Friday, November 21, 2014

cronut

{ What I Wore to coffee: Le Tote dress // hat ℅ Surfdome (sold out, almost identical option) // Freebird boots ℅ Zappos // purse ℅ Gigi New York }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photography
Giving thanks for the upcoming weekend, long coffees with friends, & cronuts!

I recently discovered this delectable treat in Nashville & must agree, it is worth the hype! (in fact, I had one of each flavor… all in one sitting!)

Nashvillians, Lady Boy Donuts is now selling cronuts at Pinewood Social during weekend brunch. Follow Lady Boy Donuts on Instagram to find out when they drop off a fresh delivery (they go FAST!)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

yearly PSA

{ What I Wore: dress ℅ White Plum // J.Crew scarf (love this season's style) // H&M faux leather jacket (similar, under $100) }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photo
Apparently I am making this my yearly announcement (the last announcement came in January 2013) - Ladies, your maxi dresses/skirts work just as fabulously for Winter as they do for Summer. Layer up the jackets, scarfs, & hide an extra layer of tights underneath… the maxi truly is a year-round staple!

I could live in this dress (& have before) so my arm definitely does NOT have to be twisted to leave it hanging in my closet even in cooler months (thank you polar plunge!)

What Summer look are you surprised to find works equally well during the Fall/Winter months?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: The Ceremony

I've got to say, the ceremony part of our wedding was the part I worried about most. Would people be entertained? Were we doing it right? Would all of the wedding party know what to do? Would our songs sound good? Would it be too long? Too short?

In the end, it was, like the rest of our glorious wedding day, just right. My childhood pastor came into town to wed us. My talented friends played music (I cried). My sweet sister read a beloved poem (I cried). My father walked me down the aisle (We both cried). Our friends and family literally surrounded us (They cried). I got to hold hands with my best friend the entire time (He cried). And everyone cried tears of joy the entire time.

Scroll down to read my Do's and Dont's for your wedding ceremony:
Do:
Include your family traditions. This is personally my favorite part of weddings!

Expect that if you have littles, dogs, animals of any kind included in your plans, things are not going to go smoothly. We had a reluctant ring-bearer situation, & luckily his older brother stepped at the last minute to help. No harm, no foul, the pictures turned out cute!

Invite friends & family to share their talents. My sister read a poem, and two of our friends played music. We totally cried.

Build in time after the ceremony for signing your marriage license. You know, making it legal & stuff (bonus points if your bridal party brings you celebratory beers while you sign!)

Do not:
Stress about the time. Want a quick 15 minute service? Do it. Looking to enthrall your audience for 2 hours with a lyrical dance that recreates your love story? By all means. Everyone in attendance is there to see you, celebrate you, & party with you. Most likely you are providing them with an all inclusive party afterwards, so leave the stress behind, & you do you.

Rush. Yes, all eyes are on you. You are getting married silly! Take a deep breath & soak it in. I am so grateful that my father walked me down the aisle at a snail's pace. I got to make eye contact with all our guests, & really soak it in. Even if it did mean seeing my friend in his banana yellow SHORTS and giving him the stink eye (thanks Shawn!)

Married friends - what are your wedding ceremony Do's and Dont's?
Those of you planning your wedding ceremony - what are your must haves?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gift Guide: Impeccable

I loved getting to kickstart my holiday shopping with The Impeccable Pig last week. The Nashville store is loaded with gifts for everyone on my list. Jewelry from statement making JMARIE pieces to dainty Doggeared products, you are sure to find one, or 5 pieces to please!

As soon as you walk in the store you will DIE for how yummy it smells. The Capri Blue candles are no joke (someone on my list is getting a "volcano" one this year).

And then there are the fabulous handbags (I have my eye on a reversible tote!), & basically your one stop shop for fun fashion tops/sweaters + Flying Monkey Jeans - the best fitting skinny jeans for $52.00! See below for my must have gifting ideas:
// {1A vest to keep your bestie warm // {2versatile canvas clutch for your sister // {3} Lily and Laura bracelets for your co-workers // {4} a puffer your mom will love // {5pretty scarf for your boss // {6} sequin romper (NYE anyone!?) // {7} feminine gold dress // {8} metallic floral dress, sweet enough for family parties, sassy enough for anything! // 

Shop all of their fabulous outerwear options (loving every vest!), fashionable bags & affordable scarves (all under $24)! Don't forget about all those holiday party dresses too - pick up one for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years & still have some money left in your pockets!

I am personally hoping that Santa brings me a handful of stackable dainty rings like these below! I might have been the crazy person trying on every single ring in the store last week!!
See all the delicious new arrivals being added daily by following along on with The Impeccable Pig on Instagram.

And look to see which of their locations is closest to you or order online/over the phone! 

Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet? What seems to be the hot item on everyone'e wish list this year?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bloggers Who Budget: Mad For Plaid

{ What I Wore: Le Tote sweater // H&M hat (similar, for under $20!) // scarf handmade by my sister, see other options below // Paige denim and Freebird boots ℅ Zappos }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photography

Super excited about our first Bloggers Who Budget link up post! If you are mad for plaid & have a look featuring a plaid item under $75 please link up below (all rules & guidelines, as well as a sweet button to share, at the bottom of today's post

This month's theme is particularly exciting, as I am OBSESSED with plaid. Ways I have worn plaid in the past: lady like with tulle (second favorite outfit ever!), with a midi-skirt, tied around the waist, tucked and belted, layered under another button down, with a floral skirt, as a skirt, knotted, under a fur vest, peeking out of a sweater, weekend casual paired with a utility vest… I'm starting to feel like the Bubba Gump of plaid. But seriously, this is one versatile pattern that needs to make its way into your closet. 

I have also been pinning plaid up a storm to inspire your Fall/Winter outfits, check out all the looks on my Fall Pinterest Board.


And, shop all my favorite plaid pieces for under $100 below!








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