What Does a Farmhouse a Smell Like?

 

Back Porch, Farmhouse, Southern Charm, Burlap and Barnwood, Pecan Pie, Sweet Tea, Front Porch, Vine Ripe Tomato – these are names of candle scents! Every last one of those puts me in a happy place.  And, they are gorgeous.  I really love candles and this time of year I light them all.  The last question my husband asks me each night is “how many candles did you light?”  He counts them as blows them out to make sure we got them all.  I just love the glow, the smell and the season.  Yesterday a sweet friend gave me my first Park Hills Candle in Farmhouse.  I mean…. where have I been???  This candle is beautiful and smells great.  I just love it.  This will not be my last Park Hills, for sure.  I have to try ALL the other scents that are so creatively named.  I’ve pulled together a shopping list for you below, too.  Click any picture to shop.  These are awesome gift ideas.  I know I loved receiving one as a gift.  This gift will keep on giving for 150 hours!

Zip into Fall with these Tanks

Just added to SMIJ by Jill website

OK, just saw the forecast for the weekend and it’s looking like tank weather still. Grab a SMIJ tank, put it on over jeans and enjoy the balmy Fall. Cold weather is sure to be coming soon… Until then we’ve got you. Click a picture to shop.

Can’t Miss at Madewell

I can’t tell you how many times I walked past Madewell in Lenox Mall and never thought about going in. I shop surgically. 🙂 I usually have little time and I know my favorite places so I usually hit my top shops – Anthropologie, Nordstrom, etc and there’s not a lot of browsing around. When Madewell opened a location closer to me, I got interested and popped in. Now, it’s become a go-to shop for casual dresses. For example, this great short sleeve denim pullover. Loved wearing this over the weekend. It’s a great transition-to-Fall dress because you can add layers of boots as the weather changes. It’s a great color and the fit is perfection. It’s got pleats in just the right places to make it flattering AND comfortable – a balance that I love.

So… With all that being said, I don’t think this exact dress is still available. But, never fear because I’ve also learned this: There is ALWAYS more than one great denim dress at Madewell!

As a matter of fact, I’ve linked to 20 below.  Scroll down and shop the list I’ve put together.  Fun!

 

First 4 Fall Trends I’ll be Trying

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I am starting to get into the latest Fall trends and I thought it might be fun to start shopping a few. More and more styles keep showing up as we work our way through September to cooler days ahead. Let’s do this!
The first four trends that have my attention are:(1) Velvet – This fabric is showing up everywhere – again. If you’re in my age group, you may remember this from last time. I still remember a pinkish velvet pullover I got for Christmas one year. Next up (2) Sneakers. Loving the platform sneakers I’m seeing. They look cute with jeans to dresses and I’m all in!  Then, (3) Bow Neck Blouses. So classy and cute with jeans or skirts. Try them with raw hem jeans and sneakers like I plan to do.And, of course, the (4) jeans are the best for last. Loving all the frayed, raw edge, uneven and dropped hems. I’ve linked to lots from these four trends below. Shop til you drop!

It’s All About the Hem this Fall

I’m a jeans lover! Suburban Mom in Jeans, after all. This year’s crop (pun intended) of jeans has me all fired up. They are frayed, dropped, cropped, uneven… I’m loving all the options and I’ve rounded up a bunch to get us started. Shop my picks here and below! 


Arrowhead Jackpot & New Kendra Scott Color

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. 

I Was Winning Until the Shoes

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. 

Carried Away, but Smell Great

I can admit it… I am totally obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soaps and Room Fresheners.  I love my house, but since it holds two kids, a very large, old, shedding Lab and I’m always cooking with garlic I’m afraid that I could be “noseblind”.  Not to mention, my old outdoor cat who seems to have stopped supplementing his diet with regular hunts, has recently been enjoying a diet of canned cat food which really STINKS even though I put the cans in plastic bags in the outside trash.  He’s happy in his old age, but WOW… the smell…  I’ve even asked some visitors lately if my house smells bad and begged them to be honest. I think they were, but I’m not taking any chances.  And, what a good excuse to try all the Mrs. Meyer’s Scents – and they make cute addtions to my home decor, too.  I’m currently loving Honeysuckle for downstairs.

{Click on the pictures below for details on scents and where to buy or order on-line using links.}

Dinner Party Wardrobe Changes

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Ok, maybe changing for every course could be a bit obnoxious, but… I’ve got the answer.  Aprons are the answer!  I love my Anthropologie apron.  It’s actually very useful to keep my clothes from getting stained during meal prep AND it’s so cute, it’s like an outfit by itself.  So, grab an apron and you can actually wear a second outfit for dinner parties.  Hee Hee!  OK, still obnoxious, but at least, justifiable.  Click on any picture below to shop the apron.

Favorite Summer Mani/Pedi Colors

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I have two go-to summer colors for manis and pedis. I had forgotten about them until I was getting ready for the beach. Here they are: Manicures – Topless & Barefoot and Pedicures – Private Weekend.  Both look great with all your Summer OOTDs and with a tan. Happy Summer!