Friday, September 21, 2018

The Last of Summer...













Dress:
Belk (on sale!) Also purchased this one)| Shoes: Target (similar here, here and also love these)| Bag: Francesca's| Hair: Barefoot Blonde (Peanut butter and Jealous)| Sunglasses: Francesca's (similar here, here and love the black version here)| Nails: Essie "Wild Nude"

I wore this look a few weekends ago out for brunch in Charleston. We spent a long weekend there as a family and it was so much fun! I found this dress in the Juniors section at Belk! I loved this print for summer and can't wait to pair it with a cardigan and booties for in the fall. This bag has also been a staple for me this summer. I love the woven material and the size is perfect for abreviated necessities while exploring. Isn't Charleston is so picturesque?  I wanted to take this tile home with me... I hope everyone has a great weekend! Xxo, Christina 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Affordable Fall Table Scape































Table/Chairs/Bench: locally made here|Rug: World Market| Table Runner: Anthropologie|Gold pots: Ikea| Napkin Holder: Ikea| Napkins: Homegoods (similar here and love these)| Pumpkins: Target| Gold Chargers: Target (only $1.99 each!) (also love these)| Ceramic Leaves: Target 

If you have been to any store lately, you know all of the fall, halloween, and even Christmas decor is overtaking shelves. Like every basic girl, fall is my absolute favorite time of year... football season, cooler temps, and spirit of a fresh start. I haven't quite gotten into full fall mode secondary to it still being 90+ degrees here daily in South Carolina. But I did want to add a little hit of fall to my home to get our family excited for the season. I wanted to share with you an affordable and subtle fall table scape.

Target dollar spot does it again! I found these mini velvet pumpkins for $1 each. I love the grey, mint, and navy colors because I'm not a huge orange and red fan... too much visual stimulation for me haha. I've always been a neutral girl. I also found these beautiful mint ceramic leaves for $1.50 each. To finish off the table scape, I added this eucalyptus bunch from Trader Joes and added some disposable printed napkins to my gold napkin holder. Lastly, I'm thinking about adding these napkins... I hope y'all find a little inspiration and I'd love to see all of your early fall decor ideas!

Hope you have a great start to your week! Xxo, Christina

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: The Dress






I'm starting a new series on the blog called "Wedding Wednesday." As some of you may know, I am a newlywed and recently married my love on May 5th! While wedding planning is super exciting, it can also be overwhelming with the amount of time, decisions, and money that goes into it. I wanted to share some content on my experience and hopefully spread a little inspiration and encouragement. 

I love style, yet I was never the girl that had a clear, specific vision for my wedding day. I just knew I wanted to have a fun, beautiful day,surrounded by all of my favorite people and celebrating love... and wear a fabulous dress. 

So that is where I will start, with the dress. It (surprisingly) was not the first wedding decision we made. Budget and photographer topped the list (shout out to the AMAZING Christina Lemons of Foxhouse Studio who made my day and vision come to life through her lense! ...A whole blog post on that to come soon)!

As I mentioned, I didn't have a clear vision for my dress, but I did know three key elements, 1. a sweetheart neckline, 2. abohemian feel, and 3. the ability to dance! I secretly admired the large tulle ball gowns and embellished/textured works of art, but I wasn't sure if it was practical for our day... but that didn't mean I couldn't try them on...

My wedding dress shopping experience was fun! I didn't want to get too overwhelmed with choices, so I did my research online, Pinterest, Instagram, and sites like The Knot and Style Me Pretty for inspiration. I narrowed down a few styles and brands that I kept gravitating toward and then researched boutiques that carried these designers. I also knew I wanted to go to a few different places for the "experience" of it all.

My first stop was a Boutique in Charlotte, NC called J. Major's Bridal. (It was recommended to my by a girl friend and they were one of the few bridal boutiques in the southeast that carried Sarah Seven dresses). I was actually alone, passing Charlotte throughout on my way to one of my best friend's bachelorette parties, and I decided to make an appointment. My stylist was so kind and patient, encouraging me to pull different styles and silhouettes to see what I truly liked on. It was a great experience! When I left, I couldn't get this one Sarah Seven dress out of my head. But, I couldn't commit at the first boutique, when I didn't have any back up... 

I decided to book appointments at 4 more places in Atlanta, GA. Like Charlotte, ATL was equidistant from Greenville, offered more of a selection, and offered a day trip experience. I went with my sister and our first stop was The Sentimentalist. Oh. my. goodness. If you are in the south, this salon is amazing. It's bohemian and vintage vibe is so inspiring and it's quant location, in an old bungalow house, is the perfect setting for feeling comfortable and special. I again, tried on many different dresses everything from a blue tulle ballgown to an all lace long sleeved vintage gown (see pictures below). I played around with different accessories, belts, head pieces. Ah so fun. I am so thankful to The Sentimentalist for letting my play dress up and feeling like Sarah Jessica Parker for a day. Interestingly enough, they carried the same Sarah Seven dress that I couldn't stop thinking about from Charlotte, but only a sample and it wasn't available for order. They also carried a Leanne Marshall dress/skirt option that struck a cord with me. It was colorful, whimsical, and so... different. I love the shape, the color, and the way it made me feel. A bit over my price range, and so different from my first Sarah Seven love, I was torn. I racked my brain during my other appointments at The White Magnolia salon and was so torn I shortened my appointment at Anthropologie's BHLDN (great dresses, bridesmaid options, and accessories btw). I went home inspired, with 1500 photos on my phone, and yet, torn. I was torn between two dresses. It took me a while to decide, but I didn't have too long. I finally decided to stay in budget, go for a classic, feminine, bohemian  vibe, and style it with special accessories. I ended up purchasing my Sarah Seven "Lafayette" gown from J. Majors Bridal, "Floral and Garden" head piece from Twigs and Honey #748, and finished it off with a gold angular belt from J. Major's Bridal's showroom. 


















Thursday, August 9, 2018

The (second) Best Summer Dress: Free People

 













Free people is always my go-to for light weight, bohemian summer dresses. I shared my absolute FAVORITE summer dress in this post. This white number is my second favorite dress I own. It is light weight, a feminine shape, and the embroidery detail is stunning. I also love these newer embroidered versions here and here. I hope everyone is having a great week! Xxo, C