Julep Summer Edition!

Happy July 4th weekend to you! I hope that you are blessed to celebrate with family and friends over the weekend! Whatever you are planning for the holiday, remember to thank and pray for our military men and women (and their families) who have sacrificed their freedom so you can have yours. Jennie and I will be back next Friday with the Charming Friday link up!

My June Julep shades are perfect for beach weather! I am so excited to share them with you today! My polish collection was lacking in the blue hue selection until this box arrived! I needed a great blue for the 4th too!

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The two polish shades included were Manda and Isabela. I am wearing Manda on my toes this weekend!

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Also included in the June box was the Luxe Your Lips conditioning Treatment lip gloss. This gloss is a brand new formula created with bolder pigments to punch up the color for summer. There are four new ahdes to choose from, and I selected the blushing rose. The cool tip soothes hot lips and boosts circulation, the healing oil blend locks in hydration. Vitamin E is included in the formula to prevent collagen loss.

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If you are unfamiliar with the Julep company, let me educate you about this fabulous monthly subscription. Signing up is super easy. Go to the Julep web site and complete your style profile. Each month, Julep Maven subscribers receive a collection of nail polishes, and other beauty accessories, which are hand selected by Julep stylists according to your style profile answers. Julep will send you an e mail previewing your upcoming Julep Maven box on the 20th of each month. If you love what they have selected for you, do nothing. If you want to try a new style, skip a shipment, or send the box to a friend, simply submit your request on the Julep website between the 20th and the 24th of the month. The subscription costs as low as $19.99 per month, so it easily fits into my new budget! Julep Mavens also receive a 20% discount on each order they place on the Julep website.

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Did you know that Julep’s very popular monthly beauty box just got even better? Yes! Maven subscriptions can be customized to fit your style, your likes and your favorites even more now. Each month, Julep Mavens get:

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A fully customized monthly delivery of over $40 in nail polish and beauty products for $24.99 a month, or just $19.99 a month if you sign up for the 3 month option. As a Julep Maven you will receive flexibility to try one of five beauty styles each month or upgrade to get them all, as well as 20% off and free shipping on other products at Julep.com You will also have exclusive access to the Secret Store each month and first dibs on monthly Mystery Boxes. You receive points when you or a referral orders products, so you can earn free products! The Julep Maven subscription is one of my favorites. It has helped me build my polish collection affordably, and it makes a perfect gift for the beauty maven in your life! If you would like to become a Julep Maven, simply click here and follow the prompts! Easy Peasy! I hope you all enjoy a blessed day!

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Summer Sweaters!

I am always so glad to shed the winter layers in the summer! But I find that I am often freezing when we go to the movies, or other air conditioned venues. I never understand why movie theaters and restaurants are always 40 degrees in the summer! I don’t like to wear jackets during this season, so I added a couple of light weight sweaters to my closet for summer, in the event I find myself shivering in a mall or movie theater.

I love this bright pull over sweater from Loft. The color is perfect for summer! This exact one is sold out, but I love THIS ONE, and it has great ratings too!

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I also love light weight cardigans in the spring and summer. Maurices has a great selection of colors and sizes. I always have a cardigan in my tote just in case!

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Pastel Florals

How do you like to layer in the spring and summer? Are you a cardigan or jacket girl? Happy hump day!


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Summer Totes With Jill From Doused In Pink!

Must Have Summer Tote

Everyone should have a great tote for summer! I find that I carry everything from my tablet, a water bottle, sunscreen, and library books in my bag during the summer. Lucy and are constantly on the go, so I need something cute, functional, and durable for summer. Jill, from Doused in Pink, and I are sharing our favorite summer totes with you today!

Stop by and visit Jill today and check out her tote-ally fabulous Vera Bradley tote! Here is a sneak peak of her post!

Vera Bradley Tote for Ravinia

I picked this striped tote up at Old Navy several weeks ago and it has served its purpose well! I plan to take it on our summer vacation too!

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Tote-Old Navy//HERE.

My favorite tote is the reversible vegan leather cognac/black tote from Nordstrom. My admiration is obvious, because I carry it almost every day! There are several different color options. I love the coral and tan for summer, and the navy is on my wish list for fall!

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Do you have a favorite summer tote? I hope you have a tote-ally fabulous Monday;)


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Summer LBD Series – Casual Style!

I am wrapping up the summer LBD series today with a casual look – my favorite way to dress. I purchased this knit dress from Kiki La’Rue last summer and it has become a staple in my wardrobe year round. In the fall, I paired it with tights and boots. But I love it with sandals for summer. I have the same dress in olive too. This exact dress is sold out but click HERE for a new, similar style.

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Thanks for following along with the LBD summer series this week. Which style was your favorite? Be blessed today! And be sure to link up with Jennie and me for Charming Friday today!

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Summer LBD Series – The Maxi!

Today I am sharing part 2 of my summer LBD series – and it is all about the maxi dress! I purchased this simple black maxi tee shirt dress at Target last summer and wore it for several occasions. I have paired it with sneakers, sandals, and wedges. I have accessorized it with a scarf, a statement necklace, and I have topped it off with a belt. It is so versatile and well worth the $27 I paid for it!

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I wanted to give it a little boho vibe today, so I paired it with cognac wedges and turquoise jewelry. I added a light wash denim jacket when we went inside the restaurant for more modesty. And because restaurants always set their thermostats to 40 degrees in the summer.

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Here are a few awkward photos of me standing in our mulch. I wanted some greenery behind me. My photographer/husband has to be bribed with food to take pictures for my posts, so I take what I can get(:

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If I had to select one LBD to take on vacation, it would be this one. It can be worn to the beach with sandals or paired with wedges for dinner and a night out on the town. And it doesn’t wrinkle!

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Here is the same dress styled with a scarf and a medium wash denim jacket.

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And again paired with a simple gold necklace and sandals.

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Join me Friday, as I share how to style your LBD for casual events! Have a great day today!


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Summer LBD Series – Formal!

We are back from Rockette Summer Intensive in NYC! Let me clarify – my daughter was accepted into RSI and I went along as her chaperone. It was an amazing week and I can’t wait to share it with you all! I am doing my best to keep up with comments and link ups this summer. Thank you to everyone who linked up with Jennie and I on Friday!

This week, I am sharing three ways to style a little black dress for summer. Today my LBD is styled for a more dressy occasion. I added several simple silver necklaces and black wedges. Easy and perfect for a summer wedding, shower, or cocktail party – none of which I will attend this summer;)

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I purchased this dress at White House Black Market several years ago, so it is no longer available. But WHBM has a huge selection of LDBs HERE.

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Join me Wednesday and Friday for two more ways to style LBDs for summer! Happy Monday!


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Summer Dresses From ThreadUp!

Welcome Friday! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post and link up with Jennie and I for Charming Friday today! Last year, during my great closet clean out, I discovered an online shop called ThreadUp. In a nutshell, ThreadUp is an online consignment shop that both purchases and sells like new quality clothing at up to a 90% discount. I ordered a clean out bag just to try the service. It is really simple. Clean out the items in your closet that you no longer wear. They must be defect free, on trend, and from top brands, such as Limited, Lilly Pulitzer, DVF, and Loft. Place the items in the clean out bag, seal it, and take it to the USPO. It’s that simple. The postage is paid for you too!

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I have sent four bags of clothing to ThreadUp and I have earned over $150 in commissions! Your commissions can be used as a store credit, transferred to your Paypal account or donated to a charity. I purchased this navy an white striped Loft dress from ThreadUp a few weeks ago for less than $20, using my store credit! It arrived in perfect condition, like it had never been worn. I love the fit and can see this dress on heavy rotation for me all summer.

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When you send your clean out bag to ThreadUp, you can select return assurance. For $12, they will send back the items they do not select to keep. I did not do this with my first three bags, and was very satisfied with what I earned.

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If you are ordering from ThreadUp for the first time, you can click HERE and receive $10 off your purchase! You can leave any questions regarding ThreadUp in the comment section, and I will try to answer them for you! Have you tried this service? Enjoy your coupon code and I hope you find something fabulous!

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Welcome to Charming Friday! Thank you for linking up your favorite charming post this week!

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Father’s Day Gift Picks!

If I had to sit down and create a list of qualities that I wanted to see in the man who fathered my daughter, my husband would encompass every one of them. I never want to portray the image that I have a perfect life, or a perfect marriage. I don’t. No one does. But my husband is an amazing dad to our daughter. He did not grow up in a household where he learned good parenting skills. So, everything he is, he owes to the fact that he chose to follow Christ twelve years ago. This man loves our daughter more than I ever could have dreamed. He teaches her the importance of hard work, taking good care of her body, nutrition, natural health care, and that any boy who doesn’t love and respect her like he does should not be given the time of day. I thank God for this man in our lives. Because of him, our daughter will know how she should be treated and loved by a man and she will accept no less.

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So today, I am sharing my gift picks for the dad in your life. Although gift cards are always a good idea, it is fun to actually open a present on a special day. I have linked gift picks ranging from grill supplies to slippers. There is something for every Dad! My hubby would love any of the picks here today!

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The Summer Clutch!

I have seen so many bloggers post pieces from Sole Society, but I had never taken the plunge to shop there until now. Ebates was offering 16% cash back, and I was in need of a clutch for summer. I picked up the Noelle clutch to add to my little handbag collection. It measures 9×12, so it holds everything I need for a trip to the grocery or an evening at the movies.

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I have always loved the look of a clutch, but I was not sure if one would be functional for me. I tend to prefer a strap, or handle, on my handbags. But, as soon as I used this clutch one night, I fell in love. It is super simple to stash under my arm, maintaining my need to be hands free. And it holds everything I need, while looking stylish. You can get 20% off your order at Sole Society today by clicking HERE . They have an amazing selections of handbags, shoes, and accessories!

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I also paired the Noelle with this Sarta Designs skirt for church too. It’s versatility makes me want to add a straw clutch, and a tassel clutch to my summer wardrobe.

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I picked up this little hand made clutch from Esty last summer. It is perfect for a quick trip to the store or for shopping with my daughter.

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This fabulous summer clutch was hand made by my friend Sarah, of SewSarahR. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop and her blog. She is a very talented, stunningly gorgeous new mama.

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I also have two clutches that I kept from past Stitch Fix boxes. The silver laser cut detail clutch also has a strap, so it doubles as a cross body bag.
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Have you jumped on the summer clutch band wagon? Check out the selection at Sole Society//HERE and add one or two to your summer handbag collection!


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Stitch Fix Review #10!

I feel like a kid in a candy store when it is time for my Stitch Fix box to arrive! I recently received my tenth Fix and could not wait to share it with you! So, let’s get started! Remember to link up your post with Charming Friday today!

I always unpack my box, and take a side shot photo, just so I can stare at the prints for a while.

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First up is the Wilson tie neck blouse. Love, love, love! I love the colors, the fit, and the fabric. I wanted to pair this top with coral cropped pants, but I just sold mine at the garage sale. Oops. I guess I was going to need those after all. This top was my favorite piece in this Fix. I will wear this with shorts, cropped pants, and my denim skirt. VERDICT-KEEP!

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Next is the Isabelle Crochet Tank Top. Although I love the crochet trend, I wasn’t sure about this top at first. It looked boxy and too sheer right out of the box. But, the Stitch Fix wizards encourage you to try everything on before you make a decision. It came with a coordinating cami for extra coverage. I liked it a bit better when I tried it on, but it still showed too much skin for my taste. I could pair it with a cardigan or military jacket in cooler weather, but I am only keeping summer items this time. VERDICT-RETURN!

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I asked for a dress for our summer vacation, and Samantha included the Jakobe Maxi Dress for me! I love the colors and the print, and it seriously feels like pajama material. Any time I can go out in public in something that feels like my pajamas, but does not look like them, is a good thing. When I tried it on, my husband said it made me look like a square. Sort of like Sponge Bob with no waist. I asked for his honest opinion and I got it(: VERDICT-RETURN (sadly).

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I requested a tote in this Fix, but the one I wanted was out of stock. So Samantha sent me the Justina Laser Cut Cross Body Bag. I really did not think I was going to like it at first. But, I tried it with the maxi dress and loved it! I can use it as a clutch for a dressy event, and it has a strap to use as a cross body for our beach trip. It will be the perfect vacation bag! VERDICT – KEEP!

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Finally, I received the McCarthy Cutout Detail Blouse. This was another win for me, but it arrived with a huge snag in the front. I wasn’t going to try it on, because I knew I could not keep it, but the cut out detail sparked my interest. I slipped it on with a pair of distressed denim and fell in love!

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I contacted Stitch Fix about a replacement and they told me they could ship one out for me! Then I received an e mail the next morning that it was out of stock. Womp womp. VERDICT – RETURN. But the ladies at Stitch Fix arranged for a new box to arrive at my door a few days later to ease my grief(: It worked. I felt much better and will be sharing #11 soon! I appreciate such fabulous customer care!

I have learned that developing an open line of communication with you stylist is key to success with your Fixes. I loved the fall Fix that my stylist Samantha created for me. I was not sure who my stylist would be for this Fix, but I wanted to be sure she knew what I would like to see in my box. I e mailed her a specific list of patterns, pieces, and styles I would love to see in my summer Fix. Although they can’t guarantee any specific pieces, sending your stylist suggestions, along with links to your Stitch Fix Pinterest Board, will help her create a box full of styles that will perfectly suit your tastes! I am asking for Samantha to style my next Fix, because I have faith that she knows my style.

I discovered Stitch Fix via a blog I was following. Obviously, I love this service, so I enjoy sharing this company with my readers as well. If you have never heard about Stitch Fix, or if you have questions about this service, I will explain the company in a nutshell.

1. Go to Stitch Fix and register.
2. Fill out the personal style questionnaire. This takes only a few minutes and your answers provide the Stitch Fix stylists with information regarding how to select items for your fix.
3. Sign up for a date to receive your fix. You will receive your fix within a couple of days of the date you select.
4. You will receive five items in your fix. They will include a mix of tops, bottoms, skirts, pants, shorts, and accessories.
5. Try on your fix items. Keep the ones you love and return the ones you do not. You have three days to return the items you do not want to keep.
6. Once you decide what you are keeping, sign on to your Stitch Fix account and complete the short questionnaire regarding your choices. Your answers will help the stylists select what to send in your next fix, regarding styles, sizes, patterns, etc.
7. Pack the items in the prepaid USPS envelope and send it back.

I have recently been selected to be an affiliate for Stitch Fix. This simply means that, I will share my Fix items with you and help provide answers to your questions about the service. If you click on my links in this post and place an order, I will receive a small credit toward my next Fix. Please don’t feel obligated to order, but thank you if you choose to do so. I truly think the Stitch Fix service is genius, and my closet has never looked better! Have you ever ordered a Fix? Please share what you love and what you would change!! Thanks!

Easy as pie. I have received some items that I adore in my Fixes, and others that I have sent back. However, part of participating in Stitch Fix is the experience in itself. I live in a small town where shopping is quite limited. Stitch Fix allows me the opportunity to try styles and trends that I would probably never try on my own. I learn about styles, patterns, color coordinating and mixing prints too. Although a couple of my Fix items have missed the mark, I completed my return questionnaire, and the Stitch Fix team sends items I love in my next Fix.

So, there you have it. That is Stitch Fix in a nutshell. If you choose to sign up for a Fix via my blog, I will receive a credit toward my next Fix, so thank you! When you sign up, you will also receive a referral code which you may share with your friends and receive your own fix credit. I would love to see what you receive in your fixes. Please share!

It’s Charming Friday! Link up your favorite charming post today! You can link anything from fashion, to beauty, to DIY and recipe posts! As long as you feel it is charming(: And be sure to stop by Jennie’s blog, A Pocketful of Polka Dots, and show her some love too!

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