Fall Color Mixing – Cognac, Mauve, and Purple!

This week I am bringing you a three part series to help you mix and match fall colors for 2014! I have been tearing color inspiration photos out of magazines (the old fashioned Pinterest) and trying to incorporate a few of Pantones colors for fall into these looks. Today I am sharing one way to coordinate cognac, radiant orchid, and mauve mist . You can mix and match these colors any way you like – add an accessory in purple, cognac pumps, whatever suits your style! Although summer is my favorite season, I love the rich, jewel tones of autumn.

I hope you enjoy this series all week, and please let me know if you have suggestions for mixing other fall colors! Join me Wednesday as I style red, cream, and chocolate brown!

Cognac, Mauve, and Purple


J Crew colorblock sweater
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Uniqlo jacket
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CROSS Jeanswear slim cut jeans
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Anna Field zip bag
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PB&J Smoothie!

School is back in session and I am a stickler for healthy breakfast foods for Lucy. I know that if she eats a healthy breakfast, she will be able to concentrate on her studies, be more awake and alert, and not be starving by lunch period. She is a vegetarian, so I have to work extra hard to be sure she gets enough protein, B vitamins, and several other vitamins and minerals found only in animal products. We are not vegan, so we do eat eggs and milk.

I recently discovered a simple recipe for PB&J smoothies. We tried it for breakfast recently and it was a hit with all three of us! I am a smoothie junkie, and this was one of the most tasty smoothies I have ever tried! IMG_1705

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Mix one cup of ice cubes, one cup of diced strawberries, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp of peanut butter or PB2, and 1 cup of skim milk. We blended our smoothies in our Vitamix. I am pretty sure that this is the appliance we use most frequently in our house! Aside from the flat irons;)

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This smoothie is delicious, healthy, and packs a fabulous punch of protein for a morning meal or snack. You can also substitute peaches, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries for the strawberries for a variety of flavors. The PB&J smoothie will be a breakfast staple for my family this year! Let me know if you try it! Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Please share!! Have a blessed day!

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Maxi Skirts for Fall!

I jumped on the maxi bandwagon over the summer, and I am not planning to jump off anytime soon! I have been working on some outfits that will help me transition my maxi skirts and dresses for cool weather style. I don’t think maxis should be saved only for spring and summer! On Monday, I shared how to transition your summer maxi dress for cooler weather. Today, I am styling my favorite maxi skirt for the transition to fall.

By pairing a maxi skirt with a simple tank or tee, you are ready for the warmish days of September.

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You can easily wear your favorite maxi skirt during cooler weather by simply adding a cardigan, a denim jacket, or a blazer over a tank or tee. In September, the days are often much warmer than the night time hours, so just take a cardi or jacket with you for an evening out.

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I am excited to pair my maxi skirt with a chunky sweater when the days get cooler too. Add a pair of booties and simple accessories and you have the perfect casual fall outfit! How are you transitioning your favorite wardrobe pieces this fall?

Fall Maxi Skirt



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Maxi Dress For Fall!

I don’t know why it took me so long to try the maxi trend, but I went full force this summer and purchased two dresses and a skirt. I love them so much that I dread the thought of packing them away for fall. So, this week I am sharing several ways that you can transition your maxi skirts and dresses for cooler weather. Today I am going to talk dresses. The skirt styles will be posted on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by!

Maxi dresses are the most simple way to get dressed in the summer. Add sandals and simple accessories and you are set for a night out, a wedding, a day at the pool, or a shopping trip with the girls!

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To create a cool weather look, I added a denim jacket and tied a bright scarf around my waist. You could also pair your maxi dress with a blazer, a sweater, a belted tunic, or a cardigan for fall.

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I wanted to create another casual fall look, and I love the idea of a chambray top tied at the waist over a maxi. You can switch the Chuck Taylors for a pair of wedges for a more dressy look. Join me on Wednesday as I will share a few ways to transition your maxi skirts for fall!

Maxi Dress For Fall



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Mini Manicure Travel Case!

One of our summer goals was to learn to sew a few new items. I had been wanting to create this mini manicure travel pouch from Noodlehead for quite some time, but had been fearful of the level of difficulty. My friend, and sewing instructor, Jaime from Sew To Speak, had faith that we could tackle the pattern.

This little sewing and fabric shop, Sew To Speak, is nestled in the outskirts of the Ohio State University campus. Lucy and I have taken classes from four different instructors at Sew To Speak, and have been pleased with all of them. Each time we have taken a class here, we have left the shop each time with a beautiful, completed project, as well as instructions and patterns to create the project at home, and a ton of fun memories.

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I took Lucy and her friend along for the fun. We made a day of it, with a stop at their favorite place to eat – Panera(: I could hang out with Lucy and her friends all of the time. She has the most amazing group of young ladies in her life.

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We were pretty excited with the finished products. It was a really difficult pattern for us, as we are still beginners. We had a few machine snafus too. But we finished!! And we love them! I used fat quarters from the new Arizona fabric line. Lucy found some fun London inspired printed fabrics at Sew To Speak. The pouches are perfect for organizing your manicure items and polishes when you travel!

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I am hoping to add more classes in this fall. I want to learn how to create a cross body bag. That is on my goal list for 2014.

The ladies at Sew To Speak describe their shop in the following way:

We are a mother and daughter team running a family business with only a few employees, who have become like family to us. We love fabric and sewing and want to share that joy with other like crafters.

We first started as a brick and mortar shoppe in Columbus, Ohio in February of 2008. Our shoppe is a small retail space with a little classroom space in the back.

In 2009 we decided to venture out of our small shoppe and into the vast World Wide Web.

Our mission is to serve and inspire in the world of sewing.

- Anita and April

Anita is the designer behind the new Arizona fabric line which makes its debut this month!


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Help For Your Hands!

It is no secret that my hands resemble those of the crypt keeper. My hands have always had prominent veins, but teen years spent laying in the sun covered in baby oil and many years spent working as a nurse have taken their toll. One of my goals is to take better care of my hands. Today, I created a simple step by step guide to help you erase the damage done to your precious hands.

Step One – cleanse and exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and keep your hands soft and smooth.

Step Two – apply hand lotion several times during the day and after you wash your hands. Philosophy carries my favorite fragrances, but just find a hand cream that you love. Preferably one you can slip into your makeup pouch in your purse for easy access.

Step Three – apply sunscreen to your hands daily. I have started applying a bit of my facial sunscreen to my hands in the morning. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply if you have sun exposure all day. Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands prior to getting a gel manicure too! The lights put your skin at risk.

Step Four – apply a spot removing treatment to your hands to help repair damage to your skin.

Please consult your dermatologist prior to using any treatments. I am not a physician. These are simply a few tips that I use to help protect the delicate skin on my hands.

I have created a set of a few of my favorite skin care products for your hands. Which products work for you? Thanks for sharing!

Help For Your Hands


The winner of the hand crafted Lily earrings from Lauren Cornwell is Kelsey!! Congratulations! Contact me via e mail ASAP so she can get your earrings shipped to you!


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Shelley Bee Originals Skirts!

Once I find a clothing item that I love, I buy it in several colors/prints. I found Shelley Bee Originals on Etsy about a year ago. Since my first purchase from her, I have added 6 more of her fabulous creations to my closet. Simply stated, this is my all time favorite skirt. This is not a sponsored post, even though I am walking billboard for Shelley Bee Originals ;) This is simply one of my all time favorite hand made products, and I think you all need one, or five in your closet!

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Shelley creates gorgeous handmade jersey knit/spadex skirts that are made to order. She makes sizes to fit everyone from a new baby to fuller figured women. Her skirts must be hand washed or machine washed on gentle cycle with like colors, and laid flat or hung to dry.

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Obviously I am addicted to Shelley Bee Originals!

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These skirts can be worn with a tank or tee in the summer, or paired with a chunky sweater and tights during the colder seasons. I have worn them with statement tees to a family movie night and paired them with wedges and a dressy blouse for church. They are so versatile!

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Shelly also makes a fabulous twirly skirt! I don’t have one of those…yet;) You can find Shelley Bee Originals on Facebook here, or on Instagram with the name shelleybeeoriginals. She also has an IG account that she uses to host flash sales and sell clearnace items. I have purchased two of my skirts through the shelleybeclearance IG account. Do you have one of Shelly’s skirts in your closet? Which one would you love to add to your wardrobe? I have my eye on the camo skirt for fall(: The winner of the Lily Pulitzer earrings is Kelsey!! Congratulations!!


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Lily Pultizer Give Away!

I met my friend Lauren through a blog swap earlier this year. She sent me the most amazing box of goodies including fabric and a hand painted picture of a rooster for my kitchen. We clicked immediately and I have been a fan of her blog ever since. Lauren is an art teacher, and one of the most crafty ladies I know! She recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells hand crafted earrings created from recycled Lily Pulitzer fabrics.

I ordered a pair when she opened her shop and I loved them! She recently sent Lucy her own pair, to help feed her new addiction with all things Lily Pulitzer.

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Elle stocks her shop with a variety of Lily prints, so you can find a pair of earrings to match almost anything! I am hoping she finds some Halloween/fall fabrics and perhaps some Christmas colors to share too!

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I asked Lauren to tell us a bit about herself and her shop, so you can get to know her better. Take it away Lauren!

Hello friend! My name is Lauren and I blog over at Cornwellfam.com. My husband and I originally started the blog for our wedding guests last year, and then it morphed like a power ranger into a catch all of classroom ideas, date nights, and DIY. I teach art to middle schoolers in North Carolina, and am a self professed professional thrift store shopper. I had wanted to start an etsy shop for a while but didn’t have any direction. After seeing a ton of my favorite designer (Lilly Pulitzer) at the thrift store I knew what I wanted to do. I began rescuing Lilly clothing items and re purposing them into button earrings. I hope that you are as over the moon about them as I am. Stop on by my etsy shop or my blog to say hi, I would love to hear from you!

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Lauren is generously giving away a pair of her Lily Pulitzer earrings in the winner’s choice of fabric to one lucky lady today! To win, you must enter the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced On Wednesday September 3, 2014! Good luck!

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Sarta Designs Skirts!

Lucy discovered the fabulous world of Lily Pulitzer while we were in Charleston last month. She purchased a few school supplies at the Lily shop on King Street in Charleston, and now she is hooked. She told me that she feels like she belongs in Charleston – hot weather, beautiful clothing, Civil War era buildings, fabulous restaurants, the beach, and amazing shopping, all wrapped up in a college town. I think she may belong there too(: We would love to relocate someday!

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I found Sarta Designs on IG, and fell in love with her Lily Pulitzer skirts! I ordered a Lily design for Lucy, and I think it may be my favorite skirt she has ever worn! She paired it with a simple white tee and added her giraffe necklace. Next on her wish list is the Jellies Be Jammin Print!

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I don’t think Lucy has worn shoes, with the exception her ballet slippers, all summer! She does slip on a pair of sandals for church though.

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Sarta Designs offers special discounts for bloggers with whom they collaborate, so I ordered a hot pink skirt for myself. Today I am pairing it with a cobalt blue and white striped tee, but I have styled this skirt so many ways! I have paired with a simple black tee, a bright yellow lace top, and a white and navy striped summer sweater. I typically wear flats in the summer, but you could add a pair of wedges and really dress this skirt up for a night out!

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This skirt is so comfy, versatile enough to pair with sequin sandals or Keds, and also fits out budget. I have a few more Sarta Designs skirts on my fall wish list. I have my eye on the houndstooth skirt for Christmas!

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I asked Alex, the brains behind Sarta Designs, to tell us a bit about herself and her company. Take it away Alex!

About Me:
My name is Alex! I’m originally from Charlotte, NC. I am a Senior at the University of South Carolina. I learned to sew in high school, but took it as a “just for fun” class (who knew it would later help me start a business!). My favorite color is blue and I love pastels. I love to sew, crochet, do puzzles, and shop. I have way too many of my own Sarta skirts. Sewing is so relaxing for me. I just find something to watch on Netflix and let that play while I sew!

About Sarta Designs:
In the summer of 2013, I was bored. I decided to quit my job because I got a really sweet babysitting gig. However, this meant a good bit of free time for shopping. I love skirts, but I could never find one that fit me well, had pockets, and was a decent price. One day it hit me that the kind of skirt that I wanted could easily be mine. All I had to do was make it myself! I didn’t have a sewing machine of my own, but I borrowed my neighbor’s as I had done previously for small projects. After I made myself a couple of skirts, friends started asking me if I could make them one. I had enough people interested that I was able to buy myself my own machine and start filling my free time with sewing instead of shopping! My absolute favorite part of Sarta Designs is making custom orders. I love when I get an email about someone wanting a specific print/style that I haven’t offered yet. I love the challenge of finding something perfect for them, and the joy I feel when I know they are happy too!

You can custom order a skirt, and you have the option of adding a fabric sash or a fabric bow for your skirt too! I love the idea of a skirt created in your school colors for football season!
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Sarta Designs is generously offering 10% off on all orders placed this week. Use the code CHARMING through August 31 when you check out for your 10% discount! Have a fabulous day!


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Alice and Ivory!

So I need to tell you how much I hate that school has started. She started last week, but I think this week is worse for me. All of the back to school excitement has dissipated. Although I love back to school shopping and all of the excitement that comes along with the start of new school year, I miss my girl. I love having her home and I love hanging out with her. Having an only child, and one that I spend almost all of my time with, makes me keenly aware of the short period of time I will have her under our roof. Not only do I love and adore my girl, I like her. I really like hanging out with her. She makes me laugh, and I miss her when she is not here. So, I will thank God for the fun summer we were blessed with and I will enjoy every second of this school year with her.

My girl is my model for today’s post. I am sharing a very cool company that I discovered on IG. Alice and Ivory creates custom pillows, prints, totes, and turbans, as well as soft, cozy baby blankets. You all know my love for all things Etsy, and this shop is a keeper!

They sent over this mermaid tee for my girl, which she has fallen in love with. I have too. She spent the majority of her summer in the pool, so this tee is well suited for her.

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Kristina began Alice & Ivory solely for a creative outlet when she was drowning in the corporate world. Eventually, it took off, and expanded beyond her belief. Now that she is a mother, she is transitioning this business to all things mom and baby, based on the items that she loved when she became a new mom in April 2013.

She said that she always thinks to herself “I can make that”, and always try. I love when a woman works toward her destiny! That’s how she stumbled upon making blankets, lovies, and more. Kristina LOVES what she does, and feels blessed to be able to share her creations with you!

When Kristina is not hooked up to her sewing machine, glue gun, or out woodworking, she is spending time with her husband and their son. She loves coffee, winter, the mountains, anything related to cowboys and Indians, and all things classy.

Check out her Etsy shop! You will fall in love!


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