Monday, October 15, 2018

holiday party dresses.

I was talking with one of my coworkers the other day and we realized we have two cocktail-attire parties coming up before the end of the year. Most of my fancier dresses are for spring & summer, and one of my existing cocktail dresses is actually probably a little too fancy, so I decided it was time to look around a bit. Here are some really pretty options I found:






I ended up buying the Black Mesh Swiss Dot Long Sleeve Dress from Unique Vintage and the one below from ThredUP:

Now fingers crossed at least one of them works!
What are your favorite party dresses?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

five photo friday: Grandfather Mountain

A few weeks ago we went to Boone, North Carolina, for a long weekend, and took a trip to Grandfather Mountain, which had an amazing view.

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Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

colorful crystals.

This was another recent thrift gem.

Photos by my husband.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: Milly for Kohl's, thrifted
Purse: Amazon, gift
Flats: H&M
Necklace: Etsy

A few weekends ago I went to visit my cousin who lives near Staunton and we went to this little consignment store that had a really good selection. I got so excited when I found this dress—Milly for $14?! As I did more research, I realized it was Milly for Design Nation for Kohl's, so it wasn't a huge steal, and turns out this dress has made the fashion blogger rounds, but I still like it. It's hard to find good fit & flare, short sleeve dresses that are an appropriate length.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Customized Invites with Basic Invite

With a slew of holidays coming up, it's time to think about party invitations and holiday cards. Basic Invite has a ton of customizable stationary options for every occasion, and was nice enough to send me some samples to give you all some ideas!


Basic Invite is one of the few websites that gives customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation or card so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. I've been looking for new thank you card options, and took advantage of their custom samples to get some ideas.





Basic Invite has a ton of predesigned invitations that you can customize to your heart's content—not just paper weight, but the color of the paper, the typefaces, the back pattern, and the envelopes.

Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.


Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. 


They also have some really cute holiday cards!




Basic Invite has a ton of card and invitation design options, and right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30. If you need cards or invitations for the holidays, I would highly recommend them. 

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post! 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

flowers & stripes.

I'm starting to accept the fact that I may go a number of weeks without posting—it's just kind of how things are right now with all the real life stuff.

Photos by my husband.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: Anthropologie, thrifted
Sweater: Old Navy
Boots: Amazon
Necklace: antique

When I originally found this dress at Goodwill I wasn't totally sold on it, but thought it was unique enough, the fit was good, and the price was right ($8). Turns out, it's an Anthropologie brand and retailed for almost $80! Score.

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