Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Perfect Ring

I can't believe I haven't written one single post from engagement to marriage. I could very well see this as a positive as I've been soaking it all in....but, now it's time to divulge all the details!

As most of you know, Chris and I got engaged last year in Chateauneuf Du Pape, France at one of the local vineyards. It was the MOST incredible experience. France has always held such a special place in my heart- for Chris to put the thought into planning the entire trip and proposal...really made France undeniably my favorite place.

Leading up to the trip and the proposal... Chris had an enormous amount of planning to do- including finding the right ring. Most of you will find this shocking...but, Chris had no input from me. In fact, I had no idea that any of this was happening until he actually proposed. He read hundreds of reviews online through local jewelers here in town and really did his homework when it came to finding someone who could specialize in customization. After a few days of researching he made the decision to go to Sanders Jewelers- located in the Haile Village center. He met with Rick, the owner and spent many visits with Andrea deciding what would fit my particular style. The funniest part of the story... he even took our daughter Lilly to ALL of the visits. Keep in mind she was 3 years old at the time and not once did she ever spill the beans about what she and "Dad" did that day. I would say that's extremely impressive for a 3 year old to keep that kind of secret!

Chris wanted my engagement ring to be unique and special. I adore all things vintage and heirloom pieces that have distinct character. With that in mind he knew exactly how he wanted to design the ring. Rick and Andrea made his vision come to fruition. They designed my ring to have some of the classic embellishments that you would see on something vintage. It's feminine, unique and still dainty. I've often been asked where he found a ring like this as it must be an heirloom but, it was completely designed to be this way. I think customizing an engagement ring is really special as it's something that will hold near and dear regardless ...
but, it also captures the thought and personal touch put into it.  I couldn't love mine any more.

Once Chris pulled out the ring to propose and after my initial shock of it all. I looked at the ring and couldn't believe all the incredible detail bestowed in such a small piece of jewelry. Secondly, I was completely enamored that Chris, himself picked and designed such a beautiful ring! If we were honest... guys aren't known for matching a woman's taste of style. ;)

Once we returned back to the states, our first duty was to have the ring sized appropriately. (Chris had it sized prior ...but, I happen to have the world 's skinniest finger.) We ventured into Sanders Jewelers and it was such a warm welcome back. They were beyond excited to hear all the details and see all the photos of how Chris proposed. At that point- I went from not knowing them to feeling like I had known them forever. There's something huge when you go into a place of business and they know you by name, know your family and make you feel so welcomed. Throughout the year of our engagement, we've been in and out for cleanings and wedding bands and each visit as special as the first. 

Chris and I couldn't be any happier with who HE chose and the decisions he made along with the staff at Sanders Jewelers. There couldn't be a more perfect ring.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Target Finds For Spring Under $50

I finally ventured to Target a few days ago to check out some of their new pieces for spring...and to buy shampoo. I always flock to my favorite brand in the store Who What Wear. I love the quality of these pieces as well as the design- Bonus the entire collection is 30% off!

( Also note that The Who What Wear Collection is not sold in all stores but styles are available online.)

A new brand to me that I haven't really divulged into is Wild Fable. I found quite a few pieces that were adorable in this section that also run in multiple sizing options.

I've rounded up a few of my favorites below- including a few designer dupes I found in store!


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

My Favorite Color Combo For Spring

I'm sure most of you thought it was pink and white or pink and yellow... or anything with pink. While I do love the rosy shade, I often prefer wearing blue and white during spring and summer. Much like I adorn my house in all things blue and white- the same goes for my closet. They are the epitome of classic spring colors and can be paired with a multitude of fun accessories for any style.

While shopping recently for an updated spring wardrobe- I stumbled upon a few of my favorite pieces for spring worthy prices. I couldn't withhold this valuable and delightful style from you!

During the warm weather here in Florida, I prefer dresses or light skirts. Very rarely will you catch me in a pair of jeans. I scooped up this outfit- a little unsure of the skirt at first... as soon as I tried it on together- I knew it would be a staple in my spring wardrobe. I loved the detailing of the buttons on the side and I loved the comfort and how it was easily wearable. I could dress this up or down depending on my mood or plans. The best part- it was on sale! I paired it with a simple Swiss dot top but I could only imagine the endless options I could pair with this. 

As you know my staples are basket bags and espadrilles- they go with everything! Not to mention the Castaner Espadrilles are a godsend. I purchased these last year before heading to France and let me just say... I'll forever be a fan due to the immense comfort. I walked miles in these shoes through different terrains and they not once failed me.

Another cute option I stumbled upon were these adorable paper bag pants. The material is light and comfortable and I loved the bow detail that added a more feminine flair to the style. I paired it with the same Swiss dot top but, could be paired with a tied button down, crop top or a basic white tee.

I paired this outfit with my favorite loafers- I purchased these from Zara on sale for $15 and unfortunately those have sold out but I've linked a few similar options. I love to slip these one if I'm on the go or just prefer to be a bit more casual. They reminded me a bit of Julia Engels timeless style so they are truly a staple for me now. 

Spring style for me is about effortless, easy... but ,"put together" looks. I love choosing soft colors, light materials and pieces that can go for casual or can be dressed up with simple accessories. I hope this post gives you a few ideas for how to incorporate some of this into your spring wardrobe.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Shopbop Sale You Don't Want To Miss!

If there is one sale I highly suggest partaking upon... it would be the Shopbop Buy More Save More. I'm not just saying this because I blog but, because I gueninely think this is one of the best sales. Shopbop happens to be one of my favorite online retailers simply because I find an array of designers, styles and special pieces I need for any occasion. Their prices can run from moderately low to high end- but, it's all in what you're on the hunt for. I say if you're wanting a higher priced item... don't wait! You'll rarely find designer items on sale. Personally, I'm on the hunt for another pair of Castaner espadrilles, a few midi skirts /dresses for France and wedding festivities. Most of the items I've been eyeing are on Shopbop and now on SALE! 

I've listed a few of my personal favorites from the sale so you can shop along with me. 

I'm always into floral prints for this time of year and they have some incredible pieces! I love to pair my spring wardrobe with woven basket bags and my classic Castaner Espadrilles. Shopbop has an incredible variety of colors and styles but I've only linked a few. You can access them through the items linked below.

The Sale Scoop: use code GOBIG19 to save up to 25% off your entire order (includes regular priced and sale items) 
spend $200- save 15%
spend $500- save 20%
spend $800- save 25%


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Floral Staples You Need For Spring

Top: Rebecca Taylor (old) similar here / Skirt: Anthropologie (old) /Bag: Zara
Shoes: Zara (sold out)

It's officially my favorite time of year. The weather has warmed and I can finally pull out my favorite spring staples. I love finding the pretty spring fabrics adorned with floral patterns and pairing with my favorite flats or espadrilles for an easy on the go look. I've pulled several pieces that I think are worth adding to your closet for spring!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Gift Guide On SALE!

Hi friends!

This is going to be a very quick read- I'm sharing some of my gift guide picks plus more that are now an additional 30-50% off in your cart at checkout! To see even more gift ideas that will ship to you for free and BEFORE Christmas... see other other gift guide listed here My Holiday Gift Guide - I'd also suggest taking a look back at my Cyber MondaySale guide here Cyber Monday Sales as some of these items are probably on sale again!


Monday, December 17, 2018

Home For The Holidays

Happy Holidays!

I'm finally opening up and sharing all of our holiday decor for our home! If you've been on Instagram- you've probably already noticed some of our decor but I have a full tour in store for you!

As you already know- I'm huge on live greenery and finding anything that I can from our acreage- this year it happened to be blue cedar trees that I placed in pots inside and outdoors. You can purchase any similar tree style from Lowes, Home Depot or your local nursery. I prefer this type of tree because it can be replanted and not tossed out like the traditional Christmas trees. 

Shop this blog post below!

Garland is an accessory that I can't do without. To me, it gives a cozy but elegant look to your home. I have it displayed in nearly every room and around our outside doors. I've found great deals on live garland at Sam's, Trader Joe's and Home Depot. 

For our tree- I never really switch it up. I don't have a match-y tree with all of the coordinating ornaments and to me... that's okay. I prefer trees both way honestly but I love going through old ornaments and putting up our favorites. I especially love using my old Shiny Brites that I've collected over the years- to me they scream vintage Christmas! Next year- I'd love to add tinsel or possibly the 4-h ribbons my mom has been hoarding -although I've asked to her mail those to me several times... (come on Ma'....) I saw the ribbon idea from a fellow blogger- Abigail @adventuresinabbyland- I highly suggest giving her a follow!

Last but not least, I love to use Christmas tree branches...and friends... these are FREE. All you have to do is go ask the tree lots... it's trash to them...take them! I display as centerpieces, garland, fillers... whatever I can find use for!

( side note: I do have a collection of plastic deer as well as the small stuffed Japan deer... I love them all for the holidays- I'll throw in a sneak peak!)

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