Monday, September 30, 2013


Good Morning and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was great!  I spent mine with my parents.  I love getting in quality time with them...I don't feel like I see them as often as I would like.  
I wore this look to a tractor show in North Carolina two weekends ago.  My daddy is a John Deere guy and loves refurbishing tractors.  I thought I would go casual for the tractor show and this is what I came up with.  It was a little warm out towards the middle of the day and this tank was perfect for that.  The boots were still a must since there was dirt everywhere.  They kept my feet clean.  Do you ever go places where you want to look cute but have to be really casual at the same time?  If so, what do you wear? 
I wore these boots last fall here with a fur vest. 
You might have seen me wear this bag here. 
Tank: Older Similar
Jeans: LOFT Here
Boots: Candies Similar
Bag: Lauren Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx Similar
Bracelet: Premier Jewelry Similar
Necklace: Older Option Option
Earrings: Express Here
XOXO Jess 

Working a Summer Dress into Fall

As we close down the week, I thought I would show you how I took one of my summer maxi dresses and worked it for fall.  This was really an effortless you can take a jean jacket and throw over almost any dress that you wore for the summer.  It was perfect for me because it warms up during the day here, enough where you may need to take off some layers.  I paired the look with my favorite Michael Kors watch, a brown bag and some gold sandals and easy and comfortable transitional look.  How have you worked your summer dresses for fall?
You can see where I wore this dress on my cruise last year here. 
Dress: Charlotte Russe Similar
Jacket: Old Similar
Sandals: Vince Camuto Similar
Bag: Lauren Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx Similar
Watch: Michael Kors Similar
Earrings: Old Similar
XOXO Jess 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Fall!!  I am so excited for fall and it seems the cool weather came just in time.  Our days are still a little warm, but at least it is cool enough for layering.  

I wore this look to work recently and loved it.  This purple piece is actually a dress that I wore out to my bachelorette party a couple of years ago.  I decided to pair it with black skinny jeans and a gray cardigan.  It was short enough to wear with the jeans where it looked like a top.  Have you ever worn a dress as a top?  If so, how did you style it?
You might have seen me wear these booties here with black leather leggings.  
I also wore this cardigan here last fall.  

Cardigan: Express Similar
Dress: Old Similar
Jeans: Belk Similar
Booties: Gianni Bini Similar
Bag: Francesca's Collection Similar
Necklace: Random Clothier Here


Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!  I hope you all have a great week!  My weekend was great and to top things off, we are having nice, fall weather!  I am so excited! 

I wore this outfit recently when we had a cooler day, but I knew it was going to warm up outside.  It was too warm for leggings or pants, but it wasn't warm enough to not have something like a cardigan. 

You might have seen me wear these sandals here.

Dress: Express Older Similar
Cardigan: Older Similar
Sandals: BCBGeneration Similar
Necklace: Charlotte Russe Similar
Watch: Michael Kors Similar

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Good Morning!  I hope your week has had a great start!  

So remember how I stated last week that I couldn't wait for the weekend because it was supposed to cool off some here?  Well it did, but it didn't cool down quite as much as I would like.  The temps were still in the low 80s and low 60s, but I wanted it to get down into the 50s...because that's when it would have been just cool enough for my pumpkin coffee.  I still drank pumpkin coffee, but it tastes so much better in crisp air!  

Also, last week, I celebrated my second anniversary with my husband.  We went to our favorite restaurant, Rivertown Bistro, in Conway, SC.  The food is amazing and fresh...they change the menus to fit the seasons.  I wore this outfit to dinner that night.  I love the way this dress is fitted up top with a flared, fun skirt on the bottom.  I felt very feminine, which is exactly how I wanted to feel on our special night.  

You might have seen me wear this watch here.



Dress: Francesca's Similar Although I don't have the link, I did buy this one recently from the store, so you may be able to find it in a store near you.
Shoes: Older Similar
Watch: Michael Kors Similar
Bag: TJ Maxx Similar
Necklace: Forever 21 Here
Earrings: Here


Monday, September 16, 2013

Brunch Wear

On my last post, I showed you guys pictures from an intimate brunch that I had with some ladies in my family.  This is my outfit post for that brunch. 

The brunch was pink and gold themed, so I decided to wear this dress with the gold detail.  I love the fit-and-flair look of just makes me feel so feminine.  I paired this dress with my wedding shoes, which happen to be mixed with gold and silver.  I also recently bought this gold and pearl necklace, which I thought was perfect when paired with this dress.  This is one of my favorite looks that I have worn lately and I can't wait to wear this dress again.  

My mom and I posing for the camera!  We had so much fun.  

Dress: Random Here
Shoes: Gianni Bini Similar
Necklace: Express Here
Ring: Express Here


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pink and Gold Brunch

A few weekends ago, I held a small brunch at my house for a few in my immediate family.  It was so cute and I had the best time preparing for it.  I love entertaining and I think the presentation is half the fun!  

The tablecloth is actually a paper tablecloth that I got from JCP.  They have this really neat Martha Stewart entertaining section.  I liked the paper tablecloth because it was inexpensive like a plastic one, but it looked more formal.  The cupcakes that you see below came from the same section.  Everything else was already in my home...the place settings, glassware, napkin holders, etc.  

The napkin rings (or squares) came from Home Goods.  Initially, I was skeptical of mixing gold with silver, but I got over it when I put it together and saw that it still looked great.  

Here are yogurt parfaits.  I washed blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries and put them in the bottom of these small stemless glasses that I got for our wedding.  I added a little vanilla yogurt and topped with organic granola. 
I loved the cupcake holders set from the Martha Stewart Collection at JCP.  From the moment I saw them, I knew these gold bows would be the perfect addition to our brunch.  
These gold place mats also came from Home Goods.  I really love how you can get really nice things from there at affordable prices.  This place setting and most of the stemware was given to us for our wedding.  My husband and I decided to not register for China and instead register for something that would be nice for entertaining, but still able to be used at any time.  

I only did one fork since we didn't have salad.  I customized the settings based on what we were eating and drinking.  
In the kitchen, I set up a grits bar.  I made grits and put in this white server.  Instead of using bowls for the toppings, I put them in glasses that we have had for years.  Toppings for the grits included tomatoes, sausage, gravy, cheese, and bacon.

These were made-from-scratch strawberry cupcakes.  I have been on a made-from-scratch kick lately.  If I'm going to eat bad, then at least it is made from scratch so there are less preservatives.  The cupcakes were good, but I would probably make a different type of icing next time.  This icing was buttercream and not my favorite.  My mom loved them though. 
I also made homemade muffins to go with fig preserves that I made a few weeks back.  These muffins were very easy to make.  I am really excited about these fig preserves.  My father-in-law has a fig tree and this year I decided to do something with all of these free figs that I was getting.  I looked up recipes on pinterest and found an easy one.  I didn't want there to be too many ingredients because I wanted it to be as healthy as possible...well as healthy as it can be with sugar in it.  I am loving the fig preserves and am so excited that i have several jars left.  
I served champagne with blood orange sorbet, which was delicious.  For those that did not drink alcohol, I served the blood orange sorbet with sprite.  The alcohol-free version got rave reviews as well.  
Below is the outfit that I wore for brunch.  I bought this dress at Random and thought it would go perfectly with my pink and gold theme.  I will include more outfit details on my next post.

Everyone looked so pretty!
My mom and my aunt having so much fun!
I love my mom so much!  This day was amazing and I was so happy to spend it with my family.

I hope you enjoyed this post, even though it wasn't completely fashion related.  Just thought I would share a fabulous time with some fabulous people!