Casual Valentine’s Day

Casual Valentines Day

Dress: Charles Henry | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Handbag: Kate Spade | Earrings: Bony Levy (Similar Style Here) | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown

Well, January has totally flown by! I have been saying this forever now but I swear each month goes by faster and faster. But, the good thing is that one of my favorite holidays is coming up soon! Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a significant other to enjoy the holiday. Whether you are celebrating SAD (Single’s Awareness Day) or are hopelessly in love, this holiday is for YOU!

Sutton and I don’t really go all out for Valentine’s Day because our anniversary is a few days later. So, we like to keep it casual and go to eat at one of our usual places or cook a nice meal at home. For the longest time, we would always forget about Valentine’s Day and somehow end up at Rosas Cafe! #2 for 2 please!

I love this multi-colored floral dress because it is perfect for a casual night in or out. Especially paired with these short block heels. They give just enough height and make you feel a little bit fancier. And, can we talk about this bag?! Seriously, how amazing are these colors together? I would carry this bag everyday if I could!

I will probably be wearing something very similar for our Valentine’s Day date. We haven’t planned anything yet, so if you have any ideas please shoot them my way! What are y’all doing for V-day?

XOXO,

Jill

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DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

Diy Bridesmaid Proposal Box

It only took me almost a year but I finally sent out my bridesmaid proposals. Of course, all of my girls said yes, so now I can finally give you a peek at what I sent to each of them. This project was super simple and didn’t cost much!

What You’ll Need:

Acrylic Boxes | Monogram Stickers | Greeting Cards | Nail Polishes | Lipsticks | Champagne Bottles

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

You can find acrylic boxes pre-monogrammed on Etsy. This route was a little more expensive than ordering the boxes and monograms separately. Plus, attaching the monogram to the boxes was so simple. First, I measured the box and found the center point. Next, I peeled the white backing off of the monogram sticker and placed it on the lid of the box. After securing the sticker to the lid, I slowly peeled the clear overlay off of the sticker. It was seriously that quick and easy!

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

I decided to fill my box with cute little mini lipsticks and nail polishes I found at Ulta. These came in sets of six which was perfect for me since I have six bridesmaids. I ended up breaking up the package and putting one in each of the boxes. I also put a mini champagne bottle to match the adorable cards I had made for each girl. 

Just make sure whatever items you choose to put in your box that they actually fit. I purchased the champagne bottles assuming they would fit in the boxes but they didn’t. You can also find these acrylic boxes in an array of different sizes on Amazon!

Happy crafting my brides-to-be!

XOXO,

Jill

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Sweater Dress

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Dress: E. Leigh’s (Similar Style Here, Here and Here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (On Sale!) | Purse: Kate Spade, Old (Similar Style Here) | Sunglasses (Similar Style Here) | Earrings: Kate Spade | Ring: David Yurman

I actually picked this sweater dress up without even trying it on. This is completely out of character for me but my favorite boutique, E. Leigh’s, was having a buy one, get one free sale so I needed a second item to get the deal. I somehow missed this little number one my first pass through the store but it caught my eye the second time around!

I typically steer away from sweater dresses when I see them because they are usually shapeless and unflattering on me. But, I love the style of this dress and how it incorporates two huge trends. Bell sleeves and the lace-up neckline emerged in 2016 and are definitely picking up momentum in 2017. I love how these two trends give a nod to the past but still feel fresh and unique. That is one of my favorite things about fashion; what’s old is new again!

What is your favorite trend of the moment?

XOXO,

Jill

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Goals for 2017

goals for 2017

Dress: Elizabeth Ross, Color Sold Out | Scarf: Elizabeth Ross, Sold Out (Similar Style Here) | Shoes: Elizabeth Ross | Purse: GiGi New York, Old (Similar Style Here)

Since today is my last day off of work, I’m still pretending it is 2016. So, my goals for 2017 will kick off tomorrow. If you’re like me and are getting a late start on your new years resolutions, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one!

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Be Productive

According to Kylie Jenner, 2016 was the year of realizing stuff. I’m not sure how much I realized but whatever Kylie says goes, right?! So, if 2016 was for realizing stuff then 2017 is for doing stuff. In 2017, I would like to be an overall more productive person.

Often times when I come home, I turn on the television and plop down on the couch. Sometimes I don’t even bother turning on the lights and find myself sitting in the dark until it is time to go to bed. I wish I was making this up, but sadly I’m not. That is how serious my laziness got in 2016.

So this year I am going to make sure I am always doing something. Whether it is not letting my laundry basket pile up until I’m finally out of clean underwear or working on a blog post. I want to constantly feel like I am bettering myself and not just being a bump on a log!

Live Healthy

Other than being productive, I want to live an overall healthier life. I finally started working out a few months ago but now I need to get my diet right. A friend once told me that getting fit is 85% what you eat and 15% working out. I didn’t really believe that until my metabolism started to slow down.

I eat fairly healthy but on the weekends I pretty much chow down on whatever I want. Fast food, comfort food, you name it, I’m eating it. It’s hard to cut these things out cold turkey so I am going to allow myself fast food once a month. I am also going to try my hardest not to buy processed foods at the grocery store. According to my horoscope for 2017, this is the year where I learn how to cook so this goal is only fitting!

What are your goals for 2017?

XOXO,

Jill

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5 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Home for Fall

The harvest season reminds us that it’s time to slow down, bundle up and take sometime to nest and reinvest in family and friends. Opposite of the spring and summer seasons full of busy activities, travel and outdoor pursuits, the fall is about recouping and recovering. If you’re hoping to give your home a seasonal makeover that will leave you feeling calm and cozy, there are plenty of ideas to consider.

Here are five easy ways to revamp your home for the chillier days of fall:

Fall Home

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Focus on Foliage 

Forget the flowers, fall is all about the foliage. From birch wood mantle pieces to leave garlands and tons of twigs and piles of pinecones, fall is the season to celebrate nature’s bounty. Find inexpensive tree trimmings on walks outdoors or faux foliage from local craft stores.

Fall Home

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Decorate the Dining Space

Nothing screams fall fun more so than a table filled with autumn accessories. From pumpkin scented candles to orange napkins and glittery gourds, this table is ready to deliver for a harvest happy hour.

Fall Home

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Light Up a Few Lanterns

There’s something eternally spooky about dark metal lanterns. Perfectly suited for setting an eerie mood, candle filled lanterns are ideal for creating a cozy but creepy ambiance.

Fall Home

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Pumpkin Party

Nothing says fall like a big pile of pumpkins. Whether ceramic, glass or rattan, a group of these beloved winter squashes is a surefire decorative homerun in any fall-focused living room. White pumpkins are unexpected and especially chic and charming in a modern living space.

Fall Home

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Seasonal Greeting

Harvest happy homes deserve a little entryway excitement. A simple table with an inviting blanket basket and a few magazines puts even the crankiest houseguest into a state of seasonal arrest. Add a little fall flavor to any doorway table with a few autumn adornments like porcelain pumpkins, scarecrow stickers or a candy corn jar.

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