Summer Wardrobe Staples

Happy Hump Day friends!

I am love, love, loving that the middle of the week is already here! A three day weekend every now and then sure is good for the soul.

Today I am sharing my personal list of Summer Wardrobe Staples. I think every lady should have these pieces to build upon in their summer closet. With Memorial Day weekend being the official start to summer fun, I thought it only fitting to post this week. Nordstrom is also still running their Half Yearly Sale through the end of the month, so I found many of the pieces for today's post on sale through their site!

First up on the list is a classic pair of tortoise sunglasses. I'm partial to the Kate Spade cateyes shown in my collage, especially because they are currently on sale for under $100! Here are some other great picks:

A bright summer sundress that can be worn to both daytime picnics and nighttime soirees is a necessity in your summer closet, and it's probably no surprise to y'all that Lilly is my go-to for these and I am just a tad smitten with this one that is featured above. Because not everyone is a Lilly fan, though (gasp!), I am also sharing some fabulous non-Lilly finds!

For the Lilly lovers...

And for the rest of you...

Just as you need a versatile sundress, a versatile tunic will also be a piece that you'll find yourself wearing again and again all summer long. A cute tunic can get you from the beach to dinner in no time through the simple switch up of accessories! I'd wear the Rikshaw Designs tunic pictured above with flipflops over a bikini poolside and then throw it on over some white skinnies with sky high wedges and a big necklace for dinner!

White bottoms of any sort have always been a summertime favorite of mine. In fact I specifically had a white denim pair of shorts in 3rd grade that were probably closer to gray because I wore them so much! White bottoms scream crisp and clean. If you had to buy just one pair, I'd vote for tight white skinny jeans, but if you're like me, you'll find you can't resist many different summer white styles.

In terms of summer shoes, I'd argue you could probably make it through the entire summer with just 2 pairs: 1) a pair of flat gold sandals and 2) a pair of neutral tan or brown wedges. There's nothing like a trusty pair of gold Jacks to get you through any and every occasion and you'll find yourself pulling out wedges when you're feeling bold and adventurous!

And last, but certainly not least, to top off all your summer looks, go for gold accessories! Nothing looks as good on a tan as gold jewels! I am majorly lusting over the Bourbon & Boweties gold arrowhead bangle right about now!

Do you have these staples in your closet?

Anything I'm missing and should add to the list?

What are your favorite places to shop for summer clothes?

Have a great day!


Pasta Salad with Chard & Pecans

Happy Hump Day readers!

Are y'all as ready for the long weekend as I am?

I have a feeling the next three days are going to drag!

Today I am excited to share the recipe for a pasta salad I made Monday night and shared on Instagram.  I  was inspired by this recipe, but tweaked it a little for my tastes.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
8 oz bowtie pasta
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
2 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper to taste
3 tbs balsamic vinegar
3 stalks of green chard, chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 and roast the pecans for 5-7 minutes, until fragrant

2. Cook bowtie pasta, drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside in large bowl.

3. In skillet, heat olive oil and garlic over medium low-heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning the garlic. When garlic is golden brown and fragrant, add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes.

4. Add chard, pecans, and olive oil mixture to pasta and stir to mix all ingredients. Add balsamic vinegar and mix.

5. Once pasta is fully cooled, add cheese and mix in.

6. Chill for 1-2 hours and top with additional cheese and pecans if desired.

7. Enjoy!

This recipe was so delicious and easy! I was really craving fatty baked macaroni and cheese the night I made it, and thought this was a good compromise. Any pasta that contains as much green as it does actual pasta is a-okay in my book! 

It would also make for a great potluck recipe and is convenient as it can be prepared and chilled ahead of time!

Are you a fan of pasta salad?

What are some of your go-to recipes to try and practice moderation?

Have a great day!


Draper James

Happy Tuesday readers!

I'm still here...just chugging along to get to summer break!

Today I am excited to be sharing the recent launch of Draper James. I'm a big fan of Reese Witherspoon and a few weeks ago she mentioned the launch of her very own boutique on her Instagram. Loving her style, I knew I had to check it out and am so glad I did!

The boutique is inspired by and pays homage to her Southern roots and offers items that reflect a Southern state of mind.  Be ready to swoon...

Wicker and a  monogram? Yes, please!
This is my top pick from the site!

These fabulous magnolia printed pants
 come in a close second as a favorite on the site!

These are perfect for entertaining and they also have an option
that says "Only Count the Happy Hours."


This classic, yet fun dress comes in 3 prints and I can't choose a favorite!

The perfect pouch for travel that is oh so adorable!

I love that this necklace is equally parts trendy with the tassel 
classic with the pearls.

The only thing that beats a good denim jacket
is a good white denim jacket.

DJ is currently only available online, however, they are opening their flagship store in Nashville this fall...girls' trip, anyone?

Have you shopped Draper James yet?

Are you a fan of Reese?

What are your favorite celebrity brands?

Have a great day!


Tuesday Night Tinkering

Happy Hump Day readers!

After a particularly rough week last week, I am happy to say that, thus far, this week is going swimmingly!

Today's post is an impromptu one, and was honestly inspired completely by last night's events...

Those of y'all that have known me for a while, know that I'm quite a tinkerer (word??)--especially when Bryce is gone. It might due a bit to "while the cat's away the mice will play" and maybe also a little bit due to boredom, but I always seem to delve into some new projects, styling, or just plain tinkering when he's out of town. Last night, I delved into an exciting project that I'll share with you now!

The one room left in our house that needs major work is the guest room. Currently, it's more of a junk room and I am, fingers crossed, going to get it transformed and in working order this summer. The plan is that most of the furniture/decor from my previous bedroom at the apartment (see here) will go in there.

Additionally, y'all know that closet space is an issue in our house, and I decided a while ago that once the guest room had been cleaned out, I would add a garment rack to the space to display and store some of my clothes. The idea was that it would serve both decorative and functional purposes.

That being said, a few weeks ago when switching out my fall&winter clothing with my spring&summer clothing, it became evident that I have a whole lot more clothes for warm weather than I do cold. When trying to unpack everything, there literally was not room for all my hanging clothes in the closet, so I decided the garment rack would have to happen whether the guest room was ready or not. Over the weekend, I went to Target and bought this garment rack. All of Sunday's mishaps (see Instagram), however, delayed its set up until last night. I was super pleased with the ease of assembly. I was able to put the whole thing together completely alone in less than 45 minutes.

After running out to get some pretty hangers for the garment rack, I immediately got to styling!

I played around with which pieces to hang on it. To suit my decorative purpose, I ultimately decided to focus on tops and dresses in shades of pink and cream. I also made sure to hang more feminine and delicate pieces. I am smitten and amazed by how much it has already transformed the "junk room" and our closet.

I, of course, couldn't resist topping things off with some Tory!

While in search for the hangers at Stein Mart, I came across another exciting piece to tinker with...a folding rattan chair for just $22! I have kicked myself for not ordering a pair of these on One Kings Lane last year and was so excited to find some at Stein Mart for a steal! I have felt like we have needed another chair in the living room for a while, but nothing I had tried was quite right. I think the new chair definitely fits the bill and reminds me of the fab rattan chair in this pin which is one of my all time faves!

Are you a tinkerer like me?

What projects have you been working on in your home lately?

Have a great day!



Happy Friday chickadees and...Happy May!

I am beyond pleased that May is finally here. The end of the school year is in sight and (just 6 more weeks to go) and summer can't come soon enough!

I hit a low in blogging during April, only posting 4 times. I have constantly been inspired to post and have a growing list of ideas, but honestly, I just haven't had it in me.

Allergies are majorly kicking my butt this spring, and because of them, I can't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep. I feel like I've been living life in an exhausted fog.

Additionally, as the school year comes closer to an end, big life decisions are weighing heavily on me. I've shared my teaching frustrations on the blog and after 3 years, I'm leaning more and more toward a career switch each day. I have a passion for kids and teaching, however, that passion is squashed by the state of education and teaching as a profession today (at least where I am). Last year, I was questioning things big time, but still felt a strong pull to teaching. These days, all of my gripes about teaching seem to overshadow that pull. I'm at a point where the thought of exploring new (and totally different) options is exciting, but also really scary. Stay tuned...

All that being said, I've been physically and emotionally exhausted. When I've made it home these last several weeks, I've just wanted to unplug and zone out. I'm hoping, however, that May, and all its springtime glory, will reenergize me and help me to find my blogging groove again.

Thanks for sticking by me and still reading despite my absence.

Have a great weekend!