Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Next week is Thanksgiving, how did that even happen???  I'm excited to spend some time with family, eat lots of delicious food and get out my Christmas decorations! 

Harvest Bagels: I discovered my absolute favorite bagels!  These are limited edition from Aldi and since they are seasonal I have been stocking up and enjoying them while I can.  They are multi-grain bagels with cranberries and seeds.  I love the slightly sweet flavor and the texture from the seeds.  If you have an Aldi check these out, they also have pumpkin spice ones but these are the best! 

Embroidered Tapestry Mules: I found these beautiful embroidered mules on clearance at Target a while back for $7!  Mules have made a major comeback and are super trendy at the moment.  I love the embroidered tapestry detail and for the price I couldn't pass them up.  I have really been enjoying pairing them with more simple outfits.  My husband really dislikes them and calls them my "grandma" shoes, he just doesn't get the style.  

Swap Consignment: I have been a fan of swap consignment for a while now and am always checking to see if they have any interesting items on their site.  Swap is an online consignment store so you can thrift from your couch.  I have found so many different items and really nice brands.  I just placed an order and got so many cute things!  Let me know if you would like to see a haul.  If you are interested in purchasing for yourself us the code 25FALLFUN for 25% off your purchase, you also get free shipping on your first purchase!    

Kelsea Ballerini Unopologetically: Country music is my absolute favorite!  Kelsea Ballerini is a relatively new artist and I am really excited to see her starting to make it big.  I got to see her perform with Shania Twain at Stagecoach earlier this year and she was adorable!  This is her second album and it is really good.  It is giving me old school Taylor Swift vibes and I'm not mad at it.    

Slippers: I have a thing for slippers and these are my favorite of the moment.  They are Target but I picked them up from Dirt Cheap for $3!!  They are so fluffy and warm and I love them!  They would be a great Christmas gift. 

Let me know what has been going on in your life and what you are excited about for Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Free Country Concert and a Guitar??

For those of you who have been around for a while you know I have won a few concert tickets over the years.  (Check out my Taylor Swift concert here)  I heard about a concert in town featuring Michael Ray and Devin Dawson and thought it would be fun for me and my husband to go to.  Our local radio station had a giveaway on instagram where you could win two tickets, meet and greets and an autographed guitar.    

Both of these guys are new to country music.  It was really neat to be able to see them before they get big.

Devin Dawson and Michael Ray came out and sang together, they are both very talented and really fun performers.  I love country music!

Devin Dawson releases his first album soon and I can't wait!

It was so cool getting to meet Devin Dawson and Michael Ray!

The guitar was icing on the cake!  My husband is really excited about it and has started playing again.  He used to play when he was younger and little known fact he proposed by playing his guitar.
We had such a great time and can't wait to see what these guys do in the future!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thrift Haul

I have been doing a little thrifting lately and thought I would share a little haul.

I only found a few things so it's a baby haul but what I found I love!

First thing is this really cute gray purse.  I love the shape of this purse it reminds me of an old Target purse I have.  The gray color is perfect for fall.  It was only $3.99

I also really love the tortoise detail on the front.

This dress was $1.99 and I found it in the kid's section.  Babydoll dresses are making a little bit of a comeback and this was was too cute to pass up.  I think it would be really sweet with a denim vest and sneakers or layered with a cardigan and boots in the fall.

My last find was this faux fur vest for $2.99  I am in love with it!  I have a gray fur vest that I love layering with so a white one is perfect.  It is also a little longer so great for throwing on over dresses and tops.  For he price you definitely can't beat it.

Have you found anything thrifting lately?  Leave a comment below with your favorite find.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Spiral Hair Ties: A girl at work was raving about these, so I figured it was time I tried them out.  I was afraid they would hurt my hair but they are awesome!  They hold your hair tight but don't leave a mark.  They are available pretty much everywhere, give them a try.  Also I heard to put them in your shower if they loose their spring.  

Dear Hate by Maren Morris and Vince Gill: I love Maren Morris, she is so talented.  She recorded this song a while ago but released it in honor of the Las Vegas tragedy.  It is such a beautiful tribute to overcoming tragedy and the underlying love in the world.  The basis of the song is biblical, talking about the devil's temptation in the garden and how God's love persisted even after the temptation was taken.  It is a beautiful song speaking of God's forgiveness and how He is our hope in this world.  

Canoe No Show Socks: I have been looking for no-show socks for a while and these were a great find!  I caught them on clearance at Walmart for $2 for a pack of four.  They have the rubber grip at the back to hold to your heel.  I really like the longer front that covers the top of your foot, more comfortable for sneakers. 

Wood Art:  These art pieces from Rustic Love Addiction on etsy are my new favorites!!  They are absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to find a spot in our home.  The wood is quality and have been hand painted.  If you are looking for farmhouse, rustic decor items check them out.  They are beautiful quality and affordable.   

Faux Fur Blanket: Y'all this blanket was such a great clearance find!  I have been looking for a faux faux fur blanket for a while and this one is beautiful!  It is normally $20 at Walmart but I caught it on clearance for $6.  It is so soft and I love the look of it draped over a couch or bed.

What have you been loving lately?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I found a designer bag at the thrift store???

Y'all this thrifting haul!!  I randomly went to a thrift store in town that I hadn't been in a while and hit the jackpot!

I found a handful of sweaters, and can't wait for it to be cold enough to wear them.  Come on fall!

The first sweater I picked up was an H and M long cardigan.  It is super thick and soft and was only $1.99.  After trying it on I am a little unsure of the fit.  The pockets on the front stick out a little and make me feel poofy in the hip area (which I don't need any help with).  I still like it and will probably still wear it but I am a little sad about the pockets.

Next find was an  unbranded oversized dolman sweater.  It was 99 cents so I grabbed it up.  It has a wide neck and is slightly itchy but I am thinking it would be really cute layered over a button down.

My last sweater find was this really fun, bright appliqued sweater.  It is a little crazy and some of you probably won't like it, but I love it!  I love the vintage appliques and the bright flowers.  Embroidered and patches are pretty big right now so maybe it won't look too weird, either way I love it.  I think this was 99 cents too.

Ok, the piece you have been waiting on....I found a Longchamp Large LePilage Tote for $2.99!!!

I saw it packed in with the purses and picked it up thinking it was a fake and I was fine with that.  I have a coupled Longchamp lookalikes in the small version and love them.
When I got home I did some research on how to tell if it was authentic and it totally checked out.  It does have wear on the corners but that doesn't bother me.  Such a great score when they are normally around $175!!

Let me know your best thrifting finds!  I love hearing about successful thrifting, it makes me want to go hunt for more finds!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  All the beautiful leaves, chilly temperatures and lots of layers!  Check out some of my fall favorites:

Mulled Cider Candle: This candle is less than $5 and it is amazing!!  It smells just as good as the $20 candles but so cheap.  This one burns well and is the perfect fall candle.  Similar to leaves but a little sweeter.  

Oversized Sweaters: I love cuddling up in an oversized sweater and throwing on some boots. It's an easy outfit, super comfy yet still looks put together.      

TV Shows:  I love cuddling on the couch catching up on TV shows.  Poldark is my favorite fall show!  If you haven't watched it yet and you were a fan of Downton Abbey check it out! 

Berry and Dark Nail Polish:  I get really excited to paint my nails in the fall, I love the dark colors ad berry shades.  Angora Cardi is one of my absolute favorites!  It is a perfect berry shade that goes with everything.  

Booties:  Years ago I used to be scared of booties...I felt like they would cut off my legs and make them even shorter.  I'm so glad I ended up giving them a try, they are so versatile.  They are perfect to throw on with jeans, leggings, or dresses.  These Lucky Brand Basel booties are my favorite!  They are the perfect shade of cognac and the leather is like butter. If you are looking for a pair of booties that will last these are a winner.    

Cozy Blankets: I picked up this faux fur blanket for less than $10 and it is so snuggly!  As I mentioned before I love cuddling up on the couch with a cozy blanket and reading or catching up on a show.  I love when the weather gets chilly and it is finally comfortable to snuggle up in a blanket.    

Country Music: I love country music all year round but for some reason country music is my absolute favorite in the fall.  I think it has something to do with the fairs being in the fall and the country music takes me back to those moments.  

Pullover: My Patagonia pullover is perfect for chilly weather.  I absolutely love throwing this on running errands or just hanging out.   

Warm Perfume:  Something about chilly weather makes me reach for warmer scents.  I have a few that I rotate through but Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is my go to cold weather perfume.  It is my absolute favorite!    

Slippers: Random fact about me, my feet get really cold.  I always have slippers on when it gets cold.  This pair from Target is my new favorite.  They are super soft and cozy and I love how sturdy they are.

What are your favorite things for fall? 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Styling Graphic Tees for Fall

Graphic tees have become one of my favorite things to wear.  I love the quirky character they add to an outfit.  Here are some of my favorites and how I style them:

This Hocus Pocus tee is one of my favorites for fall!  How perfect is this one for October??

Pumpkin spice everything is pretty much my motto for fall!  This graphic tank is so fun to layer under a button down or cardi and throw some fun booties on.

Is there a better shirt for October??  This is one of my favorite quotes from L.M. Montgomery.

Barbara Mandrell said it best, I love this tee and the country flair it adds.  Pair it with booties and a button down to finish off the look. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

What I bought recently

I did some random shopping and didn't have enough for a real haul post so I thought I would share some of the things I have bought recently.  

I picked up these faux suede western booties at Dirt Cheap for $3!  I love the cowgirl vibe and can't wait to style them!

My next find were these floral slip on mules.  These shoes are super trendy and I have been considering them but didn't want to spend a lot.  I wasn't sure if I would like them.  I found these on clearance at Target for $7 and snatched them up.  Styling them is a little difficult because they are a little wild but I have worn them a couple of times.  My husband isn't the biggest fan of them but I think they are gorgeous!  So pretty for fall!

Last purchase to share, and super random but I picked up the Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream for me and my husband to split.  We are big fans of Halo Top and hadn't tried this flavor yet.  I was not let down at all.  It didn't' have a lot of cookie dough but the flavor was really good!  Have you tried Halo Top?  What is your favorite flavor?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jack Rogers Lauren Splurge vs Steal

Jack Rogers Lauren Splurge vs Steal

Y'all I am a fan of Jack Rogers.  I got my first pair after I graduated college and wore them to death.  My first pair actually just broke and I have to figure out how to get it fixed...if you have any tips let a girl know.  I have only had the original flip flop version but had my eye on the two strap Lauren.  I was randomly shopping on Walmart and found these cork two strap sandals that give you the same look.  Obviously they are not real leather and the quality is much lower.  They have a strap in the back but I ended up cutting off to make it look even more like the real deal.  If you are a fan of Jack Rogers but don't want to pay the high price go check out these and let me know what you think!  P.S. I usually wear a 6.5 and got a 7, they fit great.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Styling Dresses for Fall

Dresses are my favorite, one piece of clothing and you have an outfit.  I love dresses for all seasons but especially fall.  I love all the layers!  I got a few new pieces and thought I would show some outfit styling I am really excited to wear for fall!  P.S. it has finally started to feel like fall and I am loving it!!

This plaid dress from Filly Flair is one of my new favorites!  It just screams fall.  I am a vest person and love throwing a vest over pretty much anything.  This is one of my favorites, I love how it looks with the plaid.  I'm also trying to step into pattern mixing, I'm loving the leopard and plaid together.  

Another dress from Filly Flair and I love the fall floral with the cute cutout.  I picked this faux fur vest up at the thrift store for $3 and am in love!  The boots were a deal find as well at $3 from Dirt Cheap, I can't wait to break them out for fall. 

Another floral dress and a vest.  This vest was a thrift store find and I love the vintage vibe.  I paired it with a gem necklace and my favorite new booties.  They are the prettiest blush pink color and bring the edginess down just a little.

What can I say I am a floral girl.  This jacket was a DIY and I am obsessed with it!  I applied patches from aliexpress on an old Gap jacket and turned it into one of my new favorite pieces.  Can't stop won't stop with these blush booties.

My last outfit is a floral tunic top, the softest leggings ever from Simple Addiction and a comfy long cardigan.  I am loving the gemstone trend and this one from Rue21 is perfect for fall.  Since I love those blush booties so much I had to get a black pair, and they are perfect!

What are your favorite fall outfits and what are you most excited about?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: I was given this concealer by friends and it definitely lives up to the hype.  I goes on smooth and hides all the imperfections.  It is really easy to apply and lasts well.  If you haven't tried it, the hype is real.    

Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Creamer: On my last Friday favorites I talked about my favorite coffee, this time I thought it was time to talk about my favorite creamer of the moment.  I have been a fan of hazelnut creamer since college and the love lives on.  I have tried lots of different creamers but always fall back on my old faithful hazelnut.  I love the slight hazelnut flavor that it adds, nothing overpowering.  If you haven't tried hazelnut creamer go try it!  Also let me know what your favorite creamer is.   

Poldark Season 3: Poldark is back!!!  This is my favorite show on at the moment.  If you haven't ever watched it and you are a fan of Downton Abbey definitely check it out.  The story-line continues with the love triangle between Demelza, Ross and Elizabeth.  As if that wasn't enough drama the war is encroaching on their lives.  I'm loving diving back into the lives of Ross and Demelza, (definitely team Demelza all the way).  If you are a fan of Poldark let me know what you think of this season.  

Cookie Notti Espresso Spread: This stuff was a random find from Big Lots.  I love the cookie butter from Trader Joe's so I thought this would be worth a try.  Honestly it is pretty similar to the Trader Joe's version.  This version I picked up has an espresso center.  I am a coffee fan so I enjoy the espresso flavor but I can definitely see how it could be too much for some people.  I have been enjoying putting it on toast, waffles and breakfast cookies.    

Essie Vested Interest: Fall is finally here and that means darker nails!!  I think fall and winter are my favorite times to paint my nails.  I love the rich, dark colors and I just feel like my nails should be painted in the fall.  This color is a dark tealy green and I am a fan.  It is such a pretty color and I feel like this greeny color can be a fun neutral. 

What have you been loving lately?  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekend Adventures (Talladega, football, and family)

Time for another weekend recap.  My sister and her boyfriend made the trip to visit us and we had such a great time!  

This weekend was also homecoming at Alabama and we wanted to show them the campus and stadium.  Usually we stay far away from campus on football games but we decided to head out to show them around.

We lucked out and found a random free parking spot and walked around campus.  Things were pretty crazy, it was homecoming after all.  We still haven't been to a game but it was pretty cool to be in the atmosphere and just hang outside the stadium.

Since my sister was going to be in town I planned on having her take a few pictures of me and Kyle. 

Of course we end up with some like these...

Rae's boyfriend was able to get Talladega tickets for all of us for the weekend and we of course took him up on it.  I'm not a Nascar fan at all but it was quite the experience.  Even though I'm not a fan it was really fun to be around all the fans and experience Nascar in all its glory.

We were cheering for Dale Earnhardt Jr. since it was his last time at Talladega, he didn't end up winning but he gave a good fight.

There were three wrecks throughout the race and they were pretty exciting.  Luckily no one was hurt, some of them got pushed into the wall and hit a couple of times.

On our walk from parking to the track we stumbled on the motocross show.  Little known fact about me I love this stuff!  When the X-Games are on I get pretty excited to watch these people perform these crazy stunts that I would never even think about doing.  If we go back I would love to go earlier to catch the whole show.

We had such a great time this past weekend, it was so great to see my sister.  It was a jam packed weekend and I am definitely going to need another weekend to recover but it was really fun!