Anyone headed to the U.S. Open in a few weeks? This trip remains on my Bucket List, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start outfit planning for it. Since it’s still pretty hot in NYC in early September, this irresistible outfit would be great for the freezing cold plane ride there. New York-bound in a cute “New York” sweatshirt in a great summer navy is the perfect travel outfit. Not only is the outfit cute and chic, but it is super comfy. The sweatshirt is cozy, but not too heavy and the jeans are stretchy and soft without losing their fit. Toss on some wedges that you can slip out of in-flight and you’ll look New York Chic to start your trip. Shop the pieces below.
It’s a new Kendra Scott season! When I moved to North Georgia from Florida it was really all about the boots and sweaters. I just love Fall fashion. And, it’s looking like Kendra Scott is adding some great colors to go with all those Fall outfits. I’m wearing a new ring and necklace in Red Jasper. Here are the earrings, too. Click on here for my Shop Instagram page to see my latest faves for Fall.
Well…not what I wore! We started the day getting decorating ideas from the Cashiers Showhouse (last weekend coming up!) so I was more dressed for that. While in Cashiers we decided grab some NC BBQ and hit a “swimming hole” complete with a natural water slide. We got there later in the day, after asking twice for directions, and I never did change into my bathing suit. I was too busy taking pictures and yelling safety rules. Ha! It was so fun and I could barely drag the kids away. There were enough people there to make it fun and festive, but not so many to make it crowded. Everyone was giving advice on where to slide. One dad even did a run so my kids could see his exact best route down the rock. Grant found a slide into a hole in the waterfall. Yes, he disappeared into a waterfall, under water in the middle of a rock. We’d seen a few people doing this so I was reasonably sure he’d pop back up, but I didn’t breathe until he did. I could just see us making the news in a tragic story that left people saying “Well, what mother lets her child disappear into a hole of rushing water in the middle of a mountain?!”. Anyway, thank you God for that cool experience and a happy ending. Here is a link to the rock slide, but plan to ask for directions when you get close. Google Maps led us down the wrong path. And, I do mean “path”. Our car barely fit.
(Here is a link to a bigger slide. We did not visit this one, but plan to maybe next year. Didn’t think this one sounded too kid or over-protective mom friendly.)
One way that I transition a summer dress into Fall is by adding some edgy, heavier pieces. Here I took my favorite summer dress and added some gunmetal, all black accessories, oversize, black sunnies and, of course, some snakeskin. And, to give it a bit more Fall vibe, my new Bond lipcolor. I was cool as a cucumber all day, but looked a little less summery. Have I mentioned how much I love this dress?!?!
I had a minor panic attack when I realized that at this time next year my baby would be in kindergarten and definitely choosing her own clothes. I look at what the girls are wearing at our elementary school and it’s not little dresses and bows. More jeans and Uggs! While I’m a huge fan of the Jeans & Uggs Program, I realized I only had this short little year of preschool to impose my choices on her. Most days I do let her choose her “outfits”. They always include multiple shades of pink from head-to-toe and, while they rarely “go together”, they are very cute little glimpses into her sparkly personality.
Then there are the days I do, admittedly, make her wear what I want her to wear. It usually involves some bribery, but it’s worth it. On this day I won the battle from the ankles up. From there down, she won. I do NOT think pink animal print sneakers go with this cute Hanna Andersson dress, but I have to admit I make similar choices (see my snakeskin Tory Burch sandals in about every other post!).
These Hanna Andersson poplin tunic dresses are great transitional dresses to start school. They come in a few colors and have fun leggings that go with them for a polished back-to-school look until they switch to jeans and never look back.
The other day I shared that I scooped up a few Fall lip colors. Well, not so much “scooped up” as much as found, tested, tried two different stores and ultimately ordered straight from Bobbi Brown. See the trouble I go through! Happy to do it!
Finally in my possession, we took them on a test run in Atlanta yesterday and…they are keepers. It’s the end of summer and like the end of every summer, I need every beauty treatment available from hair color, to threading to mani/pedi, the list goes on. Still, I soldiered on to try out my new lips and share the experience.
First up, Bobbi Brown’s Bond. It’s a little bit of oxblood, but not quite as deep. Kind of a neutral, wear-everyday oxblood. Great color for Fall and loved it with minimal other make-up for a quick pick-up. It’s amazing the power of lipstick!
Then, I tried Uber Beige. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect nude and this gets pretty close. I love trying nudes with different lip pencils to give them some depth or different shades. I’m loving the Uber Beige and will experiment with the pencils, too.
And lastly, Bahama Brown (below). A little bit of a pinky brown which is usually good for everyday. I love one I don’t have to think about and this will be mine this year.
StyleWatch’s September issue has a great chart of nudes to choose from, too. Love that nudes are in for Fall.
My first “next season” purchase every season is always lipstick. It’s a great way to wear the upcoming season’s colors even though the weather isn’t quite there yet. Yesterday I had some fun at the Bobbi Brown counter. Click on each picture to shop my color choices. Great pinks and plums with a Fall hue were my early season picks this year.
So, this is cool. In their words, “Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience.” “Unique” and so very cool. This very loft-like space houses all kinds of creative, unique things from fashion to art to children’s items. I love seeing people’s creativity – think the cream of the Etsy crop in a brick & mortar shopping experience. I could’ve stayed for hours, but shopping with a hungry 4 year old doesn’t allow for such craziness. I’ll be back soon with Dancing Goats coffee in hand and kid-free, though. Who knows… maybe SMIJ by Jill Cover-Ups will earn a vendor space there someday. Dreams…