Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Break to Hilton Head

Hello All!!
We are just back home from fall break week in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and I have a few things I'd like to share.  

This year we opted to not do our usual beach vacation in the summer, and wait to go on fall break.  This amazing house was magically available for the exact week we needed, and it was awesome....and a great deal, we worked through Beachside HHI and they were so fantastic!! 

It was my first time to Hilton Head Island.  I have been to the Beaufort and Charleston areas all my life, but never ventured down to see HHI.  It was such a beautiful place!  I love the Lowcountry of SC, and am proud to have now stayed on both sides of the Port Royal Sound.

I had lots of plans before vacation: "We'll ride our bikes all over the island and explore every part we can! We'll drive to Savannah one day, then to Beaufort to see my favorite gals at Lulu Burgess Beaufort" (I feel like Nan and Nell are my best friends, because I watch their Filmtastic Friday video every week!!).

But this is basically what my vacation consisted of and I'm not sorry for one single second:

That's right, we ventured out a handful of times for dinner and some shopping excursions 
(there are tons of great places to eat, shop and explore), 
but I can say that we spent the bulk of our time right there on the beach!  

It was so wonderful and I am so grateful for the time with my crew and an opportunity to enjoy the fine beaches of Hilton Head Island! 

Now we are getting into the swing of Fall,
 trying to prepare for the time avalanche that 
mercilessly propels us to January 1st. 

Skeletons, Pumpkins, Turkeys and Christmas Lights ahead.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mandy's Weekend Fall Fashion Finds

HI, friends!!

It has been the hottest September in Tennessee!!
I have not bought a thing for fall, nothing!!
It's just too hot!
Everywhere I look there's plaid,
there's flannel,
there's the never ending cult worship of pumpkin spice....
I can't.
Just the thought of putting on a sweater sends a trickle of sweat rolling down my back!

Despite the fact that it was a record breaking 96 degrees here on Thursday, the forecast says fall weather is going to hit middle TN this week and I think it's finally safe to talk about fall clothing without the danger of having a heat stroke!

I think I have mentioned Trunk Club on the blog before.
It's similar to Stitch Fix, you pay a $25 stylist fee but that goes toward whatever you keep from the box. I've been using them for most of the year & I have been tickled to death with this service!!

Because this is likely my last trunk for the year (because Christmas shopping, blah), this month I decided to try something new with them and make some specific requests. They are a NORDSTROM company, so I picked out a few things on the website that I wanted to try and guess what, (!!!) my trunk keeper has them packed up for me and they are scheduled to ship out this week!

Here are the things I requested in my trunk, I'm pretty jazzed to get a chance to try them out like this with no obligation to buy! 
Free Shipping & Free Returns with Nordstrom, always!

By the way, NONE one of these links are affiliate, but I am including a link to get referral credit for Trunk Club (not ashamed) in case you might want to try it out...😉
If you're interested in trying out TRUNK CLUB, click right here!
I have LOVED IT & I think you will too!!

So, grab some coffee & your wallet...
Here's what I requested in my trunk this month:

Sanctuary V-Neck Printed Blouse

I love this beautiful print!
I love that it is short sleeved and I can wear it right now & then later with a jacket!

Last year I bought a gorgeous blue velvet Sanctuary blouse at a local boutique and I have been watching this brand for more blue pieces since then, because that thing is the most beautiful color of blue that I've ever seen!
I'm pretty excited about this top, I know it's going to be gorgeous in person!

HOWEVER, I noticed that the XL is the only size available at Nordstrom.
(I requested a medium)
You can also find Sanctuary at Dillard's, the Belk & Zappos, as well as locally at the Beauty Boutique.

Vince Camuto Fray Hem Denim Skirt

I LOVE to wear skirts, especially in the fall when it's still trying to be summer most days!
This skirt runs big, size down it says.

I also like this version from Sanctuary, it's longer & would look fab with boots...

Halogen Calf Hair Leopard Belt

I have a leopard print belt that I've been wearing for about 7 years!

I have worn that poor belt out!!
I don't mind spending the money on this one if it works for me, because I know I will wear it with everything that I own just like my other one!

I have been wanting to try this particular one & decided on the the 1" belt. They also have a more narrow belt (if you look on the right side of that listing it's up in the far corner under "people also viewed").

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan in Grey

This summer I bought my first ever Barefoot Dreams cardigan at a local boutique on their clearance rack (because the clearance rack is my haunt). I have been dreaming of cooler weather ever since that day, it is DIVINE!!!

If you're local, stop by and visit Ramona & Co in MJ. They are under new owners and have a TON of awesome new brands in stock (Barefoot Dreams, Fashionable, Scout, Kendra Scott, Spanx...)

Halogen Large Textured Teardrop Earrings...

I had a pair of these that I found at a local boutique a few years ago, I LOVED THEM!
They were my GO TO earrings!!
Sadly, one day I went to put them on and noticed that one of them was broken...children are the bane of my existence, I swear!

I've been hunting for a replacement pair for almost a year!!
I'm pretty excited about these!

Gibson V-Neck Striped Top

I love a black & white striped top!!
They are so cute with jeans or leggings or a denim jacket...
I've not tried this brand before, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

I also had my eye on this one by Lou & Grey.
They have it at Nordstrom AND they have a V-Neck version for 40% at LOFT right now if you use the code NEWNOW (the reviews say size down).

Speaking of...
YESTERDAY, Olivia & I ran in the Loft store while we were out running errands and I snagged this short sleeve version off the clearance rack (my haunt) for $17 (I got the medium, but I might could have worn the ran big).
Use the code NEWNOW to get the additional 40% off on this top.

I also bought these fabulous, THICK leggings in black.
I needed new leggings BADLY!
The ones I have are Cabi & they have been the BEST pants, but I bought them when OWEN WAS IN THE 7TH GRADE...the elastic in the waist has started give a bit & they fall down, but otherwise those pants are still perfect after almost 8 years of wear!
The Cabi quality is worth every penny!!

These Ponte Leggings at LOFT are $49 but were 40% off, so I got them for $29.70.
I think they're going to be great!

I'm pretty excited about trying this brand.
Have you tried them?
I need some new jeans and this price is pretty good. I hope they work!

AND LASTLY in this month's Trunk Club Trunk....

JCrew Everyday Chambray Shirt

I don't know about you, but I need this shirt in my life (despite the fact that I already own two others very similar to it...I care not).
Ha! Give me ALL the denim tops!!!

So, that's my trunk!
What about you girls?
Have you found any fun fall pieces?
Mine are absolutely safe & boring...that's how I roll, sisters!

Share a link with your fall fashion finds over on our Facebook link,

I'm glad you stopped by to visit!
I've got to hop up here and get into the cleaning mode.
I think I accidentally gave Olivia permission for the junior class to build the homecoming float in our garage & that is the most epic disaster of a mess there ever was!

I've got to get busy, it's going to take me all week to get that mess cleaned out!
(But all southern mamas know it takes scheduling an event to get that kind of stuff done, ha!)
Wish me luck!

Have a great Sunday!!


Friday, September 14, 2018

Fashion Friday - Cabi Fall '18 Line (AKA: My Cabi Obsession)

Hola Folks!  Recently, my mother-in-law and I co-hosted an evening viewing of the Cabi Fall '18 Line, and it was awesome!  It took me a minute to get in the mood for the fall colors, but I got over it really quick.  The Cabi sweater game is strong this season.

SO, I'm sharing my favorites! Remember, hosting Cabi shows allows you to earn half off items, and other incentives your Stylist might have in place.  I made my decisions based on the Cabi Tap app, and staples I need in my closet (I recently did a major purge).

Side note, Cabi now has an app called Cabi Tap.  One of the most amazing features on this app is that you have the capability to match up new release items to things already in your closet.  In essence this helps give a longer life to items you already have, and keeps me reined in when I am looking at new items.

Performance Dress: SO comfy and has a great fabric and fit.

Legend Blouse: goes with a wide variety of items I already have in the closet!


Align Tank: Love this length in the front and flattering vertical stripes on the back

Smolder High Straight Jeans: Super soft, stretchy, good color!

Zip-Back Legging: Soft, stretch fabric, seam down the back with zipper in back.  Dress them up or down!

Cupid's Cardi: I had to have it as soon as I saw it! Goes with so many things, so comfy and so cute!


Heritage Pearl Earrings: Light and Dark Pearls, Reversible - they go with literally everything!!

I also LOVE these.....

Deep-V Pullover 
Ring Belt

Turtle Tee
Reveal Tee
Cloak Cardigan
Serenity Tee

Call your Cabi stylist to get a peek of the collection in person!!  


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