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My New Estate Sale Bag

Since I seem to be shopping estate sales weekly now I needed a bag stocked with goodies to make the day go smoothly. Estate sales are different than antique shops because you have to make decisions so very fast and there may not be time to think on items before someone else snags it.  I prep my bag with all I need to make it work and set out for the day.  I love using this new St. Anne tote from Barrington Gifts as it is filled with pockets and is so roomy so I can load it down with smalls and littles and leave my hands free for bigger items.  Barrington Gifts is always a go to for me since I can design them as I want ... and this fall bag is one of my favorites so far. 


The Strand

I was checking out the news, etc. online this morning and noticed a article about one of my favorite New York stops, the Strand bookstore. I have mentioned before loving bookstores and libraries and getting lost for hours just wandering the aisles and the shelves.  While estate sale shopping I always stop at the books, checking the titles for anything to add to my own collection or something fabulous for resale.  The article shared that this iconic New York bookstore is truly struggling with the economy the way it is and the lack of patrons due to quarantine.  They have been very forthcoming with their needs ... they need their fans to shop online, pop in if you are in New York, and purchase from them or they will have to chose their doors.  


What I Would Buy On Sale

There are some really great sales happening and, while it is very tempting, I am truly sticking with purchasing only my favorite basics this year.  I have already snagged a couple of sweaters, two pairs of pajamas, a pair of boots, a pair of ballet flats, and a coat. My favorite retailer is offering 50% off right now and I am ALL IN.  Classic J.Crew?  Yes please! 50% off ... that is basically Black Friday sale prices ... and I am completely shopping the whole sale!


Serena & Lily Fall Sale

I popped over to check out the new arrivals at Serena & Lily this week and noticed they are currently in the middle of a fall home sale.  To know S&L is to adore their products ... and their products on sale is even more adoration.  We have quite a few S&L pieces in our home and love them all.  I like how versatile they are and how much we use them, most definitely for entertaining and making our house feel so much like a home. 💙


My Skin Care Routine

I have received a number of messages lately asking if I am still using Beautycounter + loving it?  The quick answer is yes and absolutely, but there is a longer answer as well.  I am still 100% in love with my skin care routine and think it is making true changes to my skin and its "age".  When I begin to notice the question coming in more and more I decided it was time to update you on my products and how I am using them and new ones I have added to the mix.  I think as new products are being released my routine will change some, but I see that as a good thing.  To keep up with the best of the best I will continue to try out the new products that are released, and then change my routine to make sure I use what is best for my skin and what I respond to in the best way.  All that being said, there are some things that I have not changed since the moment I tried them, so it is clearly time to give you an update. 


A Fall Playlist

Are you moved by music as much as I am?  I think it started for me working retail when I first moved to Atlanta.  We had seasonal tracks we played and to this day if I hear one of those songs I am taken right back to the mid 90's and stocking shelves + motivating a team. The biggest imprint of all would be Christmas music, it instantly will remind me of a holiday collection of clothes ... am I the only one who ties music to experiences?


On My Radar

Happy, happy Monday!  I am pretty much in shock that we are entering the end of October.  Please someone else tell me that I am not the only one who things time is flying by in warp speed?!  I swear it was just early September like 2 weeks ago.  I hope your weekend was a good one, ours was equal part relaxing + productive so I will call that a major win.  It is the beginning of the week and I am ready to make a plan and see it happen. I was just looking through my photo stream for an image to share with you and noticed I seem to have screen shots of the same thing over and over ... so clearly I have some things on my radar, four of them to be exact. Do you do the same, screen shot things and then go back and see you clearly have some ideas on your brain?  I think this would be such a great topic of conversation, so ... what is on your radar?


All The Amazon Things

Have you shopped Amazon Prime Days yet ... I say yet because I am pretty sure every single person has grabbed an item or two from the sale list. It is crazy the amount of items we as a family purchase from Amazon. It is so easy to open the app, search for what you want, and then click and purchase it in a few easy steps.  Within two days it shows up at your door. When I ordered my new coffee maker a few weeks ago it came the exact same day ... I mean, can it get any better?  Amazon is most definitely our go to for Covid, and with good reason. They are currently in the middle of a two day Prime Day event where you can score amazing items at even better prices as a prime member. The deals really can not be beat!


At Home Tailgate

Per usual for 2020, football season is so different this year.  If you are anything like us you know what college games are on each weekend, what time they are on, and what time you plan to begin the snacking for the day.  We love college football, and as a dating couple would go to UF games on Saturdays.  Lawyer was always impressed with my ability to get really great tickets for us for every home game.  I still have not given up my little secret on that one.  😉 Since we are not attending games, and tailgate this year looks so very different, I have some ideas for you on how you can make it feel somewhat normal in a time that is anything but normal. 


Bring On The Cozy

Cozy times curled up on the porch with my best girl?  Yes please! The chill in the air is really my favorite thing about fall ... well, that and a great fire.  I have been living in sweaters + jeans lately and discovered that my sweater collection needed a few new ones.  I got a few from a few weeks ago and still wanted to add a few more to my collection.  Since I seem to gravitate to the same sweaters season after season I thought I would share my favorite styles with you.  My classic prep style most definitely shows up most in the fall and winter months as I seem to have a sweater, jean + loafer (or ballet flat) habit.  When it works, why make a change, am I right?


One Year Later

Yesterday marked one year since we brought Nathan home from the hospital.  I felt off yesterday and then when I finally noticed the date I realized why I was feeling so strange.  I am most definitely one who subconsciously feels things and then remembers a day or so later what that date meant to me.  I can not believe that it has been a full year since we took a huge leap of faith and brought him home.  I was scared, honestly frightened, to do it on my own without the support of the hospital staff who had cared for both of us for two months.  The doctors felt it was the best time to give it a try ... so I prayed hard and God left the door open and we brought him home. 

Do You Shop Thrift?

I chatted about my love for thrifting great pieces of clothing and accessories in this blog post and got a lot of great emails.  I think it is apparent to me that a lot of us enjoy finding great pieces (both mainstream and luxury items) at incredible prices.  I remember buying my first Louis Vuitton Neverfull on my 40th birthday with money my grandmother sent me.  She told me to spend it on something fancy for myself and I did.  I love that bag, I love that seeing it reminds me of the gift, and it is a timeless piece that has aged and worn so well.  That being said ... I do love buying luxury pieces second hand, and getting a great deal while doing so.  I have purchased two pairs of Stubbs & Wooten loafers, numerous luxury scarves, and a second great Louis Vuitton bag second hand.  I can't say enough about it ... and have some tips and tricks for you to do the same. 


Happy October

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It has been a busy week ... I promise I will get it together and be back to posting five days a week next week! Every single time I got the time to write something would interrupt me and I could not get back to it.  This week we have a brand new driver ... sniff ... and that is lots of details to start out, plus I am finishing up for next week's launch, and wow, just busy being a mom.  I am not complaining one single bit but I need to get back on my own schedule for my own sanity, I do love a routine!


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