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Is it really mid-September already?! I haven’t even had time to decorate yet! As I’m writing this, I have my pumpkin spice candle burning and a box of fall decorations on the floor calling my name. I’m so busy every day that I barely have time to eat let alone decorate. Today however, I’m going to let that box sit there for awhile longer and share this really cute long-sleeve tee with you that has a great purpose behind it!
Prep Obsessed (an online boutique and store in Florida) started stocking these “Pray for Texas” tees right after Hurricane Harvey demolished the Houston area and I decided to get one! They’re still on sale (link here) for $19.99 and half the proceeds go to the American Red Cross. The back of the tee says “One Nation Under God. Pray for Texas.” The front of the tee has the Simply Southern logo too. These tees are so comfy and adorable, I definitely recommend them!
Reputable Charities to Donate to
A lot of people are donating to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, which is great. It says a lot about the heart of the American people in my opinion. However, I’ve read conflicting things about the Red Cross and where donations actually end up. So in addition to the proceeds that go to the Red Cross from my Simply Southern tee, I have a few other charities that are worthy of donation. I’ve done a bit of research and come up with my own list of charities to donate to in both Texas and Florida. Feel free to leave a comment with any of your favorites as well!
- Samaritan’s Purse (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Convoy of Hope(4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Habitat for Horses (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Texas Wildlife Rescue Center (they have a need for donations since Hurricane Harvey!)
- Friends For Life (also in need of donations since Harvey)
- Matthew 25: Ministries (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
Of course there are many other great charities to donate to in both Florida and Texas but these are the ones that I could verify. Always do your research before donating because there are a lot of scams out there unfortunately. The charities I always tend to donate to are local charities such as animal shelters or homeless shelters that don’t tend to have a large overhead budget. Having interned for multiple nonprofits in college, I know what’s wasteful spending and what isn’t.
If you live in any of the affected areas, leave me a comment so I can at least comment on your blog or Instagram and follow you!
Oh my goodness y’all! I had such an amazing time visiting my family over the last few days. I’m a native Marylander living in Dallas trying to survive the heat and cowboy boots, so a weekend home is always appreciated! The air was so crisp and waking up to a fresh pot of good ol’ Folgers with a light breeze blowing through the house was nothing short of perfect. With a hint of fall in the air, I broke out my favorite Marley Lilly fall long sleeve tee!
Seriously, I loved this monogrammed t-shirt so much that I bought my mom one too! The back of the shirt says “Every year I fall for pumpkins, bonfires, s’mores, autumn leaves, apples, & monograms.” How cute is that?! I completely admit that I’m a basic girl, so this tee was made for me! Plus that monogram on the front is a complete home run!
My best friend Jessica and I went with my mom and sister to a local beach in my hometown for an afternoon and I made my sister take pictures of my tee on the beach! There’s something so preppy about wearing monograms and long sleeves on the coast, you know what I mean? We sat in beach chairs while chatting and listening to the waves wash on the shore. That’s something I never really knew how I much I loved until I moved away. It really is the most peaceful sound in the world.
Anyway, if you haven’t gotten this shirt yet- you need it! They put this cute tee on sale quite often too so be on the look out for that! I’m always featuring Marley Lilly products in my posts so I’ll be sure to link to my favorites! For more preppy essentials, check out this post from a few weeks ago!
Happy Monday loves! I can’t believe how fast the temperatures are dropping this year! Even in Dallas! I’ve been visiting my parents over the weekend in Maryland and the morning chill was just lovely- felt like a crisp fall morning! The kitty cats just lay on the porch all day enjoying the light breeze and taking naps!
My Diet and Workout Plan
So I wanted to chat bit about exercise and how I’m trying to get fit (again) and eat healthier. I usually don’t have time to get in the car and run to a gym to meet with a trainer, especially in Dallas traffic. I started looking for an alternative that would still give me the value I was looking for with the convenience of being able to work out at my apartment’s gym. That’s when I was introduced to Courtney Bentley Fitness!
Courtney is a certified personal trainer in Las Vegas but she has an amazing club called the Fit and Fabulous Club! She sends personalized workouts to your phone as well as a diet plan to keep you on track- all for $15 a month! Other perks include:
- Yummy recipes
- Facebook encouragement group
- App to track your workouts and store measurements and photos of progress
- Exercise videos so you can be sure you’re doing an exercise properly
She also has a great podcast and blogs regularly about all things fitness. I think the best part of the club is how available she is to answer questions and encourage you! I highly recommend that you check out her program if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a gym membership!
My Go-To Athletic Style
Of course I can’t write a blog post without talking about style. So I’m wearing these super cute new Nikes! Let’s be real here, I got the shoes to motivate me to work out and so far it’s working! Normally, I don’t splurge on athletic shoes, boat shoes and boots usually get the bulk of my money- but I’ve seen a number of other bloggers wearing them and obviously I had to have some too! I love that they go with so much and that they’re light weight. You gotta look good hitting the gym! And better yet, they’re on sale right now! Here’s the link!
I also went to Old Navy and picked up a few of these super cute Go-Dry Mesh tanks (link). I absolutely love these tanks! SO comfy and not too tight that you can’t do a sit up without wanting to hide your belly fat. These go on sale frequently and I definitely recommend grabbing several when they do! I’m always pleasantly surprised with how cute Old Navy’s athletic section is!
Be sure to check out Courtney’s website as well as Nike’s shoe sale! Leave me a comment with your best fitness tip!
*some links may be affiliate, which helps me keep my blog running!
Photo Credit: Luisas’s Secret Photography
Hello loves! I’m just going to launch right into this post because last weekend it was a hot topic in preppy southern circles and it will be again as people start receiving their orders- the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!! Holy guacamole. That was a crazy sale! I went to North Park Mall here in Dallas to shop the sale the day before it started in stores and it was chaos!
I always shop with the goal of only buying what I need (although my boyfriend will debate that statement) and never spending lots of money on things that I want. I went into the sale and there were tons of adorable dresses and tops but I came out with only two items- the top I’m wearing in these photos and the same one for my mom. In total, I spent $54 at the Lilly Pulitzer APS. Unheard of isn’t it?
One of the shoppers in line in front of me spent over $500 on the sale, and apparently that’s nothing compared to others! I love Lilly Pulitzer to death but at a certain point, I have to put a limit to how much I spend on the things I love… and I guess that limit this time around was $54!
What Lilly Pulitzer Could Change About the Sale
I went online to the sale about 7 hours after it started and the virtual line had over 100,000 people in it. I noped out of there so fast. Looking at the comments on Lilly’s Facebook page, I’m assuming everyone else was just as put off my that craziness. So here’s 3 things I wish they’d change about the sale
- Anything you put in your online shopping cart will be reserved for at lest 10 minutes.
- Let customers know about the sale a week or more before (that way we can put some money aside ahead of time.)
- Have a normal sale section on the website year round. It doesn’t need to be as steeply discounted as the After Party Sale, but just something that would allow customers to indulge themselves more than twice a year!
Please share your experience shopping the sale with me! I’d love to hear about what you got too! I always love seeing the bargains other people find! I linked everything I’m wearing above, comment with any questions!
Photo Credits: Luisa’s Secret Photography
It’s Monday-funday! Said no one ever. I’m trying to give myself some energy every Monday by indulging in a good latte or posting a blog post full of pretty pictures, which I’m doing today! My wonderful photographer and I got these photos done a few weeks ago and I’m just now sharing them with you!
It’s one thing, however, to take great photos and another to actually do something with them. So today I wanted to chat about one of my favorite wardrobe classics- the button up- and how to style them when they won’t stay buttoned!
Keep it Together- Button Ups That Won’t Button
If you were “blessed” with a larger chest, then you know how difficult it can be to find and wear a button up shirt without the annoying fabric gaps or buttons that fly off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen in love with a cute button up and tried it on only to realize that it won’t button without a gap somewhere. So annoying! I love classic Ralph Lauren buttons ups but I can’t wear them!
Instead of avoiding these tops altogether, I’ve learned to style them in different ways so I can still wear them! One of my favorite ways to wear this chambray shirt is just open with a white tank underneath! The key to wearing a button up open is making sure that you can easily tuck in a tank to your shorts or jeans. Since an unbuttoned button up is a loose fit, you need to balance it with something tighter underneath to keep it flattering.
I also took a tip I learned from a J. Crew stylist and applied it to this look- roll your sleeves up and leave the cuff exposed for a chic look. Isn’t it cute?
Another great way to wear button ups is by buttoning the bottom buttons and doing a big statement necklace on top to really pull the look together. The necklace will draw the eye up from the unbuttoned buttons and put the focus closer to your face.
Probably my all-time favorite way to wear a button up though is wearing it underneath a sweater. It’s so classic preppy and the best part is, you can leave the top buttons unbuttoned because the sweater covers it up! Winning!
Don’t ever feel like having a bigger chest should keep you from wearing the things you love. Sometimes you just have to figure out how to modify the style so it works for your body type. Nothing looks good on everyone! That’s why styling options are so important.
Ok, so outfit details! My chambray shirt is old but I’d recommend investing in this shirt! My shorts are on sale for… wait for it… $6.99!! Here’s the link! They have multiple colors and patterns so check them out! My sandals are Jack Rogers (link). Finally, the monogrammed clutch I get asked about so often is from Marley Lilly, however they don’t make it anymore! But here’s a cute alternative you’ll love (link)!
Happy Monday loves! Another weekend come and gone. They just go by so quickly, actually the whole summer has gone by quickly! This week David is going to be out of town at a bachelor party for one of his besties in Las Vegas. So it’s going to be me, the cat, the dog, and Netflix for a few days. I’m perfectly fine with that.
I get bored easily though so I’m doing a fun girl’s night out with one of my friends here in Dallas! No GNO is complete without a great outfit though. I picked up this pretty dress last weekend and I seriously love it, plus it’s on sale (here!) I have tons of little black dresses and great date night dresses but this tropical print just tops them all! I’m linking the rest of my outfit details below!
Dallas Girl’s Night Out Spots
I think GNO spots are way different than where you’d go on a date or with a mixed group of friends. I prioritize pretty drinks, Instagrammable aesthetic, and good music when I’m choosing a location. A few of my favorite Dallas spots are:
- Happiest Hour
- The Rustic
- Nickel & Rye
- Pie Tap Pizza Workshop
- HG Supply Co.
- SODA Bar
I’m always looking for a new place to try out so if you have suggestions, let me know! Bonus points if your selection has a killer cheese plate! I could seriously make every meal I eat a cheese plate. And I’d never get tired of it. They’re just so good! Also, my dress comes in black as well so be sure to check it out! Have a lovely week guys!
Photo creds: Luisa’s Secret Photography