Dress: Ya (Similar here); Cardigan: Talbots (Similar here); Belt: Talbots; Shoes: Seychelles; Earrings: Stella & Dot; Bracelets: David Yurman, Kate Spade, Alisa, Stella & Dot; Bag: Louis Vuitton; Watch: Michael Kors
My workday calls for conservative dress, so getting it right takes extreme balance. The LBD is a staple in my closet, as are accessories in fun prints like the leopard belt here or a punch of red lipstick. I find that some of the simplest pieces, combined together can make the perfect statement of “responsible, hard worker who loves to squeeze in a bit of fun.” Besides, I am only 29 (at least for another month)!
Nothing says summer in the South more than an ice cold Coke and fresh peaches, which were the inspiration for this weekend’s outings with friends.
T-shirt: Gap (similar here); Jeans: Target; Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg; Bag: Shiraleah (similar here); Scarf: Target (really loving this one on sale at Barney’s); Sunglasses: Missoni; Earrings: Unknown; Watch: Michael Kors; Bracelets: Kate Spade, David Yurman, Unknown; Wooden Bracelet: LOFT (old, but similar here)
After purchasing our 1957 ranch-style home four years ago, we have experienced the highs and lows of home ownership. Always the couple searching for a new project, we have found ourselves to ALWAYS have something to do. For us, the interior was what we wanted to tackle first, and the exterior was just a paint peeling, 1,500 square foot, brick building. After a few quotes from painters, we decided we’d just have to live with the chipped pieces. Then, the home renovation angels began to rejoice for my dad volunteered for Freeman Home Improvement Project 2012! Hallelujah! My dad is not one for hearts, butterflies and long walks on the beach, but I can tell you that working from before the sun came up until after the sun had long set to make sure everything at our house was just perfect before he left is just one of the many languages of love my dad speaks to me. I’m a lucky girl to have such a talented dad who gives so generously of his time. Enjoy!
The front door and wreath (after).
Before: As you can see, the dark shutters and dark door do little to give our house the personality of the people who live inside. It’s simply flat and boring. Also, I failed miserably to capture how terrible the paint looked. I also failed to snap any during pictures. Which you should thank me for that because dad, mom, John and I were one dirty and paint-covered bunch. Anyway, aside from a few blooming plants, it’s rather dull and boring.
This just makes me shout, “TADA!!!!” A front porch with personality! I’m slightly obsessed with the front door. When I applied the first coat of paint, Dad and John’s eyes looked the size of softballs. After the third coat, we all agreed, I was RIGHT…as usual.
New numbers on the front gable.
Jack couldn’t be more excited about our new porch benches. We do hope you’ll stop by, enjoy a glass of sweet tea and visit with us for a while.
The inside of our little castle has even more personality…more on that later.
Potted hydrangeas on the front porch.
What I really need to say is a GIANT “THANK YOU” to my parents for all of their hard work this past week. I should also probably say “I’m sorry,” to all of our neighbors. Please forgive the loud pressure washer you heard every night until around 11PM. The before and after shots really don’t do all the work justice, thought it does explain why I’ve been MIA for two weeks (week one was the laundry room redo…more later).
Unfortunately, my dad didn’t have a relaxing Father’s Day, but we did buy him a new orbit sander. I cannot promise I do not have a project in mind! Here’s hoping your dad had a Happy Father’s Day!
**Apologies for the mid-morning update, but some of the pictures were not loading properly, and I was a bit excited about this mostly-Target ensemble. I must give credit to my Ma for this fashion lesson…as long as you’re wearing a great pair of shoes and carrying a nice “pocketbook,” the cost of the dress (or jeans and top here) doesn’t really matter.
Jeans, Shirt & Sunglasses: Target; Trench: Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes: Tory Burch; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Earrings: Unknown; Bracelets: David Yurman, Kate Spade, JCrew, Alisa, Unknown; Watch: Michael Kors; Necklaces: Tiffany & Co, Unknown
I picked up this little dress during my Spring visit to NYC at Mint, a favorite little spot in my old neighborhood, the Upper West Side. The popping cobalt color is one of my favorites, and the cut out design makes for a breezy summer dress. Feeling the need for a little Vitamin C, I added citrus accessories for a final punch.
Dress: C. Luce (similar style here); Belt: H&M; Shoes: Old Navy; Watch: Michael Kors; Bracelets: Kate Spade, J.Crew, David Yurman, Unknown; Clutch: LOFT (old, loving this one here); Ring: Vintage (thanks, Mom!); Hat: Target; Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel #12; Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co
Pastels have never been on my must-have list, but lately I’ve found myself gravitating toward the feminine color palate. In order to keep pastels age appropriate, couple them with a simple neutral (tan, black or grey) to break up the sugary sweet colors.
Dress: H&M (recent); Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg (similar here); Belt: H&M; Gold & Ivory Brocade Wallet as Clutch: Old Navy (old, similar here); Bracelets: J. Crew, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Stella & Dot, Unknown; Watch: Michael Kors; Necklace: Stella & Dot (old, similar here)
Thunderstorms are inevitable in May; however, with our 90 degree temps, any type of rain coat or trench just isn’t an option. Keeping rain boots at work and at home along with an umbrella in my bag are essential. Of course, the Georgia humidity one experiences after an afternoon thunderstorm leaves everything so dewey you might as well run straight through the rain. It’s going to be a loooooong summer, y’all.
Umbrella: Ralph Lauren (similar style here); Necklace: Stella & Dot; Dress: H&M (recent); Belt: Talbots (similar style here); Watch Face: Timex Weekender; Watch Band: Unknown; Bag: Gucci; Wellies: Hunter