southern charm

Sep 29, 2016

Denim on Denim Outfits
Triple the Denim
Denim from head to toe
Denim on Denim Outfit
Denim Outfits
Denim on Denim Outfits
denim jacket // chambray shirt // jeans: zara (similar) // shoes 

One thing I love about living in the south, are the homes. Before Chris and I could ever imagine the kinds of places we would live, he would tell me about how one day he wants a bunch of land so that I can teach him how to ride a horse. Our dogs running around. And a large deck that wraps around the whole house so that he can go out every morning and have his coffee. It sounds like a nice little dream right? Well that is the fantasy plan. Once this military chapter comes to a close and our future is a little more concrete, we would love for that dream to become a reality. I am a country girl at heart. Sure I love the amenities that a city has to offer, but as long as UPS can get to my house I am a happy camper. 

I have always had this double side to me. Growing up I was around cowboys. I got up in the morning before the sun came up and would start to water down the arenas for training. Grab horses and start saddling them up. Whether it was before or after school I was covered in dirt and horse hair. I loved barrel racing and horse shows. But then I would go home and wash it all off. Play with makeup, curl my hair, and make a mess of my room trying to put outfits together. 

It was always funny when the two words would collide. One night my friend and I were going to a Rascal Flatts concert and my horse trainer called me to tell me that she was stuck in a town about two hours away and needed me to go pick up shots from the vet and give them to a sick foal that was in the barn. So I went. When I showed up at the vets office, a place that I was at frequently, they looked at me like...what are you wearing? Who is this? And if I remember correctly my vet said "you look a little different when you're not covered in horse boogers". 

Or another time when I had a cheerleading competition on the same day that I had a horse show. Changing out of a cheer uniform in a horse stall and getting into starched jeans and chaps without stepping in horse shit is no easy thing. 

But I kind of feel a sense of familiarity with Georgia. It's a little bit country, but in a charming way. I kind of such soak it all in, because soon enough we will be off to the next place!

And there is a random post for your Thursday. I guess this is what happens when I wear head to toe denim. It gets me all nostalgic. 

a day at the gardens

Sep 28, 2016

Whenever we move, one of the top things I search for is a botanical garden. This is purely a selfish move, because no one else really wants to go. They go because they know their lives will just be easier if we do one thing that mom wants to do.

So that was Sunday. We didn't have a lot of time to go do something because Sunday's are insane, so I just wanted to get everyone out of the house for a couple hours.
Columbus, GA Botanical Gardens
Once again, when we got there we noticed that the place was rather small. That seems to be a running theme for us. I look something up online, get everyone on board with the idea, then we get there and everyone says "this is it?". Small town means small attractions right? But it wasn't any less charming. I just told the kids to walk slow and it might appear to be bigger. Ha!
Botanical Gardens, Columbus GA
There were lots of cute houses, and a large barn that would be perfect for family pictures. Or senior portraits, just depending on how crazy you want to get. It was also about 90 something out, which never stops us. Chris said at one point, "I think we will be the only people wearing shorts and sandals when it is in the 50's." And I think he is right. We are the only people wandering around in this heat, not in search of air conditioning. We just can't get enough of summer.
After we walked around and saw the flowers, we decided to just play in the open grass area. There is also a trail here, but sandals don't make for good trail shoes. Rain check on that one. Instead Chris and I knew we only had a limited amount of time to get out as much energy from the kids as possible. And since all my children have an incredible competitive spirit, we had them race. 
Avalon wasn't winning so she just sat down and pouted. Odette cheated and only went half way and turned around. Work smarter not harder kids. And Pierce will never accept defeat, so him and Ace kept on racing for another 30 minutes. 
Everyone was hot. Everyone was sweaty. And everyone was begging to get into the car. 

Then three out of four fell asleep on the way home. 

Parental hacks are my specialty. 

3 beauty products that surprised me recently

Sep 26, 2016

As the beauty counter turns.....

Story of my bathroom life, use a product, try a new one. Lather rinse repeat. So today I have three products that I have been using recently, all new to me products, that surprised me in a good way. Good enough for me to share. So here we go. 
Three Beauty Products to Try
First up, Living Proof's Humidity Shield. Since moving to Georgia I have bought countless "humidity" sprays. With everyone of them I didn't notice a difference. Were they too heavy? Was it glorified hairspray? What was it? Then I saw this and thought, why not? Since my hair is naturally straight, it works great when I flatiron my hair. But when I curl it, and want a more tousled look, I use this. It also helps to control the regrowth hairs that I have still going strong even 18 months after having Odette. I like that it is not a full blown hairspray as well. I can still run my fingers through my hair and not have it feel crunchy. I would totally recommend this if you live in any kind of humidity!

Okay, this next one was a totally random purchase. Last week I ran out of dry shampoo!!!! Can you effing believe that? That is like running out of toilet paper in my book. It was an emergency kind of situation. Time got away from me, and kids were crazy, so I stopped at the CVS by my house and this was one of only three dry shampoos they had. I was pleasantly surprised! It definitely soaks up any and all oils. It also has a volumizing aspect to it, but I felt like it gave my hair so much texture as well. It also made my loose waves more piecey and mermaid like. You I did a Baywatch run out of the ocean and my hair dried with such ease. I am not sure if it will replace my all time favorite dry shampoo, but I will definitely be using it all up. 

Save the best for last right? Once again, if you live in any kind of humidity and put on makeup, you need this setting spray. I have used a couple different sprays since moving to the south, and none of them seemed to keep my makeup in place AND reduce shine. This Urban Decay De-Slick is magic. I was skeptical, so I only bought the travel size, but I will have no problem spending the money on the full size bottle once this is gone. I just do my makeup like normal, and then spray this in a circle around my face, and then a "T" to set the rest of my makeup. I saw a huge difference by the end of the day. I am a true believer now. Urban Decay also makes the All Nighter Spray, which left me so shiny. But it would be a great spray if you didn't live in 60% humidity on a daily basis. 

So those are some recent purchases that I am really happy with! Have you used any of these before? And as usual, please tell me some of the products you are loving right now. 

everything is coming up velvet

Sep 25, 2016

Velvet Tops For Fall
Velvet Tops For Fall
Fall Hair Inspiration
Leopard Loafers
Velvet Tops For Fall
Velvet Tops For Fall
velvet top: zara (recent purchase, similar) // jeans: zara (super similar
headband: anthropologie // shoes: zara (old, lusting over these leopard flats)

The weekend giveth and the weekend taketh away! 

As weekends go around here lately, it was low key. Avalon and I had a girls day planned for Saturday, which we thought would be a bust because Chris came home on Friday with a paper that is due today. But he is the true MVP of the weekend because he said he would just stay up late and work on so we could go. All week Avalon was asking to go to the book store to buy "pink" books. The girl cannot get enough pink in her life. By default the bulk of our books are geared towards the boys interests. I know I know, shame on us. But they were kind of here first, and hand me downs are abundant. And Avalon has many books that are strictly pink, so I didn't know how many more we would find. 

Have you ever heard of a child that picks her literature based on the books color? I have tried the age old, don't judge a book by its cover. Fail. 

So we went on a mission for pink books. And we found a few to her specifications. Then she found her way to Toys R Us where she needed to add a horse or two to her collection. Any child of mine that is even remotely interested in horses just gets them. Don't get me started on my plans of when we are done with the military life and I can get some horses back in mine! It is an elaborate plan with barn drawings and much more. 

I digress. 

Yesterday we found ourselves at the botanical gardens, which was nice. Hot, very hot, but nice. I thought why not pull out this velvet top for a 96 degree day? Why not? I am loving the velvet trend. I have always liked velvet, and it has been a fabric that I just gravitate towards because it looks so luxe and beautiful. And now with every store and their mom carrying pieces, I can't stop. So let me apologize in advance if you see an increase in velvet items. I am sure this phase will pass. 

Or not. 


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