Thursday, September 22, 2016

First Day of Fall {favorites}

Y'all, hi! Its been a while. We have been all consumed with school and after school activities. I took on a few Hello, High Handmades orders over the last month so that was fun to sit at my sewing machine a little bit. I had great intentions of releasing a fall line but like always, I was over zealous and have only one pattern of the eight different styles cut out. So instead of releasing them all at once into my Etsy shop they will be gradually added piece by piece. Harry started PreK-3 a couple of weeks ago so I finally have some free time to actually think and hopefully I'll get back into my creating mode. All that to say, we've been busy and life is good right now. As unstructured and chaotic as it is.

So, today is the first day of fall SOOOOOO WHERE IS FALL? It's so blasted hot and humid in NW-AR right now that it feels like the dead middle of summer. It's all good. I really do love the heat and I'll be praying for it when winter hits BUT I am ready for cozy clothes. Sweaters, booties, layers...

I haven't done too much fall shopping lately, just a few pieces from Maude here and there. Its just been too dang hot to even entertain sweaters and layers. But I have been pinning lots of inspirational fall outfits and pieces I want to add to my wardrobe this fall and winter.

Oversized sweater. Denim on colored denim. Oversized cardigan. Trench with sneakers.

Denim on denim on denim. Hat and clogs. OVERALLS! Bomber, plaid and sneakers.

LOVE all these looks! Can't wait to replicate them this fall. I really have got to find a pair of overalls. That has been on my list for months but I just can't find a pair I love.

left to right | top to bottom

Some of my favorite fall finds from Maude. I recently purchased the oversized leopard sweater and the coney plaid shirt. Both are so super soft. I'm sure I will live in them in the coming months. And they have the CUTEST BOOTIES YOU EVER DID SEE RIGHT NOW. Basically I'm never going to get a paycheck. But at least I'll have cute clothes and shoes.

AND guess what? I got a laptop a few days ago! WOO HOO. I see so much more blogging in my future. SO much more convenient and appealing to be able to have it on my lap anywhere I choose rather than being holed up in my office. Who knew?

Happy Thursday! Hope its a great one. It's our Friday..yayay! The kids are out of school tomorrow and I am so looking forward to sleeping in.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The creative masterminds at Maude had the GENIUS idea to color-block the back of their building in the most amazing vibrant colors! It is stunning and a fashion bloggers' dream! It's been fun seeing lots of local bloggers already posing in front of the wall. Such a unique and fun addition to Fayetteville.

A couple of Saturdays ago Maude revealed the wall with an event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All proceeds went straight to CFF with fun vendors and desserts. It was such a great night at the #MaudeWall.

Jo Johnson, the amazing photographer behind all the images on the Maude website and instagram page, took the most beautiful pictures at the event. I thought it would be fun to share some of them here!

377B8898377B8897377B8894DESSERTS! Alchemy Macarons graciously donated 5 dozen macarons and they were delicious. My mouth is watering looking at this picture. I would give my left pinky toe for a mint chocolate one right now.

377B8918Y'ALL. All the heart-eyed emojis for these Zuzu's Petals crowns. Just gorgeous!! Everyone loved using these in the pictures.

377B8908Valere Rene Handbags and Crown Beauty Bar both set up tables. I love everything from VRH. I want a piece. My mom got the cutest makeup bag.

377B9161377B9193377B9495377B9502377B8903377B9490My crew. My people. My family. I love them. So much so that I can't even open my eyes for the group picture. HA!

377B9529#MaudeSquad. I absolutely ADORE and love getting to work and spend time with these ladies!

377B9560The TALENT behind the flower crowns!!
SavvyMadisonCollage Do you know these lovely ladies? Savvy is MISS ARKANSAS and is getting ready to compete in MISS USA! Madison is an up and coming musical talent. Recently on America's Got Talent!! Total local celebs. Beautiful and sweet and joyful and so much drive and talent for such young ages. It was fun having these girls be a part of the #MaudeWall event.

If you're in Fayetteville you HAVE TO CHECK OUT THE #MaudeWall! Take a picture or two! Its super fun.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Well, hello there end of summer.

HI! August 22nd. Where did our summer go? Elle started her THIRD week of First Grade today. Hard to believe we are already well into our school year. And Harry starts preschool (first time for us to be apart. glory!) in 2 1/2 weeks. We are both so ready. He talks about going to school We talk about the friends he'll make, the teachers he'll love, the things he'll learn and all the fun he'll have! I cannot wait to see him embark on this little adventure. And, selfishly, I cannot wait for a little ME time.

We had a full fun summer! And on top off all the fun, I started back sewing and working at MAUDE. So it was a packed summer. We made lots of fun memories and spent a lot of quality time together but we were certainly all ready for some structure when it came in the form of Elle starting First Grade. And by the way, she LOVES it. No surprise there. She started at a new school, not knowing a single soul, and is thriving like we knew she would. We love her new school and her sweet First Grade teacher.

Our big fun this summer was our beach vacation! My parents took us to Gulf Shores for an awesome and relaxing week on the beach! This has been the first year in many that the beach with kids has been enjoyable. Both of my kids love the sand and ocean and were content to play. Aaron would take them out on the kayak and I actually got to relax with a book. Fit in two during the week!


Also this summer, we added JUNIE to our family. She is a Blue Heeler mix but looks so much like a German Shepherd we think she must be part that too. She's about the sweetest dog we've ever known and has been such a joy to have around. We love her!


Summer 2016 was a good one! But we welcome a new season with open arms!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July from my patriotic pair!

How in the world has it been over a month since I last blogged. That is insanity. Summer has been crazy, full, fun, aaaaaannnnnnd exhausting. There's so much we want to fit in every week that it leaves little time for anything other than the typical household duties.

Hard to believe that our summer is halfway over and in less than a month (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!) Elle will be headed back to school as a First Grader. Lots to fit in in the last month. Including the BEACH (woo hoo!), school supply shopping and play dates with friends.

It's going to be a crazy JULY. But we welcome it with open arms!

Happy Fourth!!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What I Wore {Cropped Flare}

Ok, guys. The cropped flare. Hands down, my favorite trend for spring, summer and fall. So flattering, easy to style and super comfortable. Seriously super comfortable. I love anything with a mid or high rise and these have that and that perfect amount of stretch.


I can't get enough of these jeans. I think they are so fun and different without looking like I'm trying too hard. You know, I did turn 33 last week, so it's not like I can just wear every single new trend out there anymore. But I'm definitely loving this one a whole whole lot!

The flare crop is so cute styled with heels, mules, flats, birkenstocks, slip ons, every shoe in my opinion. And every top as well: button ups, bohemian blouses, flowy tanks, a simple tee, fitted tanks. The styling possibilities are endless, as is the effort. They pair wonderfully and easily with everything. And the price point (for this particular pair) is pretty nice too ;)

flarecrop01flowy blouse [similar] | front pocket cropped flare jean [here] | heeley dolce vita slip on [here]

If you are looking for a fun new trend to change it up a bit without stepping too far out of the box you should definitely give these jeans a try! I think you will really like them!

Search "cropped flare" on Pinterest and you will find all kinds of awesome style inspiration! Here are some looks that I just love and have inspired some of my recent outfits:

flarecropcollageSee? So versatile! Cool, chic, and effortless. Such a fun new trend that I hope sticks around for years and years like the skinny jean.

Happy Tuesday! Here's to hoping I have a more productive day than Monday. After single-parenting it last week and having Harry's 3rd birthday party (pics to come soon) at our house on Saturday, celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday, yesterday I literally sat on the couch all day. Lots of snuggles happened with my little man. I did get one load of laundry done AND went to the grocery store AND made dinner. So maybe I wasn't as big of a sloth as I thought at the time, but it was good day of rest that's for certain.


Friday, May 6, 2016

BBQ Yum Yum Bowls

T. G. I. F.

My husband has been out of town ALL week. And I am exhausted. And we are having a birthday party tomorrow. And I am exhausted. Ha. It has been a crazy week for us. I tend to take my husband's help for granted but after this week I am so thankful that he comes home every day after work. It's so different when he is not here. We miss him and will all be happy to see his face tonight!

So, I feel like overall we eat relatively healthy. We don't eat out just a ton. We have our moments for sure and some weeks we eat out more than others or we don't eat as healthy as we should at home. But if I'm on my meal-planning game and we are eating at home we definitely do pretty good. This week was a total bust with the hubs being out of town, but it's going to happen. I just try to do my best to feed my family well and not beat myself up if we have some busy days that end in the drive thru line. No shame in that game.

But when we are doing good, when I am doing good feeding my family healthy, then I usually plan for one indulgent meal a week. And that day is usually a Friday or Saturday night. Sometimes it's something I prepare at home and other times we go out. One our favorite indulgent meals are BBQ Yum Yum Bowls! We first had this at our favorite BBQ joint that is close to our house, Penguin Ed's. It was on their specials menu and Aaron got it one Saturday night and honestly, I was kind of grossed out by it, but it was/is SO good. They changed up their specials at our Penguin Ed's and they don't offer it anymore so I started making it at home.

BBQ Yum Yum Bowl
(a barbecue version of the taco bowl)

Layer 1: Fritos
Layer 2: pulled pork (my favorite is Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pulled Pork [here])
Layer 3: canned baked beans, warmed up on the stove
Layer 4: coleslaw (shredded red cabbage, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper all to taste)
Layer 5: your favorite barbecue sauce
Layer 6: shredded cheddar

That simple. And so good!! It is a family favorite for us! My kids are big fans and ask for this all the time. 

Every time I've made this I've either used pulled pork that I had frozen from a previous meal or leftover from earlier in the week. But you could start with the pork in the slow cooker all day, make the slaw the night before and let chill in the fridge all day and when you get home and everyone's hungry for dinner it is basically ready!

Happy Friday, friends. Hope you all have a great weekend.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What I Wore {Everyday Style}

Hey y'all. I have actually been remembering to take pictures of my daily outfits!! So here are a few of my everyday looks from the last month or so....

Can I just insert here that SPRING IS MY FAVORITE. I love layers and being comfort in layers and I am so not ready to bare it all yet. Don't get me wrong here, I do love love love the hot hot dayzzz of summer I really really really do, but I'm loving these 60s and 70s days with sun and breeze. Could do without the spring storms for sure, but have loved all the rain. AND Y'ALL SHOULD SEE THE FLOWER BEDS AT MY HOUSE. Holy Cannoli.

Everyday31This top is old and the jeans are also old but my favorite pair. DL Amanda [here]. I am loving the peplum fit that is so big right now. I've had this shirt since last spring (or maybe the spring before) it's a good transitional piece.

I've been eyeing some sleeveless peplum tops for the summer [here] [here] and [here].

Everyday30My go-to spring piece is this anorak! Y'all I seriously wear it every single day I feel like. Truth be told I threw it on over the white tee as well. It's so comfortable and instantly makes me feel put together, even if I haven't had a shower in a few days. (no really.....)

I got the anorak from Target last year. Mossimo's version this spring [here]. And it's on sale!

And the slub tee. So fun to put with a cute necklace. Another easy, errand-running outfit. Lots and lots of slub tees everywhere. Loving these from Forever21 [here] [here] [here].

Everyday29I have loved having this lightweight open cardigan this spring. Its enough weight to keep off the wind but not too warm to burn ya up! A clearance purchase from Old Navy [here] and a short sleeve version [here]. And my NEW sneaks! LOVE THEM! Kind of a random Target purchase [here] but I've already warn the heck out them. Getting ready to order myself a pair of Vans because these aren't really holding up to the wear but I'm thinking a pair of classic Vans will stand the test of time. Loving these [here] [here].

The tassel fringe necklace is a new purchase from Maude [similar] [similar]! I throw it on with everything.

Everyday28How sweet is this dress??? A recent purchase from Maude [here]! I love this floral print so much. I paired it with jeans for church because we served in the crawlers class and I knew I would be on the floor a lot but its a perfect length for us mamas to comfortably wear bare legged this summer. And it's fully lined!

Everyday27When in doubt wear this outfit. Or a version of this it. Chambray top and colored jeans. Its a classic. Both denim pieces are old but you can find similar [here] [here] and [here] [here].

Everyday26My favorite knotty top with an old, old old pair of jeans from Target that I ripped up myself. There's just something I love so much about a simple tee paired with destructed denim, a fun necklace and neutral sandals. Love these Seychelles at Maude right now [here] and this pair of distressed denim from Gap [here]. The necklace is also older from Maude but they always have the best statement jewelry! I've been eyeing this necklace [here].

I've linked up with The Pleated Poppy for her WIWW post today. Check out her blog [here] and the other linked posts. Awesome style inspo for us mamas for sure!

Hope you are all having a good week. It's been a long week (it's only Wednesday what?!) but we are surviving. Looking so very forward to the weekend and Harry's 3rd Birthday party on Saturday!! So excited for that!!