Friday, July 19, 2019

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! We have had so much at summer camp, including a field trip to Millstone Creek Orchards to pick peaches and blueberries. The girls helped me make blueberry cobbler with our picks last night and it was delicious! I am really looking forward to my husband coming home this evening after traveling for work all week. I have been missing my best friend, who does the dishes and preps my coffee every night!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. It has been unbelievably hot (90 degrees or more everyday with crazy high humidity) so my brain is no where near thinking about what my closet might possibly need this fall. I am still in full summer mode but I do love pieces that work well now and later. I like getting the most for my money, always! 


Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. T E E | I just got this vintage inspired tee in the mail this week and I am loving it! I sized up one size for a more relaxed fit that could also be knotted. It's only $15!


2. S K I R T | I am really loving skirts this season and this one has been added to my wish list. I love the print and the side slit! It would be so cute styled with the graphic tee above.


3. T O P | I can't get enough white tops. I really for a white or cream top more than any other color in my closet, especially this time of year. This great budget friendly option is less than $20!


4. B E L T  B A G | I have this belt bag in the English Saddle color and I absolutely love it. It's so great for wearing with skirts and dresses! It's currently on sale for almost $30 off.


5. B A N G L E | I got this bangle at my Madewell shopping party and now it's on sale for 40% off! I love the design and I also love that it's adjustable. A great everyday bangle!


6.  E A R R I N G S | How gorgeous are these earrings from BohoBlu?! I love how detailed they are. Such a great pair of statement earrings to dress up a casual look!


7. D R E S S | This dress is a little pricey but I'm adding it to my wish list so that I can add it to my cart when it goes on sale. Good things are worth waiting for... and I'm cheap, sometimes.


8. J E A N S | I love a good pair of high waisted denim and these budget friendly pair did not disappoint! They just arrived in the mail this week and I know I am going to get a lot of wear out of them! I love the slight flair at the bottom and the subtle distressing. I am typically a 27/4 in jeans and the size seven fit me perfectly without being too tight or too baggy. 


Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Puerto Rico Travel Diary Day 3

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Happy Thursday! Today, I'm sharing all about our third day in Puerto Rico, a day in Old San Juan. I had seen so many pictures of this area on Pinterest and in other places online. As far as parking goes here, you can definitely find a place to park in the street but the spots are tight and the spaces are limited. We opted to spend the money and park in a valeted parking garage. There are several of them in the area and I think it was totally worth it. 

When we arrived, I was blown away my the beautiful colors and the architecture. I have never seen so many colorful buildings in one place before! It was even brighter than downtown Charleston. The very first place we had to find was the street that was canopied by colorful umbrellas! Paseo de Sombrillas can be found on Fortaleza Street, which is the street that leads up to the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. There are no cars on this streets and the road is made of cobblestones. Such a charming little street!

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

After we visited the umbrella street, we walked over to Parque de las Palomas to let the girls feed the pigeons. You can buy a container of pigeon food for a dollar. The girls had so much feeding their new friends! I forgot to many pictures during this because I was taking a video of the madness. Olivia even had pigeons landing on her back as she leaned down to grab more food!

One place I knew I wanted to eat at while we were in Old San Juan was the Stuffed Avocado Shop. I'm a big fan of avocados so I knew this was a must try for me! I got the Chipotle Chicken and it was delicious. You can also build you are own stuffed avocado bowl with whatever toppings you love as well. I would definitely recommend this place! 

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

After we ate, we told the girls we would get them some ice cream to cool off. It was a super hot day, like every day in Puerto Rico! Just a few steps away from the avocado shop, we found Chocolato, a gelato shop that was filled with the most delicious flavors. We sampled a few different flavors and everything was amazing! My favorite was the Strawberry Cream. 

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

After gelato, we explored the streets of Old San Juan and walked to El Morro, a fort that dates back to the 1500s. This place is something that you really have to see with your own eyes to really understand how impressive and huge it is. I am a history junkie so I loved walking through the fort and reading more about what each space was used for. Also, the views, even from the bathrooms, were literally breathtaking. So beautiful!

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

This Puerto Rican flag wall can be found at Calle Imperial. 

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This photo was actually taken in the bathroom at El Morro. I told you it was an incredible view! Everyone who was coming into the bathroom was commenting that they couldn't believe this was the view in the bathroom. 

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north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

north carolina blogger, puerto rico travel guide, where to visit in puerto rico, mom blogger, travel blogger

There is also an impressive sized lawn by El Morro that seemed to be a local favorite spot to take a picnic and fly a kite. There were kites everywhere flying and it was super windy. I don't know that a breezy skirt was really the best choice this day, haha!

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This fun mural was our very last stop of the day. By this point, I think we had walked over seven miles! So, those of you who have asked if these gold sandals are comfortable, yes, they are! This wall can be found at 51 Calle San José. We loved this one!

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Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Neutrals and Natural Hair

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Happy Wednesday! Today, I'm sharing what I wore on Sunday using the items that I purchased at my Madewell Shopping Party this past weekend. My closet made a big shift about two years ago to more neutrals and classic pieces. I wanted my closet to be less disposable and more functional. I feel like my closet works better together now and I actually have way less clothing now than I have ever. 

I have been loving denim mini skirts this season and this black one was my third one that I have bought recently. I now have a medium wash denim, white, and black. I was wearing my medium wash denim one so much that I felt I would also get a lot of use out of the white and black ones too. I find the fit of these skirts to be true to my regular size. Sometimes Madewell runs a little big in denim but I didn't find that to be the case for these skirts. They also are on the shorter side but I am 5'5" and I feel like the length is still appropriate on me. Sometimes I add bike shorts underneath for a little added security when needed. 

I also picked up this cream colored pointelle tee because it reminded me of something that my grandma used to wear but in a good way, if that makes sense. I love how it's fitted and flattering while still remaining modest. The fit is true to size as well.


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Okay, now let's chat hair. Over a week ago, I decided that I was tired of curling and straightening my hair for it to just be a fluffy, frizzy mess within less than hour of leaving the house. I was literally spending 15-20 minutes styling my hair for nothing. I have naturally wavy hair so I decided to just embrace it, at least for the rest of the summer. North Carolina has crazy high humidity and my hair is just happier when I let it do it's natural thing this time of year.

I had a couple of questions about what I was doing and what kind of products I was using. Honestly, this is really just a learning process right now. I don't have a formula nailed down that I think is perfect. However, I have found some products that I am really loving that I would recommend if you are wanting to go natural. I have been washing like normal and then rinsing. After rinsing out my shampoo, I have been using my regular conditioner but the main thing I have been doing different is that I have been rinsing my conditioner with my hair flipped over, kind of scrunching my hair as a I go. When I get out of the shower, I have been using a cotton t-shirt or micofiber towel to gently remove some of the moisture. I also do this in a scrunching motion to maintain the direction of the wave/curl. Next, I'm applying a little bit of the Iso bouncy creme by scrunching it into my hair and following up with a little of the Kristin Ess air dry creme. I have also been spraying my hair with lots of leave-in conditioner as well every night. 

I sleep with my hair in a pineapple (basically my hair is in a soft srunchie on top of my head). In the morning I refresh my hair by flipping my hair over and scrunching in a little more bouncy creme mixed with warm water in my hands. I flip it over and scrunch again before letting it air dry. I'll keep updating y'all as I find products or techniques that work for me. For now, I am having fun embracing my naturally wavy hair! It's a little wild but it's mine.


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style on a budget, mom style, what to wear for summer, madewell, north carolina blogger, summer outfits

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Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

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T O P | true to size
S K I R T | true to size
B A G | similar

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Madewell Shopping Party

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! It's currently hotter than hot here in North Carolina and we took a field trip to the zoo today. Goodness gracious. I needed a shower ASAP! We had such a fun time and it wasn't crowded at all... I think the heat kept everyone besides us, away today. I am so grateful that we have such an awesome zoo so close by!

Today, I wanted to share more about my latest in-store event. This time, I was invited to my very favorite store, Madewell, for a shopping party! I literally squealed when I received that e-mail. I have been a big fan of Madewell for quite some time now but always had to drive over an hour or more to visit the closest store. Within the past year, a Madewell opened super close to me, less than 30 minutes away! This was both awesome and dangerous. Haha! I have really loved the easy access to my favorite brand so I can try on all of the things.

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In preparation for the event, I was able to pick out an outfit. I am such a classics kind of girl! I immediately went for closet staples that I knew I would love now and later. I picked out this adorable white denim mini skirt. I love the button detail down the front! The fit is true to size. I paired it with this chambray button up shirt. It fits slightly oversized and I like it that way. If you prefer a more fitted look, I would size down in this style of top at Madewell. To finish the look, I added my favorite leather sandals, my belt bag, gold hoops, and tied a silk scarf in my hair for a fun pop of color.

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madewell, style on a budget, mom style, summer style, what to buy for summer, north carolina blogger

madewell, style on a budget, mom style, summer style, what to buy for summer, north carolina blogger

madewell, style on a budget, mom style, summer style, what to buy for summer, north carolina blogger

madewell, style on a budget, mom style, summer style, what to buy for summer, north carolina blogger

madewell, style on a budget, mom style, summer style, what to buy for summer, north carolina blogger

I had so much fun helping other shop for new pieces for their closets! I especially loved helping my friend Pam because she purchased her first Madewell clothing at the event. Once you try their denim, you will be hooked! Now, she understands why I love the brand so much. I also did a little shopping for myself while I was there and this is what I took home:

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Thanks so much for visiting! Happy Tuesday!

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