Friday, October 19, 2018

Currently Loving


Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. This week's roundup includes a few items that I already own and love. I am so glad to finally be able to put some of my new fall pieces to use this week! Yay for fall weather! The newness that each season brings is just refreshing.

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

1. S T R I P E D  T E E | This $10 tee is a closet staple! Layer it with a cardigan or vest for an easy, comfortable look. You just can't go wrong with black and white stripes!


2. N A I L  C O L O R | I've owned this nail color for awhile but I brought it back out for this week's nails. It's such a pretty deep burgundy color with a hint of purple.


3. D E N I M | This jeans have held the award for favorite pair in my closet since August and I still love them. I called them my "weekend jeans" because I wear this at least once every weekend. I love the distressing and the high rise. I wear my normal size in these but they definitely take a little breaking in because they are a true denim.


4. S N E A K E R S | Rose gold sneakers?! Yes, please! During the fall and winter, I live in sneakers at work. I am always looking for fun pairs to dress up my jeans and tee look. I need these!


5. S W E A T E R | A cream sweater is another closet staple and I love the look of this one. It almost looks like it was handmade! It would be perfect with jeans or a denim skirt.


6. P O N C H O | This poncho is a great layering piece for fall and winter. It would be great layered on top of a fitted long sleeve dress, too. I love the pattern!


7. B L A Z E R | I recently added this sweater blazer to my closet after it being on my wish list for six months! I love that's structured while remaining casual. I plan to dress it up with a dress and heels and dress it down with a tee and jeans. Such a versatile piece! It is a little pricey but  the quality is amazing plus it's currently on sale. 


8. H A I R  T I E S | How darling are these little hair ties?! I bought them a few weeks and I just can't get over how cute they are. I might even share them with my daughters!


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

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

My Favorite Target Finds

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Hey y'all! Today, I'm sharing some of my recent favorite Target finds. I typically make a trip to Target at least once a week because I always love to see what's new plus it's way more fun to buy everyday essentials there than anywhere else. However, I do often leave with way too many items that were never actually on my list. Go in for toilet paper leave with a new fall candle, the cutest ankle boots, a cozy sweater, and no toilet paper. Oops!  

C H E N I L L E  S W E A T E R | I fell in love with chenille last year because when you wear anything chenille, it literally feels like you are wrapped in a cozy blanket. Who doesn't love that feeling?! This pretty sweater comes in three colors but of course this rosy pink was my personal favorite! The fit is true to size.

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B A C K L E S S  L O A F E R  M U L E S | These mules felt very Madewell-like to me! I love mine from Madewell but these are such a great similar option to get the look for less. I personally always size up a half size for the best fit in mules. I'm typically a 8.5 but the 9 worked best in these. They also come in three colors but I think this cognac shade is the most versatile option.

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L E O P A R D  P R I N T  S W E A T E R | I just got a super similar sweater in the mail this week from J. Crew. Almost the exact same style and print! But, this one from Target is a still for $20! It also comes in plus sizing as well. If don't already own a leopard print sweater, I would definitely scoop this one up. It's a closet staple and leopard is always in style! I personally liked the fit of the medium (one size up) the best on me because this is a fitted style but it does run true to size.

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M O R E  O F  M Y  F A V O R I T E  T A R G E T  F I N D S:


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! My girls have been out of school for Hurricane weather and fall break since last Thursday. They just went back to school today and I'm already missing them! As much as they drive me a little crazy when they are home, I always miss them when they aren't with me. We squeezed in lots of snuggle time, creative projects, and dance parties. Don't worry; we are normal. There were also a few timeouts, arguments, tears, and meltdowns involved, too.

Today, I'm sharing weekly Instagram Roundup. Fall is finally here! I was able to comfortably wear sweaters and long sleeves over the weekend without sweating. Woo hoo! 

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I wore this outfit on Friday to go out to dinner and for pumpkin painting at church. I have been sticking with mostly neutral colors in my wardrobe so this striped sweater was a new, fun addition to add some color! I love how soft this sweater, too.


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You just can't go wrong with a cozy cardigan! They are so easy to style for fall because you can throw one over a tee or a dress and you are good to go. This adorable one from BohoBlu fits true to size and is even better in person! I love it!

Cardigan c/o BohoBlu | Use code EMILY10 to save 10% off.

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Moments when they are happily playing together must be captured. My girls love playing with these career Barbies! Dream big, girls!


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Yes to fall layers! I layered this plaid flannel over my overalls for a little extra warmth and then I tied it around my waist as it got warmer during the day. I love a functional layer!


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I threw a denim jacket and necklace on with my cozy clothes to pretend that I was put together for school drop off. These pants are a mix of a legging and a jogger. I already own them in two colors because they are so comfortable! They fit true to size.


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I shared more about this leopard print cardigan in yesterday's post because it's a good one! I love how soft and cozy it is while making a statement. It's also budget friendly!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Leopard Print Cardigan

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Hey y'all! Today's post is all about my leopard print cardigan. For the past couple of years, I have been hunting for one but it had to meet the following criteria:

1. Pockets. I always need pockets... for when my hands get cold or awkward.
2. Soft. No scratchy wool or uncomfortable fabrics.
3. Print. I wanted a simple leopard print that wasn't too over the top.
4. Price. I didn't way to pay more $50.

I found this one (that met all of my criteria) from a store that I literally haven't set foot in since I was probably 17 years old, Hollister Co.! I honestly didn't even really like that store as a teenager either, not because of their clothes, but because it was so dark in the store! I couldn't see anything! Well, online shopping at Hollister Co. in your thirties is a way better experience. For one, you can see and two, they sell gorgeous leopard print cardigans that work for a 32 year old mom, too!


Since I haven't shopped at Hollister  Co. in about 15 years, I wasn't sure about what size to purchase but since I like my cardigans to be roomy, I sized up to a medium and I love the fit. I would say it probably does run true to size but if you like a loose fit, go up one size.

I have already worn this leopard print cardigan twice (including in this post from yesterday). I've styled it with jeans, a lace cami, and mule heels for a dressed up casual look for church.

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I've also worn it a mom uniform with leggings (well, these are more of a mix of leggings and joggers), sneakers, and a basic white tee. The cardigan totally takes this look up a notch!

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M O R E  W A Y S  T O  S T Y L E  T H I S  C A R D I G A N:

A little black dress and mules.

Distressed denim and sneakers.

Leggings and rain boots.

Black denim skirt and cami.

If you are reading my blog then chances are you probably haven't shopped at Hollister Co. in a long time either so be sure to sign up for their Cali Club to get $10 off your purchase!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Three Things From The Weekend

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Fall weather finally arrived and it made this weekend even more enjoyable. Low humidity and sixty degrees makes this North Carolina girl very happy! We enjoyed lots of fun family time as usual over the weekend so today, I'm sharing three things from the weekend! Our weekdays are super busy so we try to squeeze in as much fun as possible on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

P U M P K I N  L A T T E S  A N D  P U M P K I N  P A I N T I N G | We started our weekend off right with dinner at The Table. I'm pretty sure this was our very first time ever eating dinner there even though I go there weekly for coffee and we also grab desserts there pretty often. It definitely did not disappoint! My husband and I split the grass fed burger and a harvest chicken salad. Delicious!

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I also had to get a pumpkin spice latte while we were there because I usually just get a plain black coffee while I'm there because it usually falls in my fasting hours. You can read more about my intermittent fasting journey in this post. First of all, the latte art was incredible! How cute is that little pumpkin on top?! But secondly, it was delicious. Dare I say that it was way better than Starbucks?! Yes, it definitely was! 

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After dinner, we headed to church for pumpkin painting! We enjoyed a couple hours of creative fun with our church family. The weather was perfect! I was even able to decorate my own fancy pumpkin. It was so much fun!

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T A R G E T  A N D  L O W  C O U N T R Y  B O I L | Our Saturday mornings always start slow because it's the one morning a week that I sleep in. My husband is pretty amazing and lets me sleep until at least eight AM because he knows I need my sleep. We also use our slow mornings to catch up on some housekeeping. The girls vacuumed for the first time this weekend and they actually did a pretty good job! When we finally got ourselves together, we went to Hops Burger Bar for a delicious lunch. All of their food is amazing, every time!

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After lunch, we headed to Target to pick up some items we needed and get jeans for the girls. While we were there, Josh filmed an overdue festive Target try on session. He keeps us laughing!



Every year, for one of our friend's birthdays, we get together for a low country boil. Corn on the cob, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and lots of butter! It's so good! We finished off an amazing meal with s'mores by the bonfire. Again, the weather was literally perfect for this!

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S U N D A Y  F U N D A Y | I serve at least two Sundays a month on my church's worship team. I run ProPresenter which basically means I keep anything on the screens rolling... from lyrics, to videos, and sermon notes. I have to be there at seven AM so my Sunday started early yesterday. I always try to pick out my outfit the night before because I am not a morning person and it's some kind of miracle that I even make it there on time. But surprisingly, I got there five minutes early today! This leopard sweater, cami, and straight leg jean combo was put together and comfy.

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After church, we went to one of our local favorites, The Flying Pig, for chili and salad. We literally go there at least once a week because we love the food, the atmosphere, and the awesome staff. 

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After lunch, we grabbed groceries and then spent the rest of the afternoon doing just what you see below... relaxing! We rented a Red Box movie and snuggled up on the couch. Some afternoons, just require relaxation, don't you agree?!

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