A Denim Shirt... 3 Ways!

Y’all, it is so H O T! These really are the “dog days” of summer, and I for one am ready for the weather to cool off… A lot of the boutiques I follow on Instagram are already posting sweaters and boots in preparation for fall, but I know it will be a little while longer before we are ready for all that!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing year round is a denim shirt, and it has definitely been a staple this summer! I love denim because it is always in season and can be styled so many different ways! It’s such a great transition piece as we prepare the weather to cool down, as well. I wanted to show y’all how you can take one shirt and make three totally different outfits for any occasion!

Casual Day Out

Denim Top / Linen Shorts / Flip Flops / Earrings / Sunglasses

I have posted about linen shorts already this summer, and I definitely consider them a staple for the hot weather. I LOVE them with this denim shirt and flip flops. This would be the perfect outfit for lunch with a friend or running errands. I love when I can just throw my hair in a messy bun and still look cute!

Working Girl Chic

Shirt / Pants / Shoes / Earrings / Bag (similar)

I just think every girl should have a good pair of black pants in their closet. This outfit would be great for the office or a casual dinner date. I like the tied up look with the high waisted pants — and I paired it with an oversized leather bag and my favorite espadrilles.

Sunday Best

Shirt / Skirt / Wedges / Sunglasses / Earrings / Diaper Bag

I know a lot of girls who don’t think they can pull off a maxi skirt, but I think they would be pleasantly surprised if they just step out of their comfort zone and try it! Now that I am usually running around with Bryant in tow, I love to have easy go-to outfits that are still stylish and dressy, but I don’t have to put a lot of work into them! This was the perfect outfit for church Sunday. I love the denim top with the striped skirt, and then a simple wedge sandal.

Even though I love buying new clothes, I really like when I can take an item I’ve had in my closet for a while and give it new life and a fresh look! I hope this was helpful for y’all… I hope to do more posts like this in the future!

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And special thanks to my hype man/photographer Shelby for helping me get all my pictures! : )

Fall Cleaning, Surviving Irma & a Hurricane Slumber Party!

In my last blog, I mentioned that we were doing Fall Cleaning this weekend, and I wasn't kidding! We spent almost the entire day cleaning and getting things ready for the change of seasons.

I washed and ironed (whut) all the curtains in our house, cleaned the oven, dusted all the fans and light fixtures, cleaned all the baseboards and crown molding and flipped our mattress.

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B literally cleaned every window in our entire house (22 in all), as well as the window sills and the screens. He was my hero! It was a lot of work, but the windows are so clean and clear now! They look so good.

We were worn slap out after all that work. I slept like a baby until Sunday morning.

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Sunday after church, we had lunch with my parents. B grilled steaks and my mom pan roasted asparagus, mushrooms and onions. It was all so good! I made this salad platter, too. This is my favorite way to set up salads when serving them at parties/get togethers. I had romaine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green bell pepper from my garden! I made a creamy Italian dressing to go on the side. Easy and delicious!

We knew Irma was scheduled to hit Sunday night, so B went to Walmart to get some snacks, water bottles and some other things we needed around the house.

Josh, Erika & Trey came over to wait out the storm. We watched Irma coverage and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers before we decided to watch some movies.

First we watched Signs. I don't know why, but we discussed this movie when we hung out a few weeks ago and we've been saying we were going to watch it ever since. I remember being really scared of this movie when I was a kid, but it really wasn't that scary this go around. After Signs, we watched an 80's "horror" movie called "The Wraith". It was really bad. LOL But it was funny to watch it with our pals. I do not recommend.

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Monday we woke up and nothing was going on yet. It was rainy, but not much else was happening. B made me a latte and we watched more Weather Channel. I'm telling you, I was glued.

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Once everyone else was awake, I decided to make breakfast. Pumpkin and regular buttermilk pancakes with bacon. Easy and delish. After we ate, we settled in for a Harry Potter movie marathon.

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We took a break for a brief intermission in between the movies to check out what was going on outside. The wind was really picking up around 1PM. We had a few branches and a couple of limbs fall, but nothing too crazy. We were very lucky. Our neighbor had a tree fall on her house. I can't even imagine.

And then... The lights went out. We moved out from the den to the dining room and started playing games. We played Uno... Katie was the dark horse and dominated us.

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And then, Taboo -- My personal fave! The girls won!

Maxx really doesn't freak out during bad weather, but he was seemingly nervous yesterday. I think he just knew something was going on, but he didn't understand. I pulled a chair up to the table and put his bed on it, so he could be close to us. He was very happy! : )

To finish our game marathon, we played Monopoly for 4 1/2 hours... I have so many memories of playing this game with my family, but it's not my fave. Josh dominated the game, and I had terrible luck and kept rolling to the corners and drawing crap cards. Ha!

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It was really fun having everyone over for basically 24-hours. I have a dream that one day we will all live on a commune together and that's what this felt like. LOL Thankfully, we got power back, right around 10:30PM. I was so happy to have it back, but I know a lot of people in town are still without. Props to GA Power! They even texted us to let us know power had been restored to our area. So nice!

Anniversary Getaway to Savannah! Day 3

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"Nothing goes faster than a vacation..." - Ken Simpson

I woke up Saturday morning and felt immediately sad. I couldn't believe how fast our trip went by... We went upstairs and had breakfast in the dining room and got to chat with a few other guests at the B&B.

After we packed our bags, we checked out and decided to recreate a picture from our honeymoon...

  

5 years later in the same exact spot. Who are those babies in the first picture?!

We had pretty much a whole day to do whatever we wanted, so we headed to Wormsloe Historic Site. The arched live oaks are absolutely STUNNING and the way they line the driveway makes my southern belle heart flutter.

We got to have a mini-photo shoot (shout out to our tripod) and I was so happy with the pictures!

   

We changed clothes at the Visitor's Center and decided to walk around the plantation grounds. We even checked out the Colonial Life area. NERD ALERT.

We stopped for lunch at the cutest little bakery/deli called Great Harvest Bread Co. This roast beef sandwich was so good!

We drove around for a while, but got bored really quickly. We had dinner reservations at 6:45, so we didn't want to get sweaty again. What is the most logical thing for a Millennial couple to do? Go to a coffee shop, duh.

 

 

The Foundery Coffee Pub was such a cute little place, and the coffee was great (iced latte with hazelnut and coconut syrup). Definitely would recommend.

It was finally time for dinner! We changed clothes at the coffee shop, and headed to the restaurant.

   

We ate at Alligator Soul for dinner on our One Year Anniversary, so we decided to revisit for Year Five. It wast just a delicious as I remembered.

I stuck to the basics and got a ribeye, but B was a wild man and ordered the kangaroo... Yep, you read that right.

I tried to take pictures, but the restaurant has dim (romantic) lighting, so photos were not really ideal.

The kangaroo was shockingly delicious --very similar to steak-- but my parents were horrified that B actually ordered it!

YOLO, am I right?

For dessert we split the Bananas Foster Beignets and they were nothing short of amazing. After dinner, we headed home, and it was definitely bittersweet. I'm a homebody at heart, but these little getaways are always so special.

5 years of marriage down, 1 million more adventures to go!