Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Christmas In Peachtree Bluff

 Is it ever too early to embrace anything Christmas related? I like to think the answer to that would be a firm ‘no’; it seems like we would all be a little better off if we held onto even a small piece of Christmas all year round. Even though the holiday season can add a bit of stress to one’s life, there’s just something about the atmosphere that makes the weight of life feel a little lighter. 

At the end of August I received an advance copy of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest book, Christmas in Peachtree Bluff, and I am not ashamed to admit that I have already read this book twice. I love that she bought back the wonderful cast of characters that are the Murphy women and all the colorful characters of Peachtree Bluff. I just love how Harvey’s characters are so relatable and there is usually always at least one character that I can identify with, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that is probably the case for most of her readers. 

The Murphy women are back, each on a new adventure of their own. Caroline is in the process of divorcing her husband and trying to navigate the waters of being a mother to a fifteen year old, Sloane is enjoying life in Peachtree Bluff with her husband and two sons, Emerson is living out her dream of being an actress I LA and enjoying life with her significant other and her sweet two year old daughter, and Ansley is finally married to her first love from her teenage years and enjoying life in Peachtree Bluff. 


For Thanksgiving all of the Murphy’s gather in Peachtree Bluff to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Ansley being the mother to three daughters and grandmother to five never experiences a dull moment when they are all together, and on top of everything else, the storm of the century is heading for Peachtree just shortly after Thanksgiving. 


Caroline’s daughter, Vivi, has made reckless decisions since the announcement of her parents divorce, and she soon makes one that puts everyone in danger. The Murphy sisters and their family evacuated to New York, but Vivi stayed behind, planning to go on a trip with her grandparents. However, just a few hours before Vivi, Ansley,, and Jack were supposed to leave, Vivi learns some new that upsets her and runs off. Her reactions leaves the three of them stranded in Peachtree with little provisions, the water rising, and no power. Caroline comes up with a plan to take her boat, The Starlite Sisters, to Peachtree in order to get to her daughter and bring the town supplies to help rebuild.  


Even through this book is technically the forth book in a series, and I highly recommend the other three books of this series, it is not necessary to read the other three to understand/enjoy this one. Kristy does a wonderful job of weaving information from the other three books throughout this one so you never feel lost or out of the loop. Christmas in Peachtree Bluff is a book that will 100% put you in the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Night Thought


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 Is Halloween really a week from today? I really don’t know where this year has gone, I think there has just been too much going on, and the year really seemed to melt together. On the plus side, the holiday season is just around the corner! In the meantime there are so fabulous weeks that I have come across this past week!

One// 73 Questions with Adel

I haven’t watched Vogue’s 73 Questions in so long, but the other day one of their video’s popped up in my suggestion sidebar, so obviously, I had to watch their newest 73 Questions with Adel! 


I honestly think she is one of the most talented singers of our time and she always comes across as a really nice person. If you didn’t think it was possible to love Adel anymore than you already do, just wait till you watch her 73 questions interview!


Two// Christmas in Peachtree Bluff, by Kristy Woodson Harvey 

I am so excited for Kristy Woodson Harvey and the release of her tenth book, coming out this coming Tuesday! I recently had a chance to read an advance copy and it is a book that will 100% put you in the holiday spirit {even though it isn’t Halloween yet…}. I have read all of her books, so obviously a fan, and this particular one is definitely a favorite of mine!


Three// Hill House Nap Dress Holiday Collection 

Towards the end of the summer I had to see what all the hype about the Ellie Nap Dress was about and now I am completely obsessed with them! They recently released their holiday collection, and of course, I had to order both plaid dresses… Keep in mind that Nap Dresses run large, so be sure to size down


Four// Elton John, Dua Lipa-Cold Heart

I have been so obsessed with this song for the past few weeks. Love Elton John and the spin that was put on this song is completely fabulous!


Five// Chicken Pot Pie

This is hands down my favorite dish to make when the weather starts to cool off. Chicken Pot Pie is basically the high point of comfort food. I played around with a few different recipes and eventually came up with once of my own, and it is always a crowd pleaser!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Caprese Bread

 I shared this simple little recipe in an Instagram Reel a few weeks ago, but thought I would share it on here as well. When the weather starts to cool down I feel like there is nothing better than a warm piece of toast either by itself or dressed up a little bit. This little recipe is so easy and always looks so beautiful, and I just love the texture of the roasted tomatoes on a warm piece of bread. Supper easy and is perfect for a quick lunch or the perfect addition to any pasta night!


-       Olive oil

-       Cherry tomatoes 

-       Loaf of French bread

-       Shredded mozzarella cheese

-       Fresh basil 

-       Balsamic Vinegar

-       Salt

-       Pepper



1)     Cut cherry tomatoes in half and place on a foil lined half baking sheet. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place tomatoes in oven and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes 

2)    Take tomatoes out of oven and let cool

3)    Place slice pieces of bread on a foiled lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400 F for 2 minutes

4)   Spread roasted tomatoes onto toasted bread and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese

5)    Toast bread until cheese it melted

6)    Top bread with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette glaze, and sprinkle with fresh basil to top everything off

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Currently Watching On Netflix

 What did we ever do before binge watching was a thing? I can’t believe it was only a decade ago that we all had to wait an entire week before we found out what happened in the story line of our few most beloved shows. 

Netflix is like a dark hole for me, once I am sucked into a really good show, I am 100% sucked in. Although we still have to wait an entire week to find out what happens on certain shows, when it comes to Netflix that is never the case. Here are a few Netflix series that I have either recently watched or am currently watching!

One// You

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like Joe is a next level Dan Humphrey? Either way, Joe is without a doubt a chilling character. Season 3 of ‘You’ does not disappoint. I was honestly a little worried that the storyline would be a bit of a reach since the show is in its third season, but so far it has been equally as chilling and nail biting as the first.


Two// Maid

Full disclosure, great storyline, but this show can be a little depressing, so if you are feeling down or are getting out of a bad relationship this might not be the best show for you to watch… The cast of this show is amazing and I absolutely fell in love with the main character. It truly is a show of determination and goodwill does pay off in the end. This series also does a great job of raising awareness of domestic abuse and delivers the message that abuse comes in many other forms than physical.


Three// The Babysitters Club

Maybe I am too old to enjoy this show as much as I do, but I completely love how Netflix has revived The Babysitters Club. I remember reading this books when I was little and watch the 90s version of this show on the weekend when I was maybe seven or eight. The casting for this show and just so perfect and it is such a great escape from everything.


Four// The Great British Baking Show

I have to confess, I kind of like the British Baking Show better than any American baking competition. Everyone on the show is just so nice and encouraging towards one another, and overall it just makes the show more enjoyable and relaxing to watch, plus, I love the way everything looks that is baked on this show


Five// Emily In Paris

This is like my third time watching this series, no shame. It is just such a fun show to get lost in. Between the shopping, fashion, men, and drama, how could anyone help but love this show

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Shopbop Style Event

 The Shopbop Style Event is one of my favorite sales of the year. It always seems to fall at just the right moment; right when summer fashion is fading away and fall and winter fashion are surfacing in a major way!

This is the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on Holiday shopping {still can’t believe we are already at that point in the year}, treat yourself to a little something you’ve had your eye on, or stock up on a few wardrobe staples! Use code STYLE at checkout to receive 15% off orders $200 or more, 20% off orders $500 or more, and 25% off orders of $800 or more!

Vince Boiled Funnel Neck Cashmere Pullover

Cashmere sweaters just make even the worst days better. Vince is just such a great brand and the quality is just outstanding! 

AGOLDE Lana Mid Rise Vintage Straight Jeans

This is hands down my most favorite jeans brand. The fit is always so spot on for my body type and I love the materials they use. In my experience these jeans run true to size

Loeffler Randall Daphne Knot Flat Sandals

I have had my eyes on these sandals for the longest time; they are the perfect shoes when you want to slightly dress up an outfit or when you feel like wearing flats to a nice event

Canton Collection Wine Bucket

Blue and White wine bucket – need I say more…

Cinq a Sept Santina Dress

I love the color of this dress and it would look so perfect with boots for the fall season and the addition of tights to the outfit will carry it right over into the winter season 

SHASHI Figaro Anklet

Usually I am not one for ankle bracelets, but I am one for gold and tassels and this anklet has both!

Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Tote

A neutral tote is one of my top must-have wardrobe staples. I have this one in a couple different colors and I completely love it – highly recommend  

Lele Sadoughi Petite Jeweled Knit Headband

I ordered one of these headbands this past summer, and I am completely hooked now. They are a bit of a splurge, but completely worth it!

En Saison Poplin Mini Asymmetrical Dress

I love the shade of this dress and the fit just makes it the perfect weekend fall dress

Stuart Weitzman Reserve Stretch Suede Boots

These boots are such a classic and an item you will have in your closet for years to come! Definitely a wardrobe investment!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday Night Thought


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 I feel like the past few weeks have just flown by… I am honestly ready for time to slow down a little, but it only seems to pick up pace. I guess that’s just all the more reason to soak in the little moments and savory good laughs and star doted nights. 

I am so excited for the fall season this year. If you didn’t know it was fall, you would still think it was summer where I live. I am dreaming of the days when I can where one of my favorite coats. For though, here are a few links that I am absolutely loving!

One// Parterre x Le Lion

This collaboration has to be one of the prettiest I have seen so far. The colors chosen are just beautiful and can so be easily worn during the fall, winter, and spring months. 


Two// Anthropologie Christmas

I am slightly in disbelief that it is already time to start thinking about the holiday season and gift shopping… I know I have said this before, but I feel like it should still be summer! However, Anthropologie’s holiday collection makes this whirlwind year already landing us in October kind of worth it. I have already added so many things to my online shopping basket. I’m going to try to have will power and edit it, but no promises 


Three// Southern Living Pumpkin-Shaped Rolls

Is anyone else a complete sucker for seasonal food, especially when it is holiday themed? Because I am a 100% for them! I haven’t tried to make them yet, but these pumpkin shaped rolls are just too cute and look reasonably easy to make!


Four// J.Crew 30% Off Sweaters and Outherwear

Sweaters, coats and jackets is like 50% why I love the fall season so much! J. Crew has such a great selection right now, and this sale just makes everything that more tempting 


Five// Shopbop for Men

Shopbop finally added a section for men! I am so excited for this addition; it came just in time for the holiday season, making Christmas shopping that much easier!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Shopbop For Men

 Holiday shopping for men, and just gift shopping for men in general, just became a thousand times easier with Shopbop’s addition of a Men’s selection. Personally, I have always loved online shopping on Shopbop; they offer such a wide price selection and I can find all my favorite designers in one spot, and I am so excited they have added a Men’s section. Honestly, with the holiday season right around the corner this addition could not have come at a more perfect time. 

The Men’s section isn’t as abundant as the Women’s section, but they have so many iconic Men’s brands already {Barbour, Vince, Ralph Lauren, along with a few other well-know brands}, and Shopbop even has a ‘gift’ section which can be found under the ‘accessories’ option! I honestly think this might be one of my favorite parts of the Men’s side of Shopbop, because let’s be honest, men are hard to shop for… and this option so simplifies those moments. But moving on, without any further delay, here are a few of my favorites from Shopbop’s men’s collection!

Barbour Torridon Tartan Holdall

Canada Goose Lodge Jacket

Gray Malin Aspen Mountain Vista

On+ Cloud Monochrome Sneakers

Persol Round Aviator Sunglasses

Barbour Case Fair Isle Crew

Barbour Case Fair Isle Crew

Monday, October 4, 2021

September Reading List

 I know we have only been in the month of October for just a few days now, but I already feel like summer was so long ago. I completely love how the air is starting to shift, store windows are a little warmer and cozier, and the fact that Christmas items are slowly starting to make their way into the retail world; it just makes the soul feel a little lighter. 

I am so happy to report that I was able to put a little bit more of a dent into the number of books I want to read for the year this past month than I was able to in August. I thought 2020 would be the weirdest year ever, but 2021 has proven to be just as weird in slightly different ways. I am honestly kind of in shock that 2021 is drawing to a close… I honestly feel like we should still be in the month of March, but I also love fall, so there’s that. Anyhow, in the meantime, here are the books I was able to read during the month of September!

The Light in Hidden Places, by Sharon Cameron

If you haven’t read this book already, I highly suggest you do. This is the first book I have read by Sharon Cameron, and I cannot wait to read more of her books - absolutely beautiful writing!


Stefania, a Polish teenager, in the midst of World War II, is faced with many challenging decisions, but always chooses humanity and love over the easy the way during Polish life in the 1940s. Stefania takes on the responsibility of her six year old sister, and short after takes on the task of hiding 13 Jews in her home, despite the obstacles the present themselves throughout the book. 


The Hard Way Home, by Jean Grainger

This was one of the audiobooks I listened to last month. I have to say this book has a great narrator, but I honestly wish some things in this particular story would have turned out a little differently for the main character, Liesl. 


Liesl left Berlin with her brother at the start of the war in 1939 on the Kindertransport bound for Ireland, and has never truly felt at home anywhere since. She is presented with the opportunity through her University to go back to Berlin to compete in a debate contest. While there she has a chance encounter with a childhood friend that brings back a flood of good memories from her younger years and sparks a connection to her past that she hasn’t experienced in years. Unfortunately, what appears to be a whirlwind romance takes an unexpected turn. 


The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go, by Amy E. Reichert

I feel in love with Reichert’s writing after The Coincidence of Coconut Cake {highly recommend}, and was so thrilled to come across another one of her books. I have to admit that I like The Coincidence of Coconut Cake slightly more than this one, but The Optimist’s Guide was a really great read as well!


After losing her husband, Gina does her best to make it through each day while trying to raise a teenage daughter, and is really only able to find comfort in her daily process of running her grilled cheese truck. When Gina’s mother suffers a stroke it forces her to look in herself and explore the unexplained and unanswered moments of her mother’s past, which takes both Gina and her sister on a journey, and the understanding the find in the past eventually sets them both on a happier life path of their own.


Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you need a distraction from your own life, then this is most definitely the book for you. Without a five out of five star book – the character development, relationships, and storyline is something to be applauded.