Monday, March 1, 2021

It's All About The Tulle

 Maybe Covid has been going on a touch too long, or maybe I’ve watched one too many episodes of sex and the city, but I am really loving tulle skirts right now. Earlier today when I ordered one, my mom and my sister asked me if I was trying to look like a Disney princess… I mean, is that really a bad thing? I responded ‘yes’. Then I thought maybe we could all use a little whimsical Disney magic in our life right now with the help of a tulle skirt. 

In my opinion, they can be dressed up or down, and are a rather versatile article of clothing. So… I thought I would do a little roundup of some of my favorite tulle skirts that are currently available!




Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Self-Care

 Self-care and self-love have become two trending phrases over the last year or two. For some reason, during times of stress, it seems that we let things we would normally do fall to the wayside, or at least I do. Ironically, some times, stressful times are when we need to do things for ourselves the most in order to reduce stress. I feel like living in a stress and anxiety-inducing society has become the norm {which can really be unhealthy}. I can’t believe we are approaching a year of living in a worldwide pandemic. Honestly, just that thought alone makes me feel a little antsy. 

I feel like now it is more important than ever to practice self-care, make sure we are staying safe, keeping our families safe, and living a healthy life. That said, like everything else during these times, it is a little bit of a challenge. For me personally, I feel a little paralyzed at time just because things are so drastically different than they were a year ago; even though there is so much going on in the world, on a personally level it has made the day-to-day of everyday living a little mundane. I definitely fall off the bandwagon every now and then, but for the most part here are a few things to take care of myself/indulge in a little self-pampering. I would also love to hear what you all do to practice self-care. 

Workout// per usual, I feel out of the habit of working around the holiday season. I have am trying to get back into the swing of working out, and it really does make such a difference mentally and on the days I do workout I sleep so much at night

 


Devotionals// Before last year I was not the type of person who was in the practice of doing devotionals. I had broken up with someone, and after being with someone for a period of time you kind of become anchored to that person, and as odd as it sounds I was trying to anchor myself to myself. To do that I was trying to improve certain aspects of my life and this was one of them. Believe or not, I have found that reading through devotionals really decreases anxiety. I know some people prefer to them in the morning, but I do them at night just to get my mind going in a different direction. This is the one I am reading through right now


Unplug// Social media, news alerts, text messages, emails, etc. can be a little overwhelming at times. Unpluging for an hour or two to read a book, have a little quite time, go for a walk, can really lower stress and anxiety level and it seems to aide in gaining perspective on different things you may be thinking about

 


Get the Right Amount of Sleep// Just the decline in daily activity {i.e. in-person work, meeting friends for dinner, going to the gym, etc.} can make it a little hard to sleep sometimes just because I’m not excreting as much energy in a naturally organic way as I was last year. I have found that it helps to make a few plans with people who are in your covid circle {I really think social interaction is just a stress reliever}, exercise, reading before bed, and sleeping on nice sheets and pillowcase really helps. This is my current favorite pillowcase, and as an added bonus, it’s anti-aging 


Eat Right// At the start of Covid {aka quarantine} I feel like we were all so guilty of overeating and cooking to pass the time. I mean, bread making became a big trend in 2020 – I feel like that says a lot. I had already gained some weight from just being so stressed out at the end of 2019/start of 2020, and then, of course I gained some weight during quarantine… I have really been making the effort to eat healthier food and exercise, and I can tell you from personal experience, eating healthy makes a huge difference in your energy level, ability to process information, and it is a lot kinder to the waistline.

Take Time to Relax// Sometimes we all just need to put on something comfortable {shop my favorite lounge pants here}, watching a favorite movie, and just let the stress of the day melt away 


Journal// Taking the time to write down what is on your mind, reflect on a few things, and basically do a mental brain dump is a great way to work things out, let go of things, and release whatever it is you might be carrying around

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Guest Post :: 5 Easy Ways To Look A Decade Younger

 For me personally, I started paying attention to the aging process around 25 {I definitely had a quarter life crisis}. I got super into face cream, especially anti-aging ones, I’ve been an avid user of sunscreen my entire life, but started paying more attention to products that included spf in their creams and so on. For some reason more often than not women get caught up in the anti-aging skincare {which is important}, but there are other things that can make you look older such as hair style/length, how you dress, the colors you pair with your skin, makeup, etc. Today, Carrie is going to share five ways to look a decade younger!

Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels

Aging is one of those truths of life many of us just don’t want to accept. That being said, a long life is a precious gift, and it’s something to be grateful for.

Embracing aging as a natural part of life is easy when you match your positive mindset with your appearance, and it all starts by applying some simple tricks that will keep you looking younger.

Shave years off your appearance by choosing the right hair color and style

Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you when they first meet you. Given its important role in making a great first impression, minimizing the signs of aging should be your top priority.

Start by brightening or enriching your hair color to help it blend naturally with your gray hair. Don’t reach for dramatically darker hair colors than your natural hue. Doing so will only accentuate lines, wrinkles, and thinning hair even more while also being a dead giveaway that you’re coloring it. Don’t try to maintain your natural shade either – lightening is key to achieving a more youthful look. You can also rely on the length, style, and layering techniques to hide the signs of aging and appear younger. 

Create an illusion of a younger look with the help of makeup

Speaking of relying on colors and different styling techniques to combat the signs of aging, makeup is another useful tool to add to your anti-age arsenal. Thick brows, curly lashes, full lips, subtle rosy cheeks, and an even skin tone are all symbols of a youthful appearance. The best part? You can replicate them easily by using just several makeup products.


Create a blank slate by using color corrector, concealer, and a foundation on a previously moisturized skin. To add color, use a shimmery peach or pink blush paired with a creamy stick highlighter and powder illuminator. Rely on subtle pinks or neutrals to accentuate the lips you’ve previously overdrawn a bit, and wake up your eyes using light shades, soft shadowed liner, brow definer, and an eyelash curler.

Photo by Jaime Rivera from Pexels

Rely on surgical procedures and treatments to maintain a youthful appearance

While makeup and hair coloring can be effective tools in the battle against the aging process, scheduling a surgical procedure can be a great way to maintain that youthful appearance for longer. If you’re looking to simplify your morning routine and fix any imperfections in an instant and achieve longer-lasting effects, there are treatments and procedures that can help you get there.

An eye and brow lift can fix the appearance of droopy eyelids and rejuvenate your look, while Botox helps reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Something as simple as going for a lasik eye surgery procedure can reduce your dependence on glasses which are known to add five or more years to your age. Other simple procedures that can help you look a decade younger include lip, cheek, and forehead fillers, chin augmentation, skin tightening, and laser hair removal.

Freshen up your wardrobe to help dress up your age

Dressing up to look younger doesn’t necessarily mean borrowing things from your daughter’s closet, although there are some looks you can definitely steal! First, set the foundation by wearing the right undergarments. Then, stock up on form-fitting pieces that accentuate your best assets. It can be a fitted pencil skirt that cinches your waist and/or reveals gorgeous legs. Or, it can be a flattering blouse that shows off your shoulders or a stunning decolletage. Balance is key, so if you choose to show off one area, cover up all the others. Baggy clothes can add up to fifteen years, so it’s best to avoid them.

As for the accessories – pendants and jewelry will catch the eye, while a simple and elegant silk scarf will help camouflage neck wrinkles. Some other clothing tricks that can take years off your appearance include brightening up your wardrobe color palette, embracing patterns, adding bold and unexpected elements, and simply wearing jeans.

Look younger by stepping up your skincare game

Just like wardrobe, our skincare regimen should change with time. As we age, the skin tends to lose its elasticity and becomes paler and thinner, which is usually followed by uneven pigmentation. This is why it’s important to step up your skin care game on time and secure a healthy, youthful glow later on.

We all know that wearing sunscreen with high SPF and keeping your skin moisturized are key components of a healthy, radiant complexion. However, you should also add a couple of other anti-aging ingredients to your usual skincare routine. These include retinoids (they boost collagen production), vitamin C (a powerful glow-booster and antioxidant), and Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs (they brighten and exfoliate the skin, minimize sun damage, and reduce hyperpigmentation).

Wrapping up

Whether you’re 40, 50, or 60, taking years off your appearance doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple tricks up your sleeve, you can manage to retain that youthful glow and look as great as you feel. 

 

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The wish to remain beautiful and young-looking is universal, and while there’s no way to stop the aging process, there are definitely ways to slow it down. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Night Thought

 

Pantone Color For 2021 :: Ultimate Gray And Illuminating

 When I first heard that the pantone colors for 2021 were going to be ultimate gray and illuminating {aka yellow} I inwardly cringed. My initial thought was that they made kind of a dreary combination…after all, hadn’t 2020 already been dreary enough? However, after I thought on it and browsed a few new items from various collections the color combination grew on me.

Yellow brings a little brightness to things {as long as it’s done in the right hue} and it plays off the gray in a very attractive way. Here are a few gray and yellow items I am loving in the official 2021 Panton colors!

Tory Burch Robinson Tote in Gray Heron

I have this purse in this version and in the old version and love them both equally. It is such a great purse to take to various meetings, work, or to take with you on your errands run. Also, I love how the center section of this purse is large enough to accommodate up to a 15-inch laptop 

Palmacea Lotto 43 One Piece 

I have been on the fence for years as to whether or not purchase a one-piece swimsuit. This one is winning me over with its tie shoulder straps and the glamorous retro print

Head Over Heels, by Hannah Orenstein

The cover artist of this book must have had some foresight as to what lay ahead. Not to mention the cover is completely adorable! This book has been on my list for the longest time and I have heard such great things about it – will definitely be reading soon!

Sarah Flint Grear Sandals

I had the opportunity to work with the Sarah Flint company recently and completely feel in love with their shoes, the designs, and the extra quality touches they add to each pair. I guess this color combo is technically gold and silver, but it is just such a fabulous shoe, I couldn’t help but share. 

J. Crew Dreamy Long-Sleeve Cotton Pajama Set 

I have this particular pajama set in last year’s Christmas fabric and the stripe version, and let me just say, the fabric is heaven. Hands down, best cozy pajamas out there!

Waterfall Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4

If Anthropologie sold groceries, there is a very likely chance that I would do all my shopping there. I love the little extra details that they add to each piece. This wine glass set is stunning – I love the gold rim and the honey hued color to the glass. Overall, it is a fun throw back to the sixties with a modern flair to the design. 

One Kings Lane Mildred Pillow, Citrine

This is another piece to definitely pulls inspiration from the sixties, while still adding a modern twist. I love the velvet touches, and the cream and gold combination really does make for a stunning piece

Mi Golondrina Fernanda Dos Noche 

I am such a fan of Mi Golondrina Dresses; the hand stitching is stunning and I love how they fit {runs true to size}

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

I am so obsessed with Urban Decay eyeshadows. Their pallets are just so beautiful, and this particular one allows you to play around with hues of gray and yellow, and is very neutral overall

Schumacher Queen Of Spain Wallcovering

Why did wallpaper ever go out of style in the first place? I love how they can be used to create the feeling of having a bigger or smaller room, they make for a beautiful accent wall, and wallcoverings can really add an element of warmth and charm to a home

NAMJOSH Grey Embellished Headband

Another item I am so glad is back in style. This headband is so beautiful and extremely vestal  

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Links I'm Loving

 I can’t believe it actually snowed a meaningful amount in Nashville. I literally feel like I have been living in a snow globe in the most magically way possible; I’m not ready for it to melt yet… The only negative side is that it has made for the most unproductive week, ever. Between the snow, the weather being so cold, and having a fire running all day long, all I have really wanted to do is sleep a little long and watch a really good movie at night. I have also had a little extra time to browse the Internet this week; so, here are a few links I am currently loving!

One// How To Help Those Affected By The Winter Storm In Texas

In my lifetime I don’t ever remember Texas getting hit by a snowstorm like it has. If you are wanting to help in any way this article offers some great suggestions. Also, be carful donating to effort relief fund online – unfortunately, there are a few people out there who like to take advantage of other’s got intentions. 

 

Two// Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers

Okay, I have been on the fence of whether or not to get a pair of Golden Goose Sneakers for a good two years. I like how they look on other people and I love how they pair with Mi Golondrina dresses, but I’m just not sure if they are for me. However, the Golden Goose Super Star Sneakers might push me over the edge. I love the silver glitter detailing, and overall they are a pretty fabulous pair of shoes!

 

Three// TicTok Feta Pasta

I have seen this pasta all over the Internet this past week and it looks so delicious and pretty healthy, as far as pasta dishes go. Will definitely be trying this recipe in the coming week!

 

Four// Sugar Rush, by Donna Kauffman

I just downloaded this book on Audible and I am already so in love with the storyline. So far it is just a light-hearted story and such a great escape from the news, covid, and just everyday life right now. 

 

Five// Roller Rabbit Hearts Polo Pajamas

I bought my first pair of Roller Rabbit PJs back in October and now I am completely obsessed with the entire company. Their pajamas have a silk like quality to them, and as an added bonus, they don’t seem to wrinkle! Love the blue heart design on this particular pair. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

My Current Favorite Interior Instagram Accounts

 Confession, I am slightly obsessed with interior design Instagram accounts. I just love seeing how others choose to design a room, the elements they mix together, and how they tie everything together. Personally, growing up in the South, I am in the camp that tends to gravitate more towards neutrals, blues, greens, yellows, and figuring out the appropriate amount of wallpaper, mirrors, and picture frames that can be used before you cross the delicate line of being a grandmillenial or a grandmother… 

That said, I still love seeing others play out their version, even if it is something completely different from what I would think to do. Like the above picture, if I lived in a New York {or in another large city} apartment I would be all about recreating this look, but probably wouldn’t try to recreate for a Southern home… I would have never thought to put all of these design elements together {especially the lacquer paint}, but they really create a stunning look. 

 

So for today’s post, I thought it would be fun to share five of my current favorite Interior design Instagram accounts!

One// The Glam Pad

Honestly can’t believe I didn’t know about The Glam Pad till this year. The cover photo is from their account, and all of their other photos are equally amazing and they feature such stunning designs.

Two// Harbor Blue House

This is another account I can’t believe I don’t know about till just a few months ago. If you are a lover of blue and white, you absolutely have to follow Harbor Blue House. They always feature the most beautiful interior photos, and incase you are wondering, yes, all the photos featured have a blue and white color scheme.

Three// The Fox Group

This account is run by like the ultimate design team duo. Exterior, interior, architecture, design, everything they dream up is perfectly beautiful. 

Four// Rivers Spencer

My mom introduced me to this account a year or so ago, and she not only has great taste, but has the most entertaining Insta stories. Classic style, with an up to date twist.


Five// Kristy Woodson Harvey

I love Kristy Woodson Harvey on so many levels – as a person, a writer, and a decorator. She is honestly such a nice person and multi-talented, and her taste is seriously flawless.