Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Sunflowers At Burnside Farms

A couple years back, I visited Burnside Farms durning the spring for their annual tulip festival. It was gorgeous & I MUST go back again this next year. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to go during their sunflower season because all the pictures I have been seeing on their Instagram have been giving me major FOMO. Yesterday, Ben & I finally got to take a little road trip up to see the gorgeous sunflower fields. To say is was dreamy would be an understatement. Plus, we went on a Tuesday afternoon so there weren’t many people there. We had such a fun time & even got to cut & bring home a few sunflowers as well.


Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

What I’m Wearing

Tie Back Red Top // Long White Tiered Skirt // Sandals // Bag // Bracelet // Lipstick // Red Flower Earrings // Floppy Hat


Sunflowers
Sunflowers


Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Our Happy Visit With The Happiest Flowers

On the drive home, we could not stop talking about how much fun we had in the sunflower fields. We loved walking through the classic sunflower fields & taking photos, but then we also saw some lovely white & burgundy sunflowers as well! Of course, we had to bring home a few of each color. They had chickens & turkeys on site as well which were thoroughly entertaining. I couldn’t help but think that one day when we have kids, we have to bring them back to see this. How much fun will that be?!

This was such a cute outfit to wear to the sunflower fields because the red & white really stand out against the flowers. Yesterday was my first chance to wear this dreamy long white skirt & I already can’t wait to wear it again. You may remember seeing it in a recent Sunday Try On where I mentioned that I had been looking for the perfect long white skirt for such a long time & this one is even better than I was expecting. It’s so light & flowy & is not see through either! An effortless white skirt like this is one is one I know I will wear for many years to come.


Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

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How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

hot, Hot, HOT!

Summer is in FULL swing, am I right?! It’s times like these when you want to just live in shorts & a tank top to at least be “comfortable”, right? I’m totally with you. So what happens when you want to look cute for a party, a lunch, a trip to the grocery store, or whatever the occasion may be? Let me share with you my tips on how to dress cute on hot summer days without compromising on the comfort level.


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

What I’m Wearing

Gingham Top // Zimmermann Dupe Shorts // Mules // Bag // Heart Sunnies // Hat // Strawberry Earrings // Bracelet


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

The Sweet Details

Let’s go back to that original, hot day outfit of shorts & a tank top. Seriously the best & most comfortable thing to wear in the heat besides a bikini. To boost the cute factor but maintain the comfort, let’s re-imagine this look just a bit.

Shorts

Instead of a pair of athletic shorts or denim shorts, why not try a pair of high waisted, loose fitting shorts in another color or print. Adding some detail, or something out of the ordinary really elevates the entire look. These white shorts I’m wearing are a total Zimmermann dupe & are under $20! Not only are they cute & affordable, but the material is light & super breathable making them super comfortable to wear on even the hottest of days.

Tank Top

If you’re wearing a great high waisted pair of shorts, I recommend pairing it with a cropped tank top. Don’t shy away from cropped tops too quickly because just because they are cropped, doesn’t mean you have to show any skin. Cropped just means it’s shorter than the usual tops, but if you’re wearing high-waisted shorts, the cropped top can meet the shorts perfectly at the waist.

To take it up a notch on the cute scale, find a tank top with interesting design details. This gingham top (similar here) has a classic square neck with ruffled straps & a lovely tie in the back. Tie back tops are so cute & fun to wear this time of year. Whether you go with a tie back top or not, finding a top with details such as ruffles, buttons, bows, etc. will totally up your fashion game.

Don’t Forget The Accessories!

On hot summer days, the last thing I want to wear is a cross body bag. Maybe it’s just me, but I start to feel trapped under there, plus the added sweat. Pass. I tend to gravitate towards top handle or satchel bags for that very reason. This bamboo bag has gotten so much love over the past couple of years & I still just love the way it goes with outfits & is a great conversation piece. The structure & lines of this bag bring so much texture & depth to a look.

Earrings are a great & easy way to look cute on hot days. I’m totally obsessed with these strawberry earrings I found for under $10! I mean how perfect for summer are they?! If not these, then you know I love a good pair of floral earrings. Also, I’m loving this heart pair at the moment. (I can’t stop wearing them!)

Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with your sunglasses. Try a fun new color or shape & just rock them.

Lastly, wear a hat. Most likely, if it’s hot & you’re outside, that means the sun is out. Look cute & protect your face with a nice straw hat. If it’s too hot to wear your hair down, wear it in a low pony with the hat like I did here.


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Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Our First Anniversary

One year ago today, on the day I’m posting this, we were still on cloud 9 from our amazing wedding day & were on our way to Italy for our honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s already been a year! This year has been full of change, growth, adventure, dream chasing, & endless laughter. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.

We celebrated our anniversary this past weekend. One evening was particularly special so I made sure to document it so I would never forget.


Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Our At Home Date Night

Setting The Mood

While Ben went out to get supplies, I proceeded to cover our table with wedding & Italy memorabilia. All the lemon things, the tiles that spell our last name we got on our honeymoon, the bowls & utensils that remind us of Italy, the candle we lit in Italy to bring back & flood our senses with memories upon lighting, a bottle of wine from our wedding, a bottle of limoncello, & our wedding album, guestbook, & my present to Ben, were all placed on the table. I then changed into the outfit I wore on our first evening in Italy & put on some Italian music in the background. Finally, I sprayed a bit of my wedding fragrance that I love so much & it took me right back.

Our Paper Anniversary

Over the past month, while Ben has been at work in the evenings, I’ve been sneakily working on a scrapbook full of memories from our first year. I’m so happy with how it turned out & he was so surprised! I included a few special bits from our wedding like love letters & the tag from my dress, etc., tickets, tiles, & sweet photos from our honeymoon, plus so many amazing memories we’ve made here in our home this past year. I know we will love looking back on this for years to come.

The Food

While we were in Italy, we took an amazing cooking class. What better way to celebrate our first anniversary than by making a great Italian dinner from scratch together. We found the recipe we used in Italy & decided to make homemade gnocchi with red sauce. This process was so fun & definitely a fun one to do together. Grating the potatoes, making the dough, cutting the individual pieces then pressing them with a fork, this is definitely not a quick meal to make. We had so much fun singing along to the Italian music, drinking wine from our wedding, & eating Italian bread with red sauce & mozzarella that we didn’t even care how long it took.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for all of your warm wishes on our anniversary. You all are just the sweetest & I love being able to share bits of our life with you.


Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
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Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

The Dreamiest Gal Meets Glam Collection

I have been a long time fan & follower of Julia Engel of GMG. Her feminine, classic style has inspired countless women around the world. Last year, she launched the Gal Meets Glam Collection & each month she produces some of the most gorgeous & well made dresses on the market today. Though the collection started out with only dresses, she has also brought out jumpsuits, jackets, scarves, matching sets, & sweaters. I’ve even hear rumors of coat coming out this fall/winter!

Since their launch last year, I’ve acquired 3 of her dreamy dresses which I absolutely love to death. They are just out of my budget most days, but worth the splurge for a special occasion. (See them here, here, & in this post)

This post is all about my total crush on the Gal Meets Glam Collection. See the designer pieces I’m currently swooning over & find out ways to get the look for less.


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Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

What I’m Wearing

Gal Meets Glam Dress // Espadrilles // Basket Bag // Scarf // Bracelet // Earrings (old, similar here) // Pearl Hair Clips // Pearl Ring


Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

How To Get The Designer Look For Less

Gal Meets Glam is all about the romantic florals, the classic & vintage silhouettes, & feminine details like ruffles, bows, & buttons. Retailers are catching on to her timeless style & I love finding pieces that feel inspired by her style.

This dress that I’m wearing I actually bought during the LikeToKnow.it Day sale. The best way to get the designer look is to actually get the designer pieces. Her dresses frequently go on sale on her site, but some can also be found on Anthropologie & Nordstrom, so when their sites have sales (like Nordstrom is having now – see my edit here), her gorgeous pieces also go on sale.

If you have not heard of Julia or her dresses before now, check out her Instagram here. Hear about me gushing over her gorgeous dress I wore to my rehearsal dinner here.


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Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

My Favorite Summertime Trend

Besides dresses, nothing is easier to throw on & go in the mornings than a good matching set. The pieces themselves have already done all the work for you! They match, they’re cute, & they are sure to get loads of compliments from those around you. Without even trying, they are total crowd pleasers. This trend can be found in the form of shorts & a top (like this one), a top with a skirt (worn in this post or this one), or even pants & a cute top (like here & here). I absolutely love all of these options (clearly) & it’s safe to say I’ll be wearing them year after year. Not only are they cute, but they are great pieces to invest your money in…let me tell you why…


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

What I’m Wearing

Matching Set // African Basket Bag // Mules // Sunnies // Earrings // Bracelet // Pearl Nail Polish // Pearl Ring


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

An Investment Worth Every Penny

I love just how versatile a matching set is. Not only can they be styled differently with different shoes, bags, & accessories, but they can be worn as separates you can mix & match with! Take this set for example. This skirt can be worn with so many different tops. I love to wear this green with a bit of yellow for a lemon lime vibe, but it would also look amazing with white, navy, brown, pink, florals, stripes, really almost anything! For the top, my favorite way to wear it as a separate is with my navy midi skirt, but it would also look cute with white or floral shorts, white, pink, or yellow skirts, & again florals & stripes. Seriously, the possibilities are endless! (see the mixing & matching in action in this video!)

This is why it’s totally worth every penny to invest in matching sets like this one. They are a wonderful asset to your wardrobe. Don’t worry, the word “investment” doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. I’m sharing my favorite matching sets below & you can hover over each picture to see the prices. Some are splurge worthy favorites while others are under $20! Either way, I know you’ll get so much wear out of them.


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Matching Sets: The Best Investment

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Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Beauty Seeking!

Lately, I’ve been craving some beautiful & inspiring scenery. Traveling can be so life-giving, & since I’m staying in Richmond this summer, I’ve been determined to find that same feeling right here at home. There are so many beautiful things that surround us daily & I feel so lucky to live in such a cool city. But regardless of where we live, I’ll bet that if we make it our mission to open our eyes to seek the beauty around us, we just might find it. First stop, visiting a butterfly garden!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

What I’m Wearing

Whimsical Dress // Espadrilles // Floral Bag // Polka Dot Scarf // Earrings // Bracelet // Lipstick


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Our Day Date

When it comes to exploring new places, my favorite travel companion is of course, Ben. Luckily, he had a day off when it wasn’t too terribly hot & it wasn’t raining, so we took a day date to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Our first priority on this trip was to see their “Butterflies LIVE” exhibit, but we also spent hours roaming through the colorful & incredible gardens.

The butterfly garden was totally magical! I saw some of the biggest & brightly colored butterflies I have ever seen. Occasionally, they would land on us which was just one of the coolest things ever! We just stood there, watching, in complete awe of these whimsical creatures flying about, eating, & exploring the garden around them. I was giddy! Since around April I had been wanting to come & experience this place, & it exceeded my expectations for sure.

Dressed For The Occasion

Chicwish very kindly gifted me this dress (which I picked out) & even before receiving it, I knew this was the dress I wanted to wear upon visiting the butterfly garden. It was even better in person & I fell in love (see my initial try on here). The whimsical botanical print is to die for along with the sweet buttons & feminine ruffles, this dress is too cute for words. These earrings matched this dress PERFECTLY!

I decided to go all out with the prints to carry on with my whimsical theme. This cute polka dot scarf tied in a bow on a floral bag…because sometimes more is more!

Halfway through our day trip, Ben & I sat on a bench & we realized that our looks were totally coordinated & were on theme with our surroundings! No doubt, he’s the man of my dreams!


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Visiting A Butterfly Garden


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Visiting A Butterfly Garden


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