Friday, September 28, 2012

Bring it.

It's official.
We are moving, and in 3 weeks we'll be in our new home.
Now, I just need to get motivated to pack… joy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

casual fall looks

With so many versatile pieces to style this Fall, how will I ever decide what to wear from day to day? What is your favorite "go to" look for this season? Feel free to mix it up a little!

Be sure to check out my Fall favorites over at LowLife Couture

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Next Up: Bird & Branch Redesign

Today, Jessamie from Bird and Branch Redesign is here to share what's next on her list. What's different about our relationship is that her in-laws are my god parents. Crazy that we found each other in the blogosphere, huh. I love this blog buddy of mine, and I adore her family! And I'll go ahead and say "yes" and "amen" to all of the below...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hudson's Fire Truck Birthday Party

We celebrated Hudson's 4th birthday over the weekend with a party at a local fire station. It was such a hit. I think it turned out so cute… Enjoy!

While driving through the North Carolina mountains last month, I happened upon the small town of Hudson. Knowing that Hudson's party would be fire truck themed, I just had to stop at their station to take a few pictures of my boy in front of the Hudson fire station. The guys at the station were so nice. They gave me the Hudson balloons, Hudson badges and Hudson pencils. I couldn't have ordered anything more perfect.

We served FIREhouse subs and WATERmelon… cute, right?

The fire station gives these hats out to children, so I picked up a few in advance and added the personalized badges to the front. The hats can also be found right now at the Dollar Tree.

This motorized truck was a big hit… every kid got to drive a "fire truck."

At one table the kids colored a fire truck to take home…

The big birthday boy :)

This picture explains everything… get a bunch of 3's & 4's together, and it's impossible to get a good picture. I think that's why I love this one so much. Those faces crack me up!

The firemen responded to a real fire while we were there… the kids were excited to see them in action!

We used sparkler candles, of course.

Hudson really enjoyed the opening gifts part this year… this was his reaction to his gift from Eileen.

The party was a success! Happy Birthday, Hudson!!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

back from the station

Hudson's 4th birthday party was a success!
I'll be back on Monday with all the deets.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, September 21, 2012

spare time


If you find yourself with any free time over the weekend... go check out a few of my favorite things from this week:

- Gah. Pinned these and can't get 'em out of my head.
- Inspired by Julia and realizing how blessed I really am.
- I just ordered this scarf thanks to Laura!
- Been enjoying this Fall soundtrack a week early, and it is great. No surprise.
- My pastor's book Unleash! released this week. Order one.

That's all I've got for you folks. I have a birthday party to throw tomorrow. My Hudson will be 4... can't believe it. Really, I was expecting just yesterday.

my favorite season

Bring on the pumpkins and falling leaves!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

splurge vs. save // leather shorts

We all know that leather is in right now, and although these AllSaints shorts are fabulous, Target makes a great look for less at only $20. So, get to your local store and get some.

Leather Shorts

A little inspiration for faux leather shorts styled my way...


They're the perfect addition to your closet and can easily be styled with black tights for the cooler months ahead. Don't you agree? 

How do you add a little edge to your wardrobe? 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

jewels on the cheap

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Next Up: Pawleys Island Posh

Today, my friend Julia is here to dish what's next for her. Julia is not only an inspiring blogger, she is an incredibly talented photographer. I seriously covet her skill behind a lens. Also, I have to give the girl all of the credit for the beautiful layout of this series. She came up with it herself, and once I laid eyes on her submission I had to go with it! So without further introduction...

Hey lovelies, I'm Julia from Pawleys Island Posh, and I am so happy to be here guesting for my girl Anna today!  Girl's got style and spirit, and she's definitely a daily read.  So happy she asked me to participate in this fun series gabbing about all my future favorites.  I'd really love to knock all these off my list by the end of the month!  It's quite the checklist, right?

purchase | recipe | vacation | quote | DIY

Thanks for sharing these fabulous nexts, Julia. And girl! Count me in for those margs, please.

Monday, September 17, 2012

organization day

I need more than a day... more like a month.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


If these aren't already in your closet, get to it.

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I've put many miles on my moccasins, and they will be with me for many more. Be sure to go enter the daily giveaway on the Minnetonka site… you might get lucky and win a free pair of mocs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

fingers crossed

I've been loving the new Alt blog for blogging inspiration and business advice. The Friday links posts are always my favorite. I really enjoyed their most recent one that covered all of the goodness that I missed at Alt NYC. Makes me feel like I was there, kinda. Maybe a little more jealous that I wasn't...

I was so bummed when I didn't claim a ticket in time to go to Alt Design Summit this January. Seriously, it sold out almost immediately. I posted on the facebook page in hopes that someone had a spare ticket out there but had no luck.

Now, my hopes are back up... you can enter for a chance to win a free ticket here!

casual fall

This weather! Y'all, seriously... Fall is in the air, and I'm loving it! I'm going for comfortable, practical with a little edge, and adding a leather jacket to an outfit does just that. I'm thinking that wearing something like this would be just about perfect:

casual fall

And speaking of wearing that... my girl Chassity is offering 20% off in her shop Hang This Wear That. Just use the code "looklingerlove20" at checkout. This little piece just looks like Fall to me.

Lastly, I did a guest post for my friend Gaby earlier this week. Go check out a few of my favorite picks in my favorite shade for Fall over at The Vault Files.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Next Up: Recently

Hey everyone! Today, we are in for a real treat. My friend Emily is sharing her nexts with us. This trendy lady creates some of the most beautiful posts. I love her style and unique content... seriously. She, as well as her blog Recently, is a gem. By the way, be sure to check out her most recent DIY project: a faux snakeskin table. It is killer!

Anna, this series is fantastic and so are you.  Thanks so much for having me!

Friday, September 7, 2012

mix it up

I just adore a good pattern play. Texture, color and print are all vital parts in creating a well-balanced room. These rooms are perfect examples of "mixing it up" done right.

pattern mix

awesome pattern mix.

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Do you decorate with patterns that don't necessarily match but work together? I'm crazy about unexpected combos these days. They create a much more interesting space. Don't you agree?

Really love this @The Land of Nod article on the Honest to Nod blog about pairing patterns. Great decorating tip!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

While out West...

It's official. I am totally in love with Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is absolutely breathtaking out there. Seriously, if you've never been before, it is so worth taking a trip. I don't consider myself an outdoorsy person, and I was a bit surprised that this trip didn't bother me a bit. We stayed busy outside nature hunting, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Aside from our daily excursions, I loved the food. What's new, right? I love food, and I especially love meat. The venison that I had in Wyoming was the best of the best. Also, I ordered huckleberry-everything (ice cream, cocktails, etc). It was a local thing, and I'm all about that kind of stuff. Oh, and I can't forget about the delicious basil martini that I tried out there. OMG! I wish I knew how to make them at home… so fresh, so delicious!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:

The Teton Range: The Grand Teton is on the far left with snow atop of its peak.

This was our cabin in Granite Ridge in the Teton Village.

Lewis Falls was so pretty, especially with that guy fishing… it was like a dream.

No photo will do this landscape justice. It was perfection.

The first animal we spotted was a moose.

We watched Old Faithful go off in Yellowstone National Park.

This shot was taken inside the historic Old Faithful Inn.

Here is the Yellow Bus that becomes topless while on excursions. How fun?!

We kept our distance, but look at the rack on that elk… amazing.

Here are my parents at a waterfall lookout.

Kepler Cascades (left) // Grand Prismatic Spring (right)

The Turquoise Pool of the Midway Geyser Basin.

Geysers were everywhere. This one was next to us while we picnicked for lunch. 

We hiked to the Lower Falls lookout aka the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. It was worth it.

The hike back was long and tough.

We spotted mule deer...

… along with a herd of bison.

They were such beasts.

The next day, we found this bear print while hiking...

… and then we found the bear.

family hiking and canoeing adventures

The fam enjoying mountaintop happy hour at The Deck. That view + their edamame = killer!

The girls went shopping in downtown Jackson for a day.

Oh, the pistachio macaroons and cappuccino at CocoLove... I die. We actually got to hang out and chat with the pastry chef and master chocolatier, Oscar Ortego. It was a definite highlight.

While we were having fun in town, our men became extreme mountain bikers.

With temps dropping down in the 30's, an evening fire was a must.

I miss this place already...

Are you convinced? Wyoming really is all that. If you haven't gone, go. It's beyond beautiful, and everything looks like a postcard. Can't wait to go out West again. Next on my list: Colorado.