4.30.2019

Calvin Klein Royal Blue Piped Flutter Sleeve Sheath Dress



Hi friends!  I hope you are all having a great week so far and that you had a great weekend too.  I got to see Eric Church in concert in Greenville this weekend....not just once, but twice!  I have to say, he puts on an amazing show.  I just love his songs and I may or may not be slightly obsessed.  I am a total lyric person and I just think so many of his songs tell a great story.  I associate so many memories with songs as well.  I firmly believe that no matter what you are going through in life there is a song out there that you will be able to relate back to in order to help.  What about you guys?  Do you love music as much as me?  Who is your favorite artist or genre?

Another thing I am loving right now is royal blue.  A few weeks ago I posted a royal blue jumpsuit, the dress from last week had royal blue and now this gorgeous royal blue sheath dress.  I am not sure what draws me to it, but I always seem to pick this color!  I love the black details on these sleeves too.  This dress was sent to me from the Dressbarn and I have to say, you should really check them out online or in person.  So many cute things that are affordable.  This dress is a Calvin Klein but at the time I am writing this post, it is on sale for under $40!  Sizes are limited, but I will link some other similar dresses for you too.

I also got these shoes and the earrings from the Dressbarn.  The shoes are pretty basic black strappy heels, but they are super comfortable and run TTS.  And the earrings are so cute, but they sold out in under two weeks.  I will also link some similar ones below.  I dress up every day for work, so this dress is perfect for a day at the office or for church.  The quality is fantastic and the price is definitely right!  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week!


4.23.2019

Calvin Klein Floral Dress with Flutter Sleeves + A Special Connection With My Mama


Most of you know that my sweet Mama passed away last month and the shock is still very real to me.  So many people that are strangers or don't know me that well at all have reached out to tell me their own stories of grief and pain.  It is so touching to know so many people care about my family and me and are concerned.  I will be totally honest and tell you that every single day is a struggle for me;  and it is really not getting much easier.  I force myself to continue on in my life, but I constantly am missing my confidant, best friend and rock.  Even though I know that I did not take my Mama for granted, I still have moments where I just kick myself for not telling her every day how much I loved her and appreciated all the things she did for us all.

It is the random little things that make me miss her.  When I pick up my phone to call her and then remember she is gone, it is like a punch to the gut.  She was so irritated with me because I was like 7 episodes behind on "This Is Us" and I can't even bring myself to start watching them again because I won't be able to talk to her about it.  One of the things we watched together on Sunday's was Game Of Thrones.  (She would absolutely kill me for saying this on my blog because she knew people might judge her for watching it and she taught Sunday school and never wanted anyone to think badly of her.)  But, we loved it.  We loved the political struggle for power, wondering who would end up on the Iron Throne, the theories, and of course, Jon Snow and Dany.  I cried all day on the day of the premier off and on; but I did watch it.  And the next day I cried when looking at all the fan theories and thinking about which ones she would love and want to be true.  It seems like a silly thing to cry about, but it was just something we loved together and I have so many memories of sitting in my living room, eating popcorn and talking about this crazy show.  

This past weekend was Easter and a huge part of me wanted to just lay in the bed, cry and not even celebrate it.  I know that seems like a very selfish way to be, but it was the way I felt.  But, my sister, sister-in-law and me cooked lunch and held an Easter egg hunt for the smaller kids and I know my Mom would have wanted us to do that and try to enjoy it without her.  The kids had a great time and I know she would have been proud.  I vividly remember last year shopping with my Mom at Easter.  She told me on multiple occasions that she did not know how many more Easter celebrations she would experience and she really wanted to have an "Easter Parade" for the grandkids.  My Dad has a John Deere Gator and we decorated it all up with cling ons and streamers and the smaller grandkids climbed in the back and rode all around Green River.  At the time, I told her, "Mom, don't be ridiculous, you are going to have your transplant and everything will be fine, you have lots of Easter memories to make still".  And now I sit and think... she must have known somehow.

After the lunch ended and everyone left I changed clothes, put my headphones in and went for a long walk.  I went to the church where I grew up and where her funeral was held, I sat at the river and listened to the water flow, then I walked to her grave again.  I just sat there with her and told her all about Easter, what has been going on in my life and then I just cried some more.  Don't get me wrong, I know that she is in a better a place and I know she is in Heaven and doesn't care about Game of Thrones or anything trivial or silly that happens down here; but sometimes I just need to talk to my Mama.  Even if I know that she won't answer.   I know that the world did not stop for my broken heart, but sometimes I wish it would at least slow down some....I will continue to update you guys on how I am doing and what I am feeling, and I hope that is okay with you.  It is somewhat therapeutic to write it all out, and maybe it helps someone else going through it too.

Now, onto this dress.  A week or so before my Mama died, I worked out a collaboration with the DressbarnThis dress is one that they sent me and I got the day before Mama passed away.  I had it in a bag with the others to take and show her and model for her.  And she had told me about a dress she got that she loved and that matched her green coat perfectly.  The day she passed away, I saw the dress at her house and it actually what we buried her in as well with the green coat.  Ironically, it was this same dress that the Dressbarn sent me.  I can't help but think it is some sign that I should continue with the blog, continue with my goals and think of her when I wear it.  It is a Calvin Klein and has the cutest flutter sleeves.  I love the style and think it is super flattering.  And I just adore the blue and green floral pattern.  I paired it with my royal blue block heels, but it would also look fantastic with the green bow heels I wore a few blog posts back.  I paired it with some great jewelry.  The earrings are no longer available, they sold out super fast, but I linked some similar below.  Finally, my incredibly sweet friend had this locket engraved for me when Mama passed away.  It is classic and timeless and I wear it almost every single day.  It is one of my most prized possessions along with my Mama's ring.  I ordered some photos to go in it, but honestly, I need some guidance on getting them to stay, so if you have tips on that let me know!    

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on this look, about your Easter and if you are struggling with things in your life.  This blog is so much more than pretty clothes and I want to interact and know you all.  Please reach out and we can connect if you need support, we will help each other.  

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4.17.2019

Jumping For Joy In This Royal Blue Lace Jumpsuit from Amazon: Under $25!










Happy Humpday, Friends!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  It is a short work week for me as I have Good Friday off, so that is great news.  Although, sometimes I feel like four day work weeks feel longer because all the crazies come out.  Haha! Anyone else?  

One thing I am currently obsessing over is jumpsuits.  I have a couple more on the calendar to share on the blog soon.  I hope you don't mind and that you are loving them as much as me!  I just love jumpsuits because they provide a classy and elegant look.  In my opinion, they are timeless.  I am not super tall but when I wear a jumpsuit and heels, I feel like my legs look a mile long.  

This particular jumpsuit is the most gorgeous color of royal blue.  I have always been a sucker for this color, maybe because of my blue eyes, but I think it makes a statement.  If royal blue isn't your favorite it also comes in black and wine.  The lace detailing on this jumpsuit is really what makes it.  I wore a royal blue lace bralette underneath it and would advise that you do the same.  It gives the sexy edge without being too revealing.  (If my sister is reading this, she is saying, "You're the president of the itty bitty titty committee; so no one even knows if you have one on or not". LOL!)  While this is probably true, it still will make you feel better to wear one.  

Lastly, I love statement shoes and earrings.  These royal blue strappy heels are perfect with this outfit.  And you can pair them with lots of other things for a pop of color.  I adore statement earrings, as I am sure you know, and these are perfection.  I can't find the exact ones, but I have linked some other gorgeous options for you.

Oh, I almost forgot the best part of this outfit.  The jumpsuit is under $25!  Yes, you read that right.  $25 and Amazon Prime.  You really can't go wrong.  Do you like jumpsuits too?  Let me know in the comments!  I hope you all have a great week and a Happy Easter!

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4.14.2019

The Perfect Easter Dress: Calvin Klein Coral Crochet Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress


I am not sure about the rest of the country, but in the south, Easter dresses are a must.  I have so many memories of looking for the perfect dress to celebrate.  As I have mentioned before, my Mom was an avid shopper, bargain hunter and fashionista. I have some photos from Easter in the 80's and 90's to prove it below.  Enjoy that blast from the past. Ha! 

When I became a Mom I continued the same tradition.  I have drug my kids all over the country looking for the perfect dress, accessories and shoes.  One year when Hope was around 4, my Mom, sister in law, Hope and me went to Gaffney looking for dresses.  I think we spent hours trying on all the pretty, southern dresses for Hope until we found the best one...all the ruffles, lace and ribbons please.  :)  

This is the first year I have not shown my Mom my Easter dress.  And as simple and mundane as it sounds, it is devastating for me to not be able to show her and have her opinion on it; or to not have her around to help me look for shoes or jewelry to compliment it.  In fact, the Thursday before my Mom passed away, we had dinner together and we talked about going shopping together to find dresses the next weekend.  This post is somewhat bittersweet for me to write, but I am holding on to the great memories we have together and I know that she would LOVE the dress I chose.  

I got this gorgeous coral dress at the Dressbarn.  Yes, you read that right, they have some of the cutest dresses!  This one is actually a Calvin Klein and is so reasonably priced.  The best part about this dress is the sleeve detail.  I am a sucker for bell sleeves and pretty accents.  I added some gold studded t-strap heels in nude and all gold jewelry.  This look just screams Spring, Easter, church and class.  My Mama would love it.  I have linked this dress (under $50!) and all the other items below. Do you have an Easter dress too?  What are your Easter traditions?  I would love to hear them! 


   

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4.01.2019

Flower Power: Navy Floral Midi Skirt with Pink Tulip Sleeve Top










Hi there friends, it is so hard to believe that it is April!  With the warmer weather, comes spring fashion and I am so ready for it!  I love florals, skirts and sandals so anytime I can incorporate that into my day, it makes me happy.

I picked this midi skirt up from ChicWish and I just adore it!  It is work wear appropriate but is also gorgeous enough for a spring wedding.  The floral print is so fun and feminine and the colors flow so perfect.  I paired it with a cute tulip sleeve scalloped top in pink.  And it is under $10!  I threw on a navy belt with it for some added interest.  Finally, I finished the look with some strappy heels and rose gold jewelry.  

The day we shot this look was a beautiful 70 degree day in Greenville with my friends Jessica and Michelle.  We had the best time and basically took over Jessica's house changing clothes every 30 minutes.  We got some great shots and I can't wait to share more looks with you soon.  I am so thankful for these two ladies.  We text basically every day and have become the best of friends.  Blogging has brought us together and I am forever grateful for them and our friendship.

If you follow along at all on my blog, you know that March was the most difficult month I have ever experienced in my life.  It is ironic that the last photo in this post is of me laughing; I haven't done much of that lately.  I am still trying to process all the emotions that came with my Mama's unexpected death and it is a struggle for me.  It is ironic that the last photo is of me laughing when I don't feel like laughing at all these days.

My sister wrote a Facebook post this week that hit the nail on the head.  She wrote about all the places she sees our Mom and how so many things remind her of her.  I can absolutely agree with her sentiment and relate.  I know that not everyone is as close to their Mom as I was to mine, so the struggle may seem strange to many.  It is truly hard to describe how I feel, but I think there is a huge hole in my life and the void will never be filled.  I am sure that over time things will become easier, but for now, everything is hard.  I am not sure how I will ever get used to this "new normal".  I am sure that I will continue to process in writing here, but I am also going to continue to share fashion, recipes and more.  Thank you to each and everyone of you for your love and support, I read each comment and I am touched by your concern and your kindness.  

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