Friday, February 18, 2022

Currently Loving .250

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I love a week that starts with one of my favorite holidays. Our Valentine's was filled with sweetness... literally. So much candy! I couldn't believe how much sugar my nine year old brought home from school. Haha! It was a fun day... and of course, my girls and I all wore festive heart headbands!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! This recent weather has really brought on the spring fever plus my cherry blossom tree has gorgeous pink blooms. Sweet reminders that spring, sandals, and more sunshine are on the way!

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

1. J A C K E T | This jean jacket was one of my favorite Christmas gifts and I have been wearing it nonstop lately. It's the perfect lightweight layer that also adds interest to your outfit. These jackets are on the pricey side but they are so well made and are high quality denim. Be sure to size up one size in this style for the best, most comfortable fit!

2. H E E L S | For the past two years, I haven't really bought any heels but I always find myself needing a good pair. I haven't had much luck finding something that I loved until now! This pair is at the top of my wish list and will definitely fill a gap I have in my closet. I love them!

3. B E L T  B A G | This belt bag (I have black and spice) is one of my most used items, especially during the spring and summer. It's so perfect for errands and traveling because you can keep your essentials secure. I'm loving this opal color!

4. S N E A K E R S | I have been living in sneakers this winter because due to foot pain but thankfully I have cute sneakers! I own this style in two colors and after two months of wearing them, I can testify that they are amazing and hold up so well. I spray mine with ScotchGard to keep them looking like new. They do run a little big so size down a half size if you are in between sizes.

5. R I N G | Like I mentioned last week, I am currently loving rings! My Able rings are my favorite because they staying looking brand new and I never take them off. I am loving this one!

6. P A N T S | How comfy do these pants look?! I have been wanting to get another pair of flare pants and I think these are the ones. They are also currently on sale!

7. P U R S E | I am loving the woven leather on this purse! Also, this is my favorite color for a bag because it's so versatile and goes with everything.

8. T E E | I love how the neckline of this tee just really takes it up a notch and makes the tee feel much less basic. I have a long sleeve version of this and I love how flattering it is!

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

Friday, February 11, 2022

Currently Loving .249

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I feel like this weekend should be called "Valentine's Weekend" because I'm planning to celebrate all weekend. Flowers, hearts, candy, and pink everything. My husband and I are headed out for a little date night tomorrow and I'm excited to kick the weekend off with a date. The rest of our weekend is for rest and lots of family time!

Today, I'm sharing my kind of weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I currently have my eye on pieces that channel spring but still keep me warm. Winter is my least favorite and I am so ready to move onto sweet springtime! I even ordered a pair of sandals yesterday!

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

1. T O P | This little feminine floral top is so cute! This is one of those pieces that you can wear now with a layer on top but it will transition beautifully into springtime when it warms up. I love it!

2. S N E A K E R S | High tops?! I'm surprisingly into it them! I'm such a fan of comfy sneakers (and I own this pair in the original low top version) plus I've seen other style high tops so cute. Even with a dress. I think they would be a fun addition to my spring wardrobe!

3. E A R R I N G S | Gorgeous, simple statement earrings?! They are always a yes for me!

4. B A G | I'm loving this little dainty bag. It can be carried by the handle but it also comes with a strap to wear on your shoulder or as a crossbody. It also comes in several other colors. It's adorable!

5. S A N D A L S | These are the sandals that I ordered yesterday! I live in Birkenstocks during the spring and summer. I wanted a pair of these waterproof ones last year but the ones I ordered got backordered so I never actually got any. I wore an inexpensive version all summer long in my garden but these will be an amazing upgrade. I love the buckle!

6. J E A N S | I typically don't stray away from my Madewell denim but for $22, these jeans have me intrigued! I'm planning to order a pair to test out. They look promising!

7. R I N G S | I am currently really into rings so I've already added this little set to my shopping bag. You can't go wrong with Madewell jewelry!

8. S W E A T E R | This pretty sweater is definitely an investment piece but I have been eyeing it for so long and decided to treat myself. It's going to be like a Valentine's gift to myself and so I'm excited for it to arrive!

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

Monday, February 7, 2022

Valentine Style at Triad Goodwill

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This post is in partnership with and sponsored by Triad Goodwill.

Happy Monday! I am so excited for today's post! Back in December I partnered with Triad Goodwill to share some festive, holiday style and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them again. This time, it's all about Valentine's Style! Heart shaped everything, pink, and flowers are my favorite... all year round. So a holiday that incorporates my favorite things is definitely worth celebrating! I love the challenge of searching for holiday items secondhand. I have been pushing myself to thrift before I buy retail when it comes to clothing for the whole family, home goods, and even gifts. Goodwill is my first stop for the holidays and everyday!

I shopped in three of my favorite local Triad Goodwill stores to find all of the Valentine's themed goodies! You can check out my "GOODWILL VDAY" story highlight over on my Instagram account to see all of my festive finds. I found so many cute things for me, my home, and my girls! My main focus during my shopping trips was to create some Valentine's themed outfits that would work for a date night, everyday casual, and girls night out. Goodwill did not disappoint and I'm so excited to share the looks that I was able to create with my thrift finds!

I've labeled these looks in date night, casual day, and girls night categories but honestly, I would wear any of them for any of these occasions. Switch up the accessories to dress any of these style up or down! But this first look will most likely be exactly what I wear for a date night this Friday! How gorgeous is this top?! I spotted it at the end of a clothing rack and scrambled to see what size it was... as I was hoping it would fit me. I was so excited to find that it was my size! I love everything about it... the flower print, the sleeves, the style. Just everything! I also found a black satin cami during this thrift trip that I ended up making work for all of my looks. It's the perfect base layer and it was great for layering underneath this gorgeous top! I paired it with faded black denim, clogs, and my vintage bag (I also styled this one for the holidays back in December). I absolutely love how this date night look came together! That top is absolutely the star of the show. This is such a gorgeous statement piece and on a budget!

I plan on wearing a version of this casual daytime look on Valentine's Day for work. This beautiful pink cardigan was just made for a Valentine's outfit! Right?! It's too cute and I love the hearts on the sleeves. I was thrilled to find another great piece that is perfectly Valentine's themed! I'm pretty sure I squealed in the store when I spotted this cardigan. Add a pair of faded black jeans to your thrift wish list because they are clearly a closet staple for me. I kept the satin cami as my base layer with the cardigan and jeans then I added comfy sneakers and a little animal print to complete the look. This outfit is casually comfortable and so me!

This fun look is perfect for a night out with your girls! For this look, I reused this incredible jacket that I found at Triad Goodwill in December but it felt new when I paired it with the satin cami. I love the mix of tweed and satin! The colors in this jacket make me think of Valentine's Day. I kept the jeans (because they are so versatile) then added boots and a neutral bag to complete the look. I love finding and thrifting basics, like this black cami, to add to my wardrobe because I always get so much use out of them. I was able to wear it with three completely different looks!

I hope this post has inspired you to check out Goodwill for your next holiday (or everyday) outfit! You never know what you might discover when you shop secondhand. Thanks so much to Triad Goodwill for sponsoring this post! Have a great day and happy thrifting!

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Valentine Mini Session with Samantha Brooke Photography

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! Back in January, we did a Valentine mini session with Samantha Brooke Photography. This was actually the first professional family photos that we've had taken in a really long time (except for when Samantha came to our house during quarantine to snap some fun front porch pictures that showed what we had been up to at home). I met Samantha through Instagram many years ago and realized that we live in the same small North Carolina town! Back in 2015, she took family photos as she was starting up her photography business and I have absolutely loved watching her grow. Go check out her Instagram account to get a glimpse at her incredible talent! Samantha is an incredible wedding photographer but she is always amazing with families and children. She always makes us feel so comfortable!

Like I've mentioned here on the blog before, I am a big fan of Valentine's Day and heart shaped everything. I have always loved this holiday! But really, I just love holidays in general. I love a theme and I love something to celebrate. When Samantha posted that she was offering Valentine mini sessions, I knew it would be so much fun! Also, my husband is great sport and totally got into the photo shoot as you will clearly see below. We definitely had a good time!

See what I mean?! He was making us laugh so much and I definitely think this would make an excellent Valentine's Day advertisement. Haha! For our outfits, I wanted to keep it casual and comfortable... things that we actually wear on a regular basis. I also saw a sneak peek of the backdrop so I wanted to keep our looks pretty simple. My adorable heart tee from Madewell was the starting point in putting together what we wore. I started with that, grabbed everyone's favorite denim (my jeans are the Perfect Vintage from Madewell), a heart tee for Olivia, a gray Madewell tee for Julianna, a comfy striped tee for Josh, and then neutral sneakers for us all (mine are these court sneakers from Madewell). Both of the girls wore clay earrings from our friend Clay by Kelly and I wore my new heart shaped earrings from Madewell (they are the perfect everyday earrings)! I love how our outfits came together and how they felt very authentic to who we are.

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