Thursday, August 23, 2012

What to Wear on a Road Trip

Today's My Friday's Fancies is all about road trip attire.  I'm not one of those girls that gets all dolled up to get in the car.  I go for comfort!  I always hope I don't see anyone I know when I'm traveling and as sure as I'm thinking, "I look awful but I'll never see anyone I know in the middle of no where Alabama", sure enough I do.  Does that ever happen to you?  Well today's inspiration board is something I would wear on a trip, and not worry if I run into that always put together friend that we all seem to have!

Road Trip

When I think comfort and stylish, two brands come to mind...Michael Stars and Toms.  These are two of my favorite brands so I had to feature them.  Splendid is top on my list as well!  

If you want to join in on the My Friday's Fancies fun, check out Long Distance Loving and link up.

What do you think of my road trip attire?

Summer Hair Beach Waves from Fekkai

One of my favorite ways to wear my hair is that no fuss, summer beach wave look.  You know, the Giselle hair...mine doesn't quite look that good but you get the picture. Unfortunately for me, I have stick straight, fine hair and I'm not around a beach all that much.  Hmmm.. that could be an issue, but fortunately, I discovered a product to help me get this look year round.  It's called Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves.  I discovered this little jewel of a beauty tool a few years ago while shopping, (imagine that!), at a cosmetic's store here in Nashville, and since then I've seen it pop up in several magazines and stores around town.  The bottle is a little pricey, but so worth it!  I just spray it on after the shower and let my hair air dry, simple and low maintenance hair...just my style.   

The beach wave look....
Kate Hudson routinely rocks this hair as well.

Get this look with Fekkai...
Buy it here 
$26/ 5oz. bottle

This is the secret to no fuss, wavy hair.  I love this product so much I wanted to share the secret!

Have you tried Fekkai? What do you think of beach wave hair?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How To Mix and Match Prints

Today's post I'm dedicating to the ever popular, yet ever so difficult trend to pull off....the mixing of prints.  Now I am really seeing a lot of this trend this season as most designers, and retailers, are showcasing fool proof outfits that incorporate this look for you.  However, it's not a hard trend to pull off with things you may already own in your closet, if you know a few simple rules....

Here's a look I put together with a few items from my closet.

 Top- J.Crew here // Skirt- Anthropologie similar skirt here //  Shoes- Jessica Simpson here

I won these amazing earrings from JEWELIQ on Side Smile Style.  Thanks Ashley!

Rules of Mixing Prints

1) Keep the prints along the same color pallets.  I like to use the same color somewhere in both prints to tie them in together.
2) Try to stay in the same fabric family.  This is not a necessity, but one I try to stick by so things don't get too crazy.
3) Keep the accessories and hair simple.  We don't want this looking like something straight out of the eighties now do we?

That's about it.  You can do this look yourself, or shop below a few of my favorites I've found already put together for you.
Mixing Prints

Sleeveless blouse / A|Wear polka dot top, $47 / A|Wear printed shirt, $55 / A|Wear grey skirt, $94 / Mink Pink skirt, $63 / Mango paisley pants, $55

Last but not least...thanks so much to Joelle from My Passion is Fashion for my versatile blogger award!  Hop on over and check out her fabulous blog here.

Linking up today with The Pleated Poppy!

What do you think of the mixed print look?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Etcetera Clothing....New Fall Collection

I am obviously a huge fan of shopping and over the years, I have really been able to spot the difference in some quality clothing. Well today, I want to feature one of those quality lines...Etcetera. Etcetera is a top notch clothing line that for years has been bringing trendy, yet classic styles that can go from day to night and look fabulous. They sell exclusively through home shows and currently are featuring their amazing fall collection.  So take a look at some of my favs for Fall from Etcetra.  Just click on the picture for more information....
This outfit pairs the classic trench with the trend worthy colored jean.  Fabulous!

The mix of polka dot prints in this ensemble is "spot" on!

Crushing on the color of this skirt.

Printed pants are everywhere this season.  Here's a classic way to get in on this trend.

So these are just a few of my favorite pieces from Etcetera's fall collection.  If you want to see more, click on the pictures to view the entire look book. They're currently looking for a representative here in the Gallatin/Hendersonville area as this is a great way for someone to earn extra money as well as receive great discounts on this fabulous clothing line. Yes, please! If you like what you see and your interested in ordering, or becoming part of this amazing team, contact Holly at

Which one is your favorite look from Etcetera?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sunset Celebration

My Friday's Fancies this week is all about summer sunset celebrations.  I love that time of day the most, as it is a time to lay back, relax and hopefully take in the beauty of the day gone by.  If you are watching the sunset at a beach, it's even better!  My outfit inspiration today is fitted with the colors of sunset and the ocean as those are two things that just seem to go together so well in my mind.  I hope you may find a little sunset celebration this weekend whether it be at the beach, or in your own backyard.

Sunset Celebration
River Island cut out party dress / Sam Edelman leather flip flops / Kate Spade stacking bangle / Lisa Stewart cluster earrings / ETCHED CHAMPAGNE FLUTES - SET OF 2 | custom glass | UncommonGoods

So what do you think of my Sunset Celebration ensemble?

Want to join in on My Friday's Fancies?  Hop on over to Long Distance Loving to join in on the fun.

 If you get a chance, check out Laura's blog at Styled By Laura.  I guest posted for her yesterday and her blog is amazing!  You have to check it out.  Thanks Laura!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fall Fashion Finds....J.Crew

One of my favorite mall stops is the Mall at Green Hills in Nashville, and J.Crew is always a store I find myself stopping, and yes, shopping at quite often.  Don't get me wrong, shopping with a beer budget is not easy in a store like J.Crew, everything is so stinkin' cute, but you can find some great staples you can purchase and then add on to each year.  Here's a few under $100 items I'm craving for fall and they are sure to be a fabulous addition to your wardrobes as well!

sweater- $69 

Stripes are all the rage this season and I am in love with this sweater.  Notice the buttons on the shoulders.  The details are fabulous!
blazer- $99 SALE!
Everyone needs a good blazer for transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall.

Love these pants for those day to night looks.

Which of these pieces from J. Crew are on your wish list for fall?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fall Fashion Finds from White House Black Market

Ready for my second day of fall fashion finds?  I'm dedicating this week to all my favorite main stream stores you can find in any local mall and the new items you can score for fall.  My store today is White House Black Market.  This is a really good store to shop when you are looking for a trendy, yet basic piece you can wear for years and not spend a fortune.  Take a look at a few of my favs you can find in your local WHBM and be spot on trend this season.

skirt- $88// shoes-$118 (use the $20 off coupon to keep these under $100!)

Loving this snake skin pencil skirt and the shoes are amazing. You have to have a pair of cap toe shoes this season!  

This basic black skirt is so versatile it can be worn with a number of different outfits and styles.  This is a great piece to add to any one's wardrobe!

Do a little searching and you should be able to find a $20 off your purchase of $80 or more coupon.  I had one mailed to me, but look around for one, it's so worth it to get the good deals.

Which of these from White House Black Market is your favorite?

If you're here in the Nashville area, mark your calendars for the Little Sprouts Children's Consignment Sale in Franklin this Thursday, August 16th-18th.  It's one of the premier consignment sales in the area specializing in boutique and upscale children's clothing and accessories.  You don't want to miss this one!  For more information, check out their website at

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fall Fashion Finds..Day One

It's back to school time and this time of year brings back happy memories of shopping with my mom.  She would always take me back to school shopping, and yes, even as a little girl, I loved this past time as much as I do now! Only problem is, now it's my own money, so I'm a little more focused with the necessities vs. the wants.  This week, I will be bringing you all some fabulous outfits from some of my favorite retailers who just happen to be located in every local mall around the country.  Take a look at some of my fall must haves from Banana Republic....all for less than $100 of course. Also here's another money saving tip....if you sign up for Banana's emails, you'll routinely receive 40% off coupons so these items are even more affordable!


Quilted Faux-leather cross body $59



If you like these items you're in luck.  Use the code SPECIAL20 online by the end of today for 20% off your entire purchase! 

Which of these fall must haves are your favorite?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gushing Over Animal Prints

One of my favorite trends for years has been the animal print and this fall they are back with a vengeance.  I, for one, am super excited as I think they almost come across as a neutral since they can go with so many colors and styles. Everyone can find a way to incorporate them into your wardrobe whether they are a main piece or an can find a way to fit them into your fall style.  Go big or go small, but you can't go wrong with an animal print.  Here's a few options that will look fabulous on anyone this fall season.

Animal Prints

So will you be rockin' the animal print?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fun at the Fair!

Last night the hubby and I took the kids to the Williamson County Fair.  I don't know who had more fun, the kids or us!  So for today I wanted to share with you all a couple of my favorite rides and treats from last night.

My favorite ride ....

This one followed a close second...
My son and I saw the most amazing fireworks display while riding this one!

I am also obsessed with the fresh squeezed lemonade...

And of course it wouldn't be Nashville without a celebrity sighting or two...

This picture was obviously not from last night but it is Keith and Nicole at a fair.  Everyone at the Williamson County one saw them but us, of course!

We did see Jason from General Hospital though!

So have you been to a fair recently?  What's your favorite thing about the fair?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fashionable Football Attire

It's August and here in the great state of Tennessee it's time to start thinking football.  Yes, that's right....we're pretty much done with summer, schools starting back, pools are winding down, and the countdown to football season has officially begun!  If your football team is in the SEC and your a southern girl, it's pretty much a sure thing you are into the great American past time know as football.  On any given Saturday, you'll find hundreds of thousands of screaming fan displaying their school colors and pageantry in the stadium and around towns, and in the south, we are serious about our school pride.  If you're a southern girl, you've probably already been discussing what you will be wearing to that first game.  Now personally, I think Ole Miss girls take the cake when it comes to dressing the part of game day, but the rest of us can look pretty darn good as well!  Just as important as the game itself, is checking out which outfits you and all your friends will be wearing.  I've never been into wearing the school jersey's with jeans, (not knocking you if you like that look!) I just prefer to dress up a little more, even if I'm not always the most comfortable fan in the stands.  So for today, I'm sporting my game day attire for the first University of Tennessee game and I'm also showing a few of the outfit choices I would choose for a few of my fellow SEC rival schools.  Go Vols!

The anatomy of southern game day attire...
University of Tennessee Game Day Dress

Colorful Accessories
Cute Cowboy Boots
cowboy boots//BCBG- similar here
Shop here for a few other gush worthy dresses you can rock these upcoming SEC game days....
SEC Game Day Attire

If you're here in the Nashville area, mark your calendars for the Little Sprouts Children's Consignment Sale in Franklin August 16th-18th.  It's one of the premier consignment sales in the area specializing in boutique and upscale children's clothing and accessories.  You don't want to miss this one!  For more information, check out their website at

So what's your favorite game day attire?

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Classic White Tee

The white tee is a classic staple everyone should have in their wardrobe. In fact, if you're like me, you should have several as I always seem to spill and stain mine....maybe I'm just super messy! I already have my supply of tees, so I was really excited to see the white tee in the mix again for the fall fashion trends. My Friday's Fancies today is focused on the classic tee and showcasing all you can do with this one, simple piece. Here's my take on a gush worthy outfit I will totally be sporting this Fall season. 

The White Tee

Michael Stars scoop neck t shirt / Fur vest, $66 / Levi's skinny fit jeans / Geox boots / Big Buddha handbag
I consistantly adore Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's style and here she does it again. The faux fur vest, coupled with the classic jean and tee is spot on for shopping, travel, or just looking effortless. 

You want to join in on My Friday's Fancies?  Hop on over to Long Distance Loving to get started!

We still have a few of the green statement necklaces left!

They are just $50 and the perfect accessory for any fall outfit!  If you want to order one, just leave a comment with your e mail address on the original post here.

So what's your favorite way to wear the classic white tee?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cap-Toe Shoes

One of my favorite must have fall trends is the cap-toe shoe.  They are classy, feminine and come in a variety of styles and colors to suit just about any occasion.  Have you all seen these in the magazines and runways?  I've been seeing them for a while now, but I think you will really notice they are everywhere this fall.  I don't have have a pair of these fabulous shoes yet, but I foresee a pair in my future!  I've spotted a few celebs sporting the trend this year.  Here are a few of my favorites...


Here's a few gush worthy pairs you can add to your wardrobe....all for less than $100 of course.

Cap-Toe Shoes

Michael Antonio platform ankle booties / Platform high heels / TOMS flat shoes / Wallis snakeskin shoes / ASOS high heel

Don't forget the new color for the fall statement necklace from Geranium.  It now comes in dark green and is only $50....just in time to add a pop of fun to your fall ensembles!

If you want to purchase....leave a comment with your e mail address on the original post here

So what do you think of the cap-toe shoe?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Busy Little Bee

I've been a busy little bee these past few weeks.  My kids went to visit the grandparents and I actually had a little time to work on my house!  Of course, the week went by a lot quicker than expected and I didn't get near as much done as I intended...(isn't that always the case?) but I did manage to get my kitchen in order.  

First up, the cabinets.  I live in a 1960's ranch house, and I think, most of the cabinets are original...just painted.  They are white, which worked fine for a while, but as most of you know, I'm obsessed with chalk paint so I took this time to paint, distress, and then coat in wax the entire cabinet area.  I also replaced the knobs. 
The original cabinet and knobs.

After painting with chalk paint, distressing, and adding a brown wax.

Second, I recovered the old, boring, brown chairs in a duck egg blue chalk paint as well as recovered them in this fun yellow print.  This one required a ton of Scotch Gard since I have super messy kids!

Last, I made some Roman shades to fit the window above the sink.  We seem to get the direct morning sunlight in this window, and in the mornings, it can be extremely blinding as well as super annoying to my kids while they are enjoying their breakfast. 

The entire project cost less than $200 with the majority of the cost being the gazillion knobs I had to purchase.  Other than that, most everything else was super cheap it just took a lot of man hours...especially for those cabinets.  

So what do you think?  Does this look like a home improvement project you might under take?


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