Chill Frills

Happy Monday, friends! You all know how much I love a good deal, so I wanted to share a little gem I recently discovered. This striped wrap blouse and ruffle top are both under $25! I have been working to step up my top game. I feel like I always gravitate towards comfy tees and graphics (which I still love), but I’m working to create a little bit of diversity in my wardrobe. I received both of the tops above from this shop. I feel in the past some similar shops have gotten a bad rap and as with most stores, there are always pros and cons. One of my favorite things about this shop in particular is everything is super reasonable. You can get some of the hottest trends for a fraction of the price. The downside here, being we live in the world of Amazon Prime and orders are here in 2 days, the pieces take a while to actually get to you. Considering it’s shipping from overseas, I think it’s to be expected. I suggest to always always always read the reviews, especially…

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Beauty while you ZZZ

I am a big fan of sleep. Unlike most people my age, I can’t sleep for five hours and be okay. I need a good 8 hours + of sleep every night or the next day I feel useless. (Newborn stage, I was a walking ZOMBIE) I typically go to bed around ten every night and am up at seven every morning. As a lover of sleep, you can only imagine I am a also a fan of good bedding. We have layers upon layers of down, memory foam, gel and high thread counts. I know I may sound a little ridiculous, but you spend almost half your life in a bed… I think it should be comfortable. I had heard about Slip Silk Pillowcases a while ago, but never made the plunge to purchase them. We recently received two King Size covers for our pillows and Ian and I have both been converted. Ian’s favorite thing about them is the fact they are incredibly soft and stay cool all night, and I am a huge fan of how they help with anti-aging and decrease…

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LBD Summer Edition

Hey, friends! I hope you had an amazing Fourth of July weekend. We kept it pretty chill around here and just watched some fireworks and grilled out. Cove was obsessed with the sparklers and had a meltdown when they were all out burnt out, ha. I’ve never been one to follow “style” rules – white in summer, black in winter. I typically just wear whatever color I want, no matter what time of year, and try to coordinate it appropriately. Because black looks so good when you have a nice tan. I personally think little black dresses are appropriate year round and make for an easy date night outfit. The dress I’m wearing above (linked below) is made from super lightweight material and has pockets. If, you aren’t a fan of black in the summer, they also have it in white and yellow. I paired it with these shoes, which I mentioned last week. They are so comfortable, and go with everything. They’re also 20% off right now. I wore them with a pair of distressed jeans and a tee…

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Maxis, Studded Flats, Layered Jewelry & Splurge or Save Talk

  Happy Wednesday, friends! It has been a great week so far… There haven’t been many errands to run, so it’s nice having lazy summer days where we take our time in the morning, go to the pool visit with friends and take long naps. Somehow, we always end up in the back yard with Cove running through the sprinklers and Ian and I eating on the back deck. It’s been kind of perfect, if I am being honest. I posted the above dress on Instagram a while ago, and got a lot of comments on where to find it. You can shop my exact one below or here. It’s super comfy, has pockets and is perfect with a little cami-slip underneath. I paired it with this sandals from Callisto of California, which you can shop below or here. The gold studs on them are my favorite and the camel color goes with everything. I also received this pair of block heels from them, and I am so excited to wear them out to dinner when we go to the beach next month. They are so perfect…

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Thoughts on Things: Social Media Babies, Hands Free Fashion and Trends I Love

So one of my sweet friends on Instagram shared a post on social media babies and how this will be the first generation to ever grow up with cameras in their face at all time and every single part of their lives being documented on iPhones and often through social media. To be honest, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to and Ian and I have talked about before. We have a few friends who don’t share about their children at all on social media, no photos at all, and others who document bare booties and glorious details of real life and the moments in between. I personally don’t think either is wrong, because each of us have our own ideas of what parenting should look like and ideas of how we should be raising our kids. I am sure social media will affect our children, just like it’s affected us, if we are all being completely honest here. For some of us, it’s impacted us in a completely positive way. Some have built businesses, met friends, created a digital journal their…

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Quality over Quantity | The Style Edition

  It would be embarrassing if you stepped into my closet about three years ago. My shelves were bending in the middle from the amount of clothing hanging on them. Most of it were things I never wore, and a good bit of them still had the tags. I was born and raised a bargain shopper, and because of that I learned the habit of buying things because they were a great deal and not necessarily because I wanted or needed them. After purging my closet multiple times the past few years, I vowed to myself and to Ian to only buy something I really loved. And even more so, to only buy things that we’re going to last me a long time. Since then, my closet has definitely moved in the right direction. I get emotionally attached to clothes for some reason, so some stuff I still have just because it’s hard for me to part with. I’ll call it nostalgia. But overall, I have done a better job at keeping my closet to pieces I wear, pieces I love…

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Picnics + 5 Other Practical Ways We Use Gathre Mats

  Picnics are one of my very favorite things to do together as a family. Almost every year, the boys take me to do it for Mother’s Day or when they know I just need some time with them. It could be the fact I love cheese, bread and fruit and it’s usually the majority of what our picnics consist of, or that I LOVE outdoor dining. Anytime you combine food + a beautiful view, it’s my kind of heaven. After coming home from our trip the other day, our house was pure chaos with laundry, groceries and the mess that unpacking creates. The following Saturday, it was just the three of us with no plans, so we decided to get outside and picnic together. I used my new Gathre mat, to which I’m now spoiled, because now, a blanket won’t ever do for us… It doesn’t heat up in the sun, it’s easier to brush off and it lays flat when the wind blows. We had a mini mat a friend gave us before Cove was born, and it…

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Feeling Floral | Dress That Hides Taco Bumps

It’s been a minute since I’ve shared an outfit post with you. I’ve been so excited to start dressing for summer and probably pulled out my sandals way too early. This year, instead of going for items that are just fashionable, I have been trying hard to only buy and wear things that fit our lifestyle. Surprisingly, it doesn’t mean I have to dress boring. It just means pulling together outfits more intentionally. Instead of just buying something because it’s cute, I’m asking myself will it fit comfortably when we’re out, will I be able to wear it multiple ways and is it going to be super hard to clean when I get PB&J on it. Just being real here. I got a few pieces from Love Winnie James and have been so happy with them. This dress was one of them. The material is so light weight and gauze-like and it can be dressed up or down depending on where you’re headed. I was really excited because I wore it to date night and I didn’t have to worry about my…

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Thoughts on Things: Managing Time, Sand and a Few of My Current Favorites

  I normally feel like I am pretty good at managing time. I’m type A and make lists for everything. It’s probably a little OCD, but as of late, I’ve really been struggling. It feels like the days go by so fast and my lists never get done. I try to be really intentional about my time with family, so some things definitely get put on the back burner, but it still feels like time is moving way to fast to completely everything I need to. I would love some suggestions for those of you who manage a bunch of different things like jobs, kids, family and other priorities, and how you do it without letting things slip through the cracks. Hoping it’s just a season, because I hate laying my head on the pillow knowing that the list keeps growing. When we took the above pictures, Cove was having a big issue with the sand. He loves the water, but he’s really funny about textures. As soon as it got in his sandals he had a major melt-down and we had…

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Mother’s Day Recap

  This past weekend my boys spoiled me well. Saturday and Sunday they let me sleep in, brought me a card with the cutest little otter on them (this meme is my favorite and I literally said, ‘I Made Dis’ when Cove was born), and took me out for a day of doing whatever I wanted. I opted for a park date and dinner with a little shopping in between, of course. The slow and relaxed days with them are my favorite. Nothing too fancy, just quality time. Ian’s currently building my Mother’s Day present so I’ll show you guys that later. I received the sweetest necklace from Reagan over at Henri Lou and loved the sterling and turquoise accents. I have been mixing dainty gold and silver jewelry for a while now, especially my rings, so I thought it would be fun to try a silver necklace. Most of mine are gold, so it’s been fun to switch things out here and there. For some reason, this necklace reminds me of the desert and the ocean both together and I…

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Stir Crazy & Bellabeat

  This past week was a tough one in the realm of health issues for our family. We were wiped out and didn’t leave the house for a few days, but when we finally started to feel better, we decided some fresh air was what the doctor ordered. I tend to get extremely stir crazy after about one day stuck at home, so I was really crazy at this point. Please tell me I am not the only one like that? We headed to the lake/park to walk around and it definitely helped lift our spirits. Cove loves throwing rocks in the water and was really into the ducks this time. He was screaming “DUCKS!” chasing after them. I was cracking up. Next time we go back, I will have to bring some bread to the lake with me to make it up to all the ducks who were scared to death of the toddler chasing them around. I wanted to share with you guys about this fun new fitness tracker made for women. I have never been a huge fan of…

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Quality Time | Jord Wood Watches

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I am loving our new traditions we’ve started as a family of three. We spend time with both of our mothers and Cove’s grandmothers the day before Mother’s Day and then we take Sunday as a day for our immediate family to spend time together. This past year was my first year celebrating Mother’s day with Cove and Ian really went above and beyond to make the day special for me. I know he is going to do a wonderful job teaching Cove how you love and respect your mother (not just on Mother’s Day, but every day). One of my strongest love languages is quality time, so on Mother’s Day it’s definitely something I cherish the most. I thought I would put together a list of a few creative ways you can give your mom quality time on Mother’s day. Zoo or aquarium date. This is not for every mom, but if your mom is an animal lover this will be right up her alley. Spend time together wandering around and…

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Easter Recap

Easter weekend was about one of the most fun holidays we’ve had since Cove was born. He is getting to a really fun stage as he is learning new ideas and concepts. Things were on steroids a little bit considering there were a total of three egg hunts, but we had a great time celebrating with our church and both sides of our family. We also discovered that his love for crackers and dark chocolate runs deeps. There were some hiding in his eggs instead of candy, and he would stop hunting eggs so he could eat could just sit down and eat. It was pretty adorable. We went pretty simple as far as his Easter basket goes. I went back and forth because I really love to spoil him, but I also don’t want holidays to be about getting a bunch of stuff. We got ended up getting practical items like some shorts for summer and chalk and bubbles for playing outside and then one or two toys. As he grows older, I would love to implement some concepts about how…

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We’re Live! Shop til’ You Drop

I’ve been itching to share this all with everyone for so long! Today we’ve officially launched The Southern Trunk shop, along with a nice little site upgrade! We’ve been dreaming and working on this space for months, and are so happy to finally share it with everyone. When I was a little kid, instead of playing with Barbies and other toys, I begged my mom for a sketch book. I started designing clothing and outfits. Going into middle school, my parents bought me my first sewing machine so I could make the clothing I had designed. One problem. I failed miserably. I had zero patience and ended up only making a few pillows and a floral skirt. But despite failure back then, I knew that I wanted to use that same creativity and heart for design in a career one day.

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Step Into Spring

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is doing well! We’ve been soaking up spring ever since it started. This past weekend we visited friends in Chattanooga and it honestly felt like summer. We walked around the downtown art district and across the walking bridge, which Cove absolutely loved. I’m a huge fan our how Chattanooga is an active and walking city. So many people were out walking, riding bikes and playing in Coolidge Park. We will definitely be back soon to take Cove to the aquarium. Although spring means lots of pastels and cool colors, I still love wearing neutral and my go-to black and white. I love this fun and flowy top from PinkBlush. They have some amazing spring tops and dresses. The white floral pattern still makes it springy and light. I dressed it down a little with some distressed jeans and paired it with these lace-up flats from Guilty Soles. What kind of plans do you have for spring? I would love to hear what kind of spring traditions you have.

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On-The-Go | JJ Cole

Now that the weather is warm enough to be outside all day, we’ve been on the go ever since. The zoo, the park, the lake…. We are naturally on-the-go people. Even as a kid, my mom said I would go stir-crazy if I was at our house all day long, and I think Cove inherited that from me. Since marrying Ian, I have learned to slow down a bit, but we still all love to be outside together. This past week, we headed to a downtown square near us to walk around, pick some wildflowers and grab a snow cone. When it’s 85 degrees, the weather is just screaming for some rainbow shaved ice. We had so much fun window shopping and running around together. I recently got the Arrington Diaper Bag by JJ Cole. Honestly, I have never had a diaper bag. We just used inserts in different bags and backpacks. I was really interested to try it out. Sine switching over, I have LOVED having all the room and separate sections for “momma” things vs. “baby” things. With 3…

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