What I bought from the #Nsale






Now that it's over, I feel like I can safely mention the #Nsale. I'm not an LTK girl {LiketoKnowit bloggers are pretty popular on Instagram, and make commission off of sales. While I do use affiliate links, I don't use LTK} and while I get it's some bloggers livelihood, it can be a tad bit overwhelming to have it blasted across all channels for three weeks.

I didn't shop a lot, but I did pick up a few things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There were some good deals out there, and some great steals on designer pieces if you were looking for that dream item. I am more into staples that I can wear season after season, to work and to play, so I didn't get anything super exciting, but did love and hate a few things.

As you can tell, I definitely had a bit of a theme going on. I love gray so much for fall and winter {and my house, and allthethings} and when I saw this gray coat on blogger Brittany @loverlygray I knew I had to order it. Perfect balance of structured jacket but fun swinging movement, plus it was on sale for $100 off! Unfortunately, this lightweight wool blend Kenneth Cole coat was unlined making it the itchiest most uncomfortable piece of clothing I've ever put on my skin! I was really disappointed, but it had to go back. If you want to try it {IMO, don't.}, definitely go down a size. It runs large.

I ordered the gray Caslon Two Pocket Knit Blazer because I knew it would be a great work piece and it was a great price. It still is, even post-sale. It's the perfect transitional weight for cold summer offices into cooler fall days, and can be dressed up or down. I can't wait to pair it with dark jeans and loafers for a casual fall look.

During the sale/after the wool coat debacle, I fell in love with this other Caslon piece, but it was never available in the gray color in my size! The day after the sale ended {boo...} it popped up in my size, so I just bit the bullet and ordered it. Super glad I did, because if you know me you know I basically wear my robe around the house 24/7. This jacket feels just like my robe! It's so soft and cozy but not heavy at all. It looks really similar to the wool jacket and felt like a good replacement.  The asymmetrical zipping adds a funky element that can kind of dress it up, making this the perfect travel/office/life jacket.  I'm so glad I bought it, even at full price. It comes in three other colors, too.

On to the boots. Both the hubs and I needed new boots, so I got these black Steve Madden booties for me. I usually run between a 7.5 and 8 in shoes, and I'm glad I ordered the 8. Even though I know the leather will stretch some, they are a little tight, but I also have very wide feet. Best part? The rubber sole and heel makes them practically silent. These come in two other colors, too.

For CJM, we ordered this beautiful pair of Chelsea boots. I loved the leather color and the plaid detailing on the gore. These boots were even more beautiful in person, but ran a little big {the toe is longer/more pointed in person} so they had to be returned. Thankfully, Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns, which makes shopping the sale even easier!

What did you buy from the #Nsale? 

Cocktails at Sunset with Mint & Smith's of Dublin





Earrings 


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Bangles 



Earrings


Barrington Gifts Tote & Travel bag -- Call to Order (478) 272-5112



Cheers to a wonderful weekend! Even though I'm not in school anymore, it feels like summer is ending as our area schools get ready to go back in the next week and a half. Doesn't it feel like this summer has just flown by? We've been so busy, and will continue to be through August and football season, but this weekend I'm taking some time to really organize my closets and pantry.

While you're relaxing this weekend, enjoy a sip of something delicious and scroll through the second set of photos from my photo shoot with Smith's and Mint of Dublin. I loved the lighting of this outdoor cocktail hour setting so much! Even the InstaStories of this was beautiful.

Two things I'm loving: the striped jumpsuit and the Barrington Gifts bags. The jumpsuit is the softest thing ever, and great for a date night during this warm weather! And I want to order these bags for myself--I have the tote in the brown pattern with navy monogram {for Georgia Southern games prior to the clear-bag rule}, but I love this white/gray pattern too! I'd like to see a navy and pink monogram personally, and the overnight bag is a really great size. Birthday presents anyone...?

Thursday Thoughts: The Blog Dilemma






I feel stuck in a rut. A blog-less, unmotivated rut. I haven't been consistently blogging for over a year now, and it drives me nuts. It was so easy when we had a ton of wedding events happening, and lots going on. But now I battle a lack of inspiration vs. being in the moment. Chronicling things takes a lot of preparation and time. I was going to do a much better job of documenting the cruise for example, but decided once I was there to be more present and not worry about hauling my camera around 24/7. Sometimes I wonder if I should just stop blogging altogether and just do Instagram, but that doesn't feel quite right.

But I like documenting things, too! This is my little diary of sorts so it's important to me to keep a record of what's going on in my world. I have to admit, I'm feeling a little discouraged by the Facebook algorithm changes. I'm finally seeing the effects of it after skating by for so long with no repercussions. And is it time to shift focus? What should I be covering, and what do you want to see? I love creating content. It is so fun to me. But I also want to see results, and create content that people want to engage in. That's the goal-setter in me, I suppose! 

So give me some tips: what do you do when you feel uninspired, or are seeking motivation for a new direction? What would you like to see more or less of in this space? I'd love to hear from you via email, comments below, or through social media! Don't hesitate to reach out!



Garden Party with Mint & Smith's of Dublin







Barrington Gifts Tote--call Smith's to order (478) 272-5112


Top: Crosby | Bracelets: Hazen | Wallet: Hobo


Top: Crosby | Cuff: Capucine De Wulf Victoria Cuff | Wallet: Hobo


Today I am thrilled to share with you the most perfect southern garden party, styled by Mint and Smith's of Dublin! You may have seen a few sneak peeks on my Instagram, as well as my "modeling" on Mint's social media, too. Kelly and Natalie are two of the best girl bosses I know, and I am so honored to work with them to help share their beautiful brands! Kelly's boutique Mint in downtown Dublin carries lines like Karlie, Crosby by Mollie Burch, Charlie Southern, and more. And Natalie's jewelry and gift store right next to Mint is your one stop shop for wedding, gifts, home decor, and more! 

A few weeks ago we worked with the incredibly talented Molly Hensley to show off some of their fabulous new items. Be sure to check out Smith's website for the beautiful jewelry, Barrington Gifts tote, planners, and tabletop items. Mint will have you covered beautiful with a number of Crosby by Mollie Burch items, Hobo wallets, and Lilly Pulitzer Swell bottles. And right now, you can get 15% off on any Crosby item from Mint when you enter the code "PIPER" at check out!


Twinkle, Twinkle, It's a Sprinkle!




This past weekend, I hosted a baby "sprinkle" for my friend Tara and her baby girl! If you're not familiar, a sprinkle is a fun little name for a smaller baby shower that is typically held for second+ children, especially if they're a different gender than the first child. To me, it's almost a little more fun because usually the family has all the stuff they need like strollers and cribs, and you can just buy cutesy, fun gifts!

I saw a cute sprinkle/donut themed invitation online and whipped up my own version really quickly and sent the design off to my favorite invitation printer, Vistaprint! The invites arrived at my house in like four days, just in time to be mailed.


The sprinkle/donut themed seemed super obvious to me, but also super fun! There's so much cuteness on Etsy and Amazon that I could not pass up. If you're planning your own baby sprinkle or donut/sprinkle-themed celebration, I hope these ideas might make getting everything together a little bit easier for you! I even took the theme to the gift and got the cutest little ice cream onesie with sprinkle leggings!

Decor:

Menu:
  • Donut cake featuring Krispy Kreme glazed, chocolate sprinkle, and cake batter stuffed donuts
  • Chicken Salad in phyllo cups topped with half a grape
  • Princess Popcorn: Skinnypop + white and/or pink candy melts melted, drizzled over the popcorn and mixed, then mixed and topped with sprinkles
  • Fruit Cones
  • Mini Chicken & Waffles: Mini Eggos + Chick-fil-A Nuggets drizzled with syrup 
  • Coffee Punch: ten cups of coffee + one tub of vanilla ice cream + two cups of milk + splash of vanilla and as much chocolate syrup as you'd like!
  • Sparkling Pink Lemonade (pink lemonade + Sprite)
  • Donut "fancy cookies" ordered from a local bakery, Sweet T's 












Oh my word, these shoes!!




Celebrate Summer




This post contains affiliate links. 
It's hard to believe that next week is the Fourth of July, and summer is in full swing! I wanted to let you know real quick about a couple of Amazon steals that you shouldn't pass up going into this patriotic holiday.

I'm a big fan of the Lisi Lerch earrings, but sometimes am fearful of committing to a fun color or different style that might only work for one outfit or occasion. Luckily, Amazon has a ton of inspired and similar looks that would be perfect to pump up your look for Independence day! Any of these would be cute with a simple white t-shirt and denim or  shorts, or a easy breezy swing dress on what is almost always one of the hottest days of summer. Plus, these classic colors will carry you through the season and into football and even holiday parties.

And the best part is, these finds are super inexpensive, and tend to be less heavy than the real deal. But wait, there's more! Most of these styles can be ordered in red, white and/or blue, too...so if there is a particular style you like, click the link below to see if it's available in your preferred color.


Did you see this super delicious and easy looking sparkler cake on Facebook? I definitely want to try this! Last year, I baked the 'flag cake' and it almost killed me. Like, literally sitting on the kitchen floor covered in wax paper trying to cut and layer cakes. Too much!

Image via Tasty 


What are you doing for the Fourth?

Let's Conference w/ ATL Girl Gang & Your Social Team







Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Let's Conference at Factory Atlanta with my friend Kelly, owner and #BossBabe of Mint in Dublin. It was the "best Sunday ever" full of empowering speakers, yummy food, beautiful decor, and lots of inspiration! The space was designed to be super cool, even though it wasn't due to a lack of AC that made us all glisten throughout the day. 

Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Ice Cream




We started off the day with panels and key note speakers, followed by a delish brunch from Fox Bros. BBQ. There were networking breaks, as well as time for ice cream from Jeni's Ice Cream {the Frosé was amaze!}. The networking space was broken into a couple of sections include the Babe Board which featured Polaroids of attendees and their Instagram handles plus a cute sitting area, two different balloon backgrounds, a beautiful ribbon backdrop, and even a photo booth inside a vintage bus! Everything was absolutely beautiful, and it was a great to see so many strong women together and meet other bloggers--it definitely motivated me to get back into the swing of things!

 





Dress: Buddy Love from Mint, Similar dress here | Earrings: Lisi Lerch Ginger in Gold | Bracelet: Sheila Fajl and Charleston Rice Beads