Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sunday Night Thought

 


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

 I always feel like Memorial Day is the official kickoff of the summer season; so, bring on the sun, hamburgers, hotdogs, pool days, and all the red, white, and blue holidays complete with color coordinating décor. As a cherry on top of the peach cobbler, there are some simply fabulous sales currently underway! Below is a complete roundup of all the current sales, complete with the codes needed at checkout!

Ann Taylor// 40% off full-price items with code CELEBRATE

Anthropologie// Extra 40% off sale items, 20% off ready-to-ship furniture, and 30% off summer entertaining essentials

Banana Republic// 40% off purchase plus and extra 10% off with code BREXTRA10

Barrington// 15% off with code MEMORIAL

Bloomingdales// 60-70% off, plus an extra 50% off clearance items

Brook Brothers// Up to 70% off

Castaway Nantucket// 15% off with code MEMDAY 

Club Monaco// 25% off everything with code LONGWEEKEND

Draper James// Sale on sale, extra 30% off sale styles

Front Gate// Up to 40% off sitewide plus extra savings on sale

Gap// 50% off tanks, tees, and dresses, and 40% off everything else with code ADDON

Jack Rogers// 30% off with code SUMMER

J. Crew// 25% off full-price items and an extra 40% off sale with code WEEKEND

J. Crew Factory// 40-70% off entire site 

J. McLaughlin// Up to 40% off

Kate Spade// 30% off with you spend $250 or more, 40% off when you spend $500 or more with code VACAY

Kiel James Patrick// 25% off all sale styles

Lacoste// 40% off everything with code FORTYOFF

Loft// 50% off tees, tanks, shorts, and 40% off everything else

Mark and Graham// Up to 50% off Warehouse Sale

Nordstrom// Half Yearly Sale

One Kings Lane// 20% off sitewide

Pottery Barn// Warehouse Sale up to 50% off

Serena and Lily// 20% off everything with code DIVEIN

Vineyard Vines// Up to 50% off

West Elm// Up to 75% off warehouse sale 

Williams-Sonoma// Up to 75% off clearance

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Summer Starter Finds

 The season of summer white’s, seersucker, long days, sun, and time spent by the water has finally arrived! Since Memorial day is this coming Monday I just couldn’t help but share a few of my summer favorites to get you all excited and ready for the upcoming season!

One// Juliet Dunn Tie Shoulder Dress

Love the style of these dresses. This dress has such a classic design with a nice flow and an extra touch of just the right something with the added detail of the metallic silver circles. Can be worn for casual occasions or dressed up for a night out


Two// Krewe St. Louis Sunglasses

I feel like Krewe sunglasses are gaining more and more popularity with each passing day. I love the classic tortoise with the crossbar design on this particular pair


Three// Lilly Pulitzer Analeese Midi Dress

It has been a few years since Lilly has come out with a print that I have been super impressed with, but Zanzibar Blue boatylicious just sends my heart racing with joy. This dress is stunning and worn that can be worn for years to come


Four// Mark & Graham Lacquer Bean Bag Toss

Does anyone ever really outgrow a good game of corn hole? I love how Mark & Graham offers a set complete with a monogram and design of your choice. The star print is a personal favorite of mine; the print is just too perfect for all your summer and patriotic holiday events


Five// St. Ann Tote 

Who else has a soft spot for blue and white gingham. I love this bag for the spring and summer season. Barrington bag are just such a great grab and go tote that can accompany to the day at the pool or on a night out for dinner.


Six// Lighthouse Cocktail Shaker Silver Plated

Cocktail shaker in the shape of a light house… yes, please! Added bonus you can receive 20% off your next Castaway Nantucket order now until June 30th when you use code ‘southerngrace’ at checkout!


Seven// Loeffler Randall Starla Sandals

I seriously cannot get over how cute these sandals are! I love how stars dot this sandal all the way throughout the design


Eight// Lobster Print 

Obviously a lobster print is always needed!


Nine// Vineyard Vines Breaker Blue Seersucker Ruffle Bikini Top

Blue, white, and ruffle detailing – this bikini has my number. So perfect and so flattering! 


Ten// Chappy Wrap American Flag Blanket

I am 100% here for the Chappy Wrap fandom! I am such a sucker for anything red, white, and blue during the summer season, and if it happens to have stars in the design, well then, that is just the icing on the cake! This American Flag Blanket just gives off all the right summer vibes


Eleven// Luna Crop Top

Under normal circumstances I am not a big fan of the crop top, at all, but this one is just to cute to resist. It would be so perfect for a day at the beach!


Twelve// Crochet-Back Blouse

White and summer just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. I am so smitten with with summer top. Beautiful design and the back is stunning!




Monday, May 24, 2021

Summer Corn Salad

 It always seems like there is something to embrace with the coming of each season and for me the colors, fashion, time by the water, flexibility of time, and the traditional summer foods are just a few summer things that makes my heart happy. I have always loved how summer dishes always taste so light, fresh, crisp, and refreshing. This past weekend I made a corn salad with a slight tex-mex flair to it that is so easy to make and is such a great side edition to basically any summer entrée. 

Ingredients:

2 Bags of frozen corn

1 Small green bell pepper {diced}

½ Red onion {diced}

1 Jalapeno {diced}

1 Package of cherry tomatoes {cut tomatoes in half} 

Cilantro

Crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbs. cinder vinegar

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

Zest of half of a lime

Butter

Pepper

Salt

 

Instructions:

1.      Warm frozen corn up according to the instructions on the bag

 

2.    After Corn is heated pour into a medium size mixing bowl, add about ½ tbs. butter and stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste and put in refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients 

 

3.    Once you have diced all the vegetables add the diced green bell pepper, onion, and jalapeno to the corn mixture. Stir until diced ingredients is evenly distrusted throughout the corn mixture

 

4.    Cut cherry tomatoes in half and fold into the rest of the mixture

 

5.    Zest half of a lime over mixture and gently fold mixture together

 

6.    Drizzle 2 tbs. cinder vinegar over mixture and gently fold into the mixture

 

7.     Drizzle 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil over mixture and gently fold in

 

8.    Add the juice of one lime to mixture and gently fold in

 

9.    Roughly chop about ¼ cup of cilantro to mixture and fold in until evenly distributed throughout mixture

 

10.  Add desired amount of crumbled feta cheese and fold in

 

11.    Can either serve right away or can be stored in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serves about 8 people


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Summer Blues

 Summer blues definitely trump the Monday blues, every, single, time. I know yellow is technically ‘the color” of the year, but for me personally, blue will always be the color of the year, every year, especially during the summer months. Needless to say, I love the color blue, I even love what it symbolizes – serenity, stability, inspiration, wisdom, and health. Plus, like leopard, blue is basically a neutral, it can literally stand by itself or act as a completely color to any color in the color wheel. Let’s face facts; the only reason blue isn’t the color every year is so the other colors can have a moment. 

 There are so many beautiful shades of blue out for this summer that I just couldn’t help but share a few. And on a separate note, I am completely loving the fact that J. Crew is utilizing their noteworthy cornflower blue for a few of their spring and summer items! 

Roller Rabbit Barre Dakota Maxi Dress

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Double Bag

Maritime Crab Dinner Plates

J. Crew Bow-Tie One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

Lake Stripe Fringe Umbrella

Lake Pajamas

Sarah Flint Blooming Petal Scarf

Bunny Williams Brushstroke Table Lamp

Castaner Carina Platform Wedge Espadrilles

Tesia Ruffled Tulle Midi Skirt

Friday, May 14, 2021

American Girl Celebrating 35 Years

 Original American Girl Dolls are like Disney movies – if you loved them when you were younger, you still love them today. I was so excited last week when I discovered that American Girl bought back their six original dolls, in their original welcome outfits! I could never figure out why American Girl decided to change Samantha’s welcome outfit… Plaid dress belted at the waist, matching plaid bow, black tights, and clutch – if J. Crew existed in 1904, Samantha Parkington would have been the original J. Crew classically preppy girl. 

Growing up in the 90’s, anything from American Girl was the ultimate Christmas gift for basically any girl out there. I am sure I am not the only who went through the American Girl catalog multiple times, carefully circling each desired item with a sharpie marker, and then painstakingly going back through to place a star next to the items that would make my Christmas wish list in my letter to Santa.

 

My first American Doll was Samantha; my six-year-old self could barely contain her excitement at the sight of that unmistakable dark red box as I peeled back the Christmas wrapping paper. Two Christmases later Santa decided to bring Kirsten, and I was just over the moon with the two dolls. 

 

Of the things I kept from my childhood, you can rest assured that Samantha and Kirsten are among them… I always wanted a Molly doll as well, but by the time I found appreciation for her stories I was at the age where I felt like getting a doll wasn’t the ‘cool’ thing to do. But now that she is back I am debating whether or not to purchase her…I mean, are you ever really too old to indulge in a nostalgic item of any sort?

 

I so hope that American Girl decides to keep the original six dolls around, and not for just a limited time. Maybe it’s just me, because these dolls and their books hold such a special place in my childhood memories, but I loved all of their stories, and overall I prefer the original dolls to the newer dolls. They are just a classic.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Links I'm Loving

 I feel like overall this week just had a stressful and depressing tone to it {I think due to the weather, maybe…}, needless to say, I was glad for the weekend to get here. On the plus side I have come across so many great links this week! So… here are my top five favorite links! Also, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!

One// Rachel Brosnahan on Minimalist Makeup

I think it’s safe to say that Rachel Brosnahan has won a pretty high percentage of people over with her performance as Mrs. Maisel. I love watching people’s skin care routine – it is always so interesting to see what other people’s favorite products are and their beauty tips. I love how easy and natural Brosnahan’s everyday routine is

 

Two// J. Crew Puff-Sleve Ribbed Sweater

J. Crew is my most favorite store to shop for tops, simple tees, sweater, etc. This top is listed as a sweater, but it definitely is more along the line of a thick top, which makes it the perfect item to use as a transitional piece. Plus, I love the added detail of the puff sleeve!

 

Three// The Handmaid’s Tale

A show no one has hear of, I’m sure… Okay, okay, obviously everyone has heard of this by this point, but I am new to the game. I just started watching the series last weekend, and I am completely addicted! The story line is so weird and so crazy and so well done that you just can’t help but watch one episode after the other

 

Four// Lipton Stress Therapy Tea

I think it is fair to say that everyone’s anxiety and stress level is slightly higher than it usually is under normal circumstances. This tea really is so relaxing and I love drinking a cup at the end of the day; it is a nice little cherry to top off the day.

 

Five// Liv Tyler Does Her 25-Step Beauty and Self-Care Routine

I obviously hopped down into the rabbit hole that is YouTube… one beauty routine video leads to another beauty routine video… I love Liv Tyler, her voice is so relaxing to listen to and she just seems like such a nice person, and let’s not forget to mention how amazing her skin looks!



Thursday, May 6, 2021

April Reading List

 I seriously wish time would slow down, I feel like this year is going by way too fast… On the other hand I am glad that Spring has arrived, everything has popped into bloom in the most beautiful way, and the smell of fresh cut grass is just so satisfying this time of year. April was the perfect month to catch up on some reading, and I can honestly say that out of the six books I read this month, I highly recommend all six! However, if you only have time for one, then The Four Winds is my top recommendation. 

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One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan

A story that starts out as a good natured trip with friends takes a quick turn into dark waters after one alcohol fueled night. Three couples, whose marriages seem perfect on the outside, expose the cracks to the imperfect and dark parts of their relationships. The next morning a woman is discover on the beach, and Gabby Watkins enters to investigate and expose the imperfections that lead to such an act. 

 

Whistlin’ Dixie In A Nor’Eaaster, by Lisa Patton

I actually read this book years ago, but decided to re-read it just because it is such a fun and light-hearted story. If you need a book that will make you laugh and just feel good, then this is most definitely a book for you.

 

Leelee Satterfield finds herself saying goodbye to her beloved hometown of Memphis and to family and friends that she has known her whole life, in order to move to Vermont to fulfill her husband’s new found passion of owning inn up North. Needless to say, Leelee finds herself a little lost in a new town, but raises to the occasion in the most Southern way possible

 

The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah always manages to write such beautiful stories and the level of depth and detail she dives into is just amazing. Highly recommend this book!

 

This story takes place during the Great Depression when so many people’s lively hoods are at stake, and the country as a whole for that matter. Elsa Wolcott life is charted out for her, in the most depressing way, until she meets Rafe Martinelli, and one night changes everything. She finds her life in heading in a completely different direction, her reputation ruined, and the only option left is to marry a man she barely knows. 

 

As the years go by and the world changes Elsa finds herself living in uncertain times. Each day becomes a battle for a better life and to maintain the will and optimism to keep moving forward. 

 

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

If you are one for psychological thrillers, this is a book that needs to be at the top of your reading list. 

 

Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, who one night kills her husband, and doesn’t speak another word until she comes in contact with her new therapist, Theo, who becomes slightly obsessed with his newest patient. He begins to overstep his boundries in order to dive deeper into Alicia’s old life and what chain of events might have lead her to commit such an act. 

 

28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

After reading Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series and Summer of 69, I am such a fan of hers. She writes the most perfect summer beach reads and is able to weave together a story in the most beautiful way. 

 

For 28 Summers Mallory Blessing’s and Jake McCloud decide to take a page from the movie, Same Time Next Year, and decide to see each other just one weekend out of the year, no matter what. 28 Summers follows Mallory and Jake, the separate paths they take in life, their one perfect weekend every year, and how their relations affect their lives.

 

Above All Things, by Deborah Raney

I found this book when I was browsing my included options on Audible. Granted it is a little on the corny side at times, but overall it is actually a well told story.

 

Judd and Evette are thrilled by the thought of becoming parents in just a few short months to a soon to be newborn baby. However, a curve ball is thrown their way when Judd finds out that he has a six-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Due to a change in circumstance, Judd’s daughter come to live with him and Evette. They learn to turn towards God, each other, and member’s in their community to help them navigate their new way of life and what it truly mean to be accepting and give love as parents. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 Confession, Mother’s Day is next weekend and I still haven’t done any gift shopping… I feel like I am probably not the only one that is in this boat at the current moment. This year is seriously cruising by and I feel like spring, may, and Mother’s Day have just kind of snuck up on everyone. So… I put together a gift guide comprised of items that any mother would love!

One// Mi Golondrina Soledad Short Dress

This is seriously a can’t go wrong dress for anyone. The detailing is amazing, it’s super cute, comfortable, and perfect for those hot summer days

 

Two// Wedgewood Blue & White Transferware Set of 3

What mother wouldn’t love to receive a set of Wedgewood dishes!? This set is just so beautiful and classic

 

Three// Jennifer Behr Fanny Headband

I know I have said it a hundred thousand times, but I am so glad that headbands are back in style and that they look like they are here to stay. I love how the soft pink of this one makes it so neutral and easy to wear with everything

 

Four// Always Pan

I love the blue color this pan comes in. I haven’t tried it out myself, but have heard such wonderful reviews about the Always Pan and just had to include it in the gift guide

 

Five// Cool Mama – Mom Necklace – Chalcedony Stone

I love how the gold detail of this necklace perfectly compliments the blue/green color of this particular stone. I also completely love how that the company this necklace comes is geared towards supporting and empowering women

 

Six// Sarah Flint Grear Sandal 

Love, love, love these sandals and this shoe company. All their shoes are so beautifully designed, comfortable, and can be would look great of any woman of any age. I particularly the Grear Sandals right now. All day wear comfortable and I love how they tie

 

Seven// Tory Burch Robinson Slim Wallet

This wallet is so classic and can be used as either a clutch or a wallet

 

Eight// Bows & Blue Dinner Napkin

I will take a bow on everything, please. These napkins are just so beautiful and I love the detail of the embroidered bow {available in blue or pink}. I feel like these can be used for so many different occasions from baby showers to holidays  - definitely a great gift for mom

 

Nine// Little Words Project Mama + Mini Bracelets

I love women run companies that make a point to empower other women, and Little Word Project does just that. This would be such a fun gift for the new mom in your life, complete with a matching bracelet for her mini me

 

Ten// On Cloud Sneakers

I feel like On’s have caught on like fire. My own mother wears these all of the time, so it just seemed like a perfect gift option to include

 

Eleven// Marble Honeycomb Coasters, Set of 4

I have a soft spot for items that incorporate a bee into the design; I don’t’ know why, but there is something about it that makes it seem ‘french’. These are available right now at Williams-Sonoma!

 

Twelve// Books With Style Vogue x Music

Is there ever such a thing as owning too many coffee table books? Seriously, a ‘can’t go wrong’ gift

 

Thirteen// Voluspa Large Jar Candle

Candles are another can’t go gift. Who doesn’t love a well blended fragrance wafting through their home

 

Fourteen// Hydrangea Light Blue Velvet Greek Key

Greek key + blue + velvet = perfection. This pillow is just beautiful