Craving FallWith August nearing its end and school back in session, I am craving fall like nothing else. Honestly, once July 4th is done, I become anxious for the season and all its golden splendor. The crisp, cool air that warrants a cute sweater or scarf and affirms that it’s officially okay to have that hot cocoa. The happy pumpkins on doorsteps and porches. Decorated business doors and windows that celebrate with warm colors and gilded accents, and only heighten your excitement. Fall brings its own kind of magic.

Today, I’m sharing a few items I’m eyeing for the season.

I’ve already purchased the pumpkin pillow cover, and it is even more beautiful in person! This will be going in my sunroom. I also snagged the leopard scarf (a great neutral for fall!), the black bell sleeve top, and the bell sleeve cardigan (love the color so much!).

What styles and decor are on your radar for fall?

Shop the post:

leopard scarf / classic jeans / wool hat / bell sleeve top / 3-wick candle / bell sleeve cover-up / gilded pumpkin pillow / Signet flap bag / leopard mules

the-happy-list-threephoto via Studio McGee

Happy Friday, friends! Here are a few things that have brought me a little more joy lately:

  1. Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney: Choose Optimism. An excellent post from The Disney Institute on optimism and how it can (and did) make a difference.
  2. Floral Eyelet Top. This J.Crew top is a little bit Victorian and very much southern. I just purchased it in ivory.
  3. New Ginger Jar Stationery from The Grove Street Press. Perfect for handwritten notes to family and friends!
  4. Hillside Kitchen Remodel by Studio McGee. The floor and open shelving may be my favorite details of the space.
  5. Madewell Wrap Shirt. Loving this vintage-inspired top! Great color for fall, too. I would wear with a wide leg or flared denim.
  6. Monogrammed Canvas Weekender. Perfect for those end of summer, weekend getaways. Plus, it’s on sale!
  7. Skinnytaste’s Chicken Enchiladas. A friend told me these were delicious, and I’m eager to try them. Look so yummy!
  8. The Best Small Towns for Christmas in the South. Of course, we’ve still got time between now and the Holiday Season, but there are a couple towns here I’d like to check off my holiday travel list. Which would you like to see?
  9. Jessica’s how-to on wearing a plaid skirt to work. She nailed it! Classic style and a great transitional look for fall.
  10. A Sweet Valley High movie is coming. If you loved this book series as much as I did, you may be interested to see how the translate it to the big screen.

 

 

serena_lily_beddingHi, everyone! The last couple weeks have been full but so productive and good. There are a few things that I am loving lately and thought I’d share with you. Let me know of any favorites you have lately in the comments below!

First up are new sheets and shams from Serena & Lily. I was shopping for sheets for a while and fell in love with these. I love the blue and white design, and am so glad that they are also super comfy! The shams are clean and simple with just the right pop of color. Very happy with these. A little more money, but I waited to purchase during a sale; and knowing you spend about one-third of your day in bed, you can’t put a price on quality and comfort for a good night’s sleep.

flintstones_dvdNext up is the complete first season of The Flintstones. Hanna-Barbera cartoons were some of my favorite as a kid, so this was absolutely a buy spurred on by nostalgia. I’ve been watching episodes when I just want to turn my mind off and relax, and it’s been nice. Still fun to watch, too! Found at Target but also available at Wal-Mart.

sam_edelmanFinally, are these espadrilles by Sam Edelman. Purchased on sale a couple weeks ago at Nordstrom thinking they’d be great for fall. They are super comfy, and I love this neutral color. They pair well with just about anything! The color is oatmeal suede and have since sold out at Nordstrom but are still available here.

I’d love to hear about any favorites that you have! Happy Monday!

 

saturday-series-oneHi, friends! I’d like to introduce you to the first post of the all-new Saturday Series. My Saturday Series will feature updates and highlights on what’s new and current from life and at home, and everything in between. I’ll get a little more personal here and hope that you’ll feel welcome to join in on the conversation, too.

Let’s talk!

Summer. Lately I can hear the neighborhood kids two doors down having fun in the pool. Their voices carry over, and it’s a nice, comforting reminder of what summer is all about. Lazy, crazy days with friends. Bike rides. Playing tag. Sleepovers. S’mores. Pool parties. Kids should get to enjoy the simple things in life as much as possible, and while they still have the freedom and time to do so. I can’t wait to have my own kids enjoying the same moments in life (and re-live all the fun with them!).

I’m hooked on an old – but new to me – series on Netflix, Hart of Dixie. I cannot get enough of the small-town fun and drama. It reminds me of everything I love about the south: tradition, close-knit communities and neighbors, charming towns and history, good food, familiar places, and… Burt Reynolds? Hart of Dixie is my latest obsession.

Bedroom Makeover. This is a goal I’ve set, and I’m determined to pay for the update without adding debt to my name. It requires me to set aside a little bit of money each month (which means I’m constantly budgeting, balancing my checkbook, and allotting funds), but I’m doing it and have felt such a great sense of pride and accomplishment for staying the course. New paint, nightstands, quality (cozy) linens, and a couple decor pieces are all part of the project, so this is a worthwhile pursuit for me.

We celebrated my brother’s birthday in June. Just a small get-together with close friends and family, but such a treat. I was so excited to give him this ukelele! My brother is a musician, and I thought this would be a fun pastime for summer and beyond. Sure enough, he loved it!

Fourth of July is just days away, and it is one of my favorite holidays. I love the pomp and flare and fireworks and patriotism of it all. I love getting dressed in my best red, white, and blue; and I look forward to savoring a few American classics – a hot dog or hamburger, Lays potato chips, sliced watermelon, and an ice-cold Coca Cola (please, and thank you!). It’s an all-around great day to celebrate the freedom we are so privileged to have in America.

On a final note are these words that a friend shared this week:

“Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule, so she can let God overwhelm her soul.” – Lysa Terkeurst

 

10-best-summer-moviesSummertime means plenty of time spent outdoors – swimming, beach tripping, boating, barbecuing… The best of summer. But after a full day of adventures and sun, it can be nice to break away from the heat, keep cool, and relax. For those times, there’s nothing quite like a summer movie night. What could be better than free entertainment and creating priceless memories with friends and family?

Some of my favorite memories include watching movies with my friends and cousins. In the summer months, when school’s out and the days are hot and long and there’s nothing that has to be done, it’s the perfect time for blankets and popcorn and a good movie.

Here are my picks for the 10 best summer movies:

  1. To Catch a Thief – One of my all-time favorites! Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, this Hitchcock film features romance, mystery, and intrigue along the beautiful French Riviera.
  2. The Parent Trap – I never tire of this one. Wholesome entertainment that everyone can enjoy. Plus, it all begins at a summer camp where the best kinds of memories are created.
  3. The Sandlot – A classic! Friendship, adventures, and America’s favorite pastime. It’s quite simply summer at its best.
  4. Beach Blanket Bingo – This film is silly and fun, and with music from Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, it has all the makings of a classic beach party movie.
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl – One of the best adventure movies! No doubt, you’re familiar with this one…. I mean, it’s hard to forget a character like Captain Jack Sparrow. I love this Disney favorite.
  6. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation – James Stewart is a businessman who takes his family on a seaside vacation, which turns out to be everything but relaxing.
  7. Hook – I love this retelling of Peter Pan. A grown-up Peter must remember who he is in order to save his kids who’ve been kidnapped by Captain Hook.
  8. Troop Beverly Hills – An all-around fun comedy. Shelley Long is a spoiled Beverly Hills housewife that takes leadership of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and teaches the troops some very useful skills… like where to appraise diamonds!
  9. Gidget – A summer 50’s classic. Sandra Dee plays a teen that falls for two surfers who teach her to surf. I’ve enjoyed this movie since my teen years.
  10. Rear Window – Another Hitchcock film with a little more suspense. Jimmy Stewart stars as a photojournalist with a broken leg and little to do but observe his neighbors from his rear window during a sweltering New York summer. When he thinks he witnesses a murder, he tries to solve the crime himself alongside his love interest, Lisa Fremont, played by Grace Kelly. This movie is fantastic, and Hitchcock does well to tell stories within a story while never once leaving Stewart’s apartment.

Any other movies you’d add to the list? I would love to know!