Wednesday, October 21, 2020

High Country Day Trip


Hey y'all and Happy Wednesday! Today, I'm sharing all about our day trip to the High Country of North Carolina. This past Saturday, we decided to spend the day in the mountains, just like we did the same weekend last October. The weather was perfect for a mountain adventure and it's peak leaf season!

Our first stop was for a visiting to The Blowing Rock. We had been here before but we weren't totally prepared for just how cold it was going to be at 8:30am when we stepped out of the car into the mountain air! It was so cold. In the 30s and windy! Our visit was short but the views were incredible. There is a fee to go out on the outdoor trails but if you have never been, I would definitely recommend going at least once. It's actually North Carolina's oldest travel attraction!

Our next stop was for coffee! We went to downtown Blowing Rock to hunt for a good cup of coffee at a local coffee shop. It was around 9:30am and most of the downtown area was still closed at that time but we did find one coffee shop open. Josh grabbed a latte for me at Bald Guy Brew and then we let the girls play at the playground in the middle of the downtown area. They always look forward to playing there and I am definitely going to be sad when they stop asking to play there!

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After some playtime, we decided to find something to eat. Our plan was to find some brunch in Boone but everything had a super long wait. We quickly discovered that a lot of people were spending their Saturday in the mountains! So, we ended up going to The Cardinal, just like we did on our last visit to the High Country. Due to COVID, they only had outdoor patio seating and it was still pretty cold outside but we made it work. We were hungry and wanted to maximize our time so we froze a little for a good meal! 

Next, we drove down the road to Grandfather Mountain Vineyard and Winery, which is located in Banner Elk, North Carolina. We have been to this vineyard three times before and it's one of my all time favorites that I have ever visited. The views are gorgeous and the wine is amazing, too! The girls love playing in the creek and hiking with us through the vineyard. This place is a must see!

We were all over High Country on this day trip because after the vineyard, we headed to Blowing Rock to get treats from Blue Deer Cookies. We discovered this place a couple of years ago and we always have to go back when we are in town! They have delicious cookies, ice cream, and the best combination, an ice cream cookie sandwich! We tried lots of fun flavor combinations, including oatmeal with apple pie ice cream! So delicious! If you are ever in the area, you definitely need to check this place out for a treat!

We braved the traffic and got back on the road, this time towards Linville Falls. We decided to go to another winery that we love, Linville Falls Winery, which is located in Newland, North Carolina. This was a beautiful drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock. At this winery, there's also a Christmas tree farm. How fun would it be to do a wine tasting and pick out a Christmas tree all of the same spot?! We discovered this winery about five years ago when we came to Linville Falls for my 30th birthday and now we always try to make a stop. We love their dry red wines!

Our last time of the day was a short hike to see the Linville Falls. If you are in the High Country area and you are looking for a great hike for the family, I highly recommend this one. It's not long or strenuous and it ends with a gorgeous view of the falls!

Here's to many more adventures! I hope y'all have a great day!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Currently Loving .203


Happy Friday, y'all! I hope you've had a great week! With fall weather finally here, I am really wanted to head to the mountains, even if just for a day trip. A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends asked me for a recommendation for a day trip and I immediately knew exactly where to tell her to go! We did a High Country Day Trip last fall and it was so much fun. After seeing her pictures from the places that I recommended, now I want to go back. ASAP! Day trips are always so much fun, especially if you don't have the time or money to be able to stay somewhere overnight.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! Most of this week's picks are items that are on my personal wish list right now. I also found four really great picks from one of my favorite budget friendly places to shop... Target, of course!

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

1. B O O T S | These boots are totally out of my comfort zone but I am absolutely loving this style! I just got this budget friendly pair in the mail and I would say stick with your true size. They are so comfortable and I'm excited to stretch myself style wise to create looks with them. This pair of boots is a great way to try this style without spending a ton of money!

2. P U L L O V E R | During, the fall and winter, give me all of the cozy pieces! I don't like to be cold so having great sweatshirts and pullovers in my closet is a definite must for me. I am loving this classic pullover that would pair well with jeans or leggings!

3. J E A N S | Most of my denim is from Madewell but if that is out of your personal budget, I have also found really great luck finding good jeans at Target. This cute pair is under $20! I think they would be great paired with a pair of ankle boots and a sweater front tucked.

4. N E C K L A C E | I really love coin necklaces and this one is no exception. Madewell jewelry is my favorite because it stays looking new, even after lots of wear!

5. B A G | I have a black tote bag but I don't own a black crossbody. This one is one my wish list! I am loving the strap and I also love that you can change it out to fit your mood or outfit.

6. P A J A M A S | If you buy anything from this week's roundup, let it be these affordable pajamas! They are so incredibly soft and so comfy. You will thank me later!

7. C A R D I G A N | This week's picks just wouldn't be complete without animal print! I am loving cardigans buttoned up and worn as a sweater plus this one is leopard. Also, it's currently on sale, too! This is such a cute piece that would work casually with jeans or dressed for work, too. So cute!

8. S H I R T | I saw a super similar shirt at Madewell that I loved but the price tag was high. This $20 shirt is such a great, budget friendly option to get the look for less! It comes in this light brown color, a solid pink, and lots of plaid options. Perfect for leggings!

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Instagram Roundup .216

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! Over the weekend, we wrapped up our front porch mini makeover and I am so excited with how it turned out. If you want to see the final reveal, head over to my Instagram! I'll be sharing more details about the project here on the blog soon.

Today, I'm sharing an Instagram Roundup, including the outfits that I've worn over the last couple of weeks. I have loved transitioning my wardrobe into fall weather! I am loving the extra layers and days where I can wear shorts with sweaters. Transitional weather is the best!

B A G similar + J E A N S similar

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J E A N S similar + T A N K

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B A G similar + J A C K E T

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Currently Loving .202

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week! We have been working on a mini front porch makeover and it's almost complete. The front porch makeover idea started when the roof of our front porch needed to be repaired because of some water damage. It gave me the idea to add a ceiling fan, then I wanted to change the front door color, and add a storm door to match. We also ended up changing out our lock for an upgraded version. I bought some new pillowcases for our pillows and we just got new mats. I can't wait to see what it all looks like when it comes together!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! This week's roundup includes the ingredients for the perfect fall outfits. There's some cozy, some dressy, and some accessories to make an old outfit feel brand new! Ok, I'm officially loving fall outfits!

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

1. D R E S S | Y'all know I resist an animal print dress and this one is another winner! I'm loving the print and the super fun ruffle detail on the hem. It's such a cute dress for fall! You can use my code EMILY15 to save 15% off at BohoBlu!

2. E A R R I N G S | Another pair of unique, simple statement earrings! My favorite kind of earrings to wear! I have sensitive ears and my Madewell earrings are always so comfortable to wear.

3. C A R D I G A N | A button front cardigan like this is on my personal wardrobe wish list! I love that this one can be worn open like pictured or it can be worn buttoned up then front tucked into high waisted pants. This cream color is my favorite but it comes it a few other color options as well!

4. L E G G I N G S | I shared this leggings on my Instagram stories this past week. I literally wear them almost everyday to work out! I do barre and spin classes in them with no problem. They comfortably hold you in. I wouldn't personally call them a compression leggings but they give you just enough support. The fit is true to size and they totally work for not working out, too. I wear them with a tee and jean jacket to run errands all of the time!

5. B O O T S | I am loving all of the lace up boots that have been coming out this season! I bought a super similar pair to this one a couple of years ago and I still love them. They are so cute with leggings or skinny jeans but I am also excited to try them with a dress as well!

6. N E C K L A C E | I definitely don't need another necklace in my collection but I'm really loving this toggle chain! Again, it's simple but it still makes a statement. I think it would be a great necklace for layering as well!

7. S W E A T E R | I already own and love this sweater! The cute ruffle detail on the collar and sleeves just makes it extra feminine. I know this sweater is going to get so much wear in this fall and winter season. I love it!

8. T O P | It's officially leggings season so now is the time to add some great, leggings friendly tops to your closet. I love a cozy top and leggings! It's definitely my go-to look when it's chilly outside. This top looks like the perfect companion for your favorite leggings! You can use my code EMILY15 to save 15% off at BohoBlu!

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

Friday, October 2, 2020

Currently Loving .201

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! This week was my first week back to work since March. I am so grateful to have been able to work from home during the past six months but it's been so good to be back at work with real life students! I have missed being at work so much. I'm also really loving being back into a routine... even if that routine seems to be constantly changing.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! We have been having my favorite kind of fall weather the past couple of days... seventy and sunny. That's my kind of weather! Today's picks are lots of great items to transition your wardrobe perfectly into fall temperatures.

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

1. S W E A T E R | I can't get enough cream/white/ivory sweaters! It's my absolute favorite color sweater to wear. I am loving the details on this one! It would be so cute with high waisted jeans and ankle boots for a simple yet put together fall outfit! Use my code EMILY15 to save 15% off your order at BohoBlu!

2. R I N G | I am a big fan of dainty rings that can be worn on their own or stacked up. I am loving the style of this ring!

3. S H A C K E T | Yes, you read that correctly. This is a shacket, where a shirt meets a jacket. What this means is the material is thicker than a typical shirt and can be worn open or closed. I'm really loving this fun leopard print! Also, this is a Target find!

4. B A G | Hello, perfect crossbody bag! This is the large transport camera bag so it's really roomy and really, just the best everyday size bag. This bag holds a lot of stuff without being too big or bulky. I also really love being able to switch out the straps. It makes it even more fun!

5. J E A N S | So many pairs of jeans at Madewell are currently on sale for $75! This pair is normally $128 but they are included in the sale. Madewell jeans are a great investment! I would personally recommend sizing down one size from your normal denim size for the best fit.

6. S W E A T S H I R T | A sweatshirt with pockets?! Yes, please! I love that hoodies have a place to put your hands but I don't always love the hood. This sweatshirt is the perfect solution! The coziness + pockets of a hoodie but without the hood. Also, I love this color!

7. H E A D B A N D | I just reordered this headband! I had it last year but one of my children decided to try it on as a belt and that didn't turn out well, lol. I am so excited to have this one back in my headband collection. It's so comfortable to wear!

8. J A C K E T | An olive colored jacket is a closet staple for me! It's so great for layering! It really looks good with everything, especially your favorite tee and jeans. Use my code EMILY15 to save 15% off your order at BohoBlu!

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

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