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Friday Five

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wishing y'all a Good Friday, today! Not having work today is definitely a nice perk, but it doesn't get any better than the true reason for the day off. I'm finally, slowly getting back into the swing of things. I can't believe this is my first "Friday Five" in a month!
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I'm sure some of y'all have already seen via instagram, but I chopped my hair off! Seven inches gone and I'm loving it! I've been contemplating cutting my hair for a while now and on Sunday I really got the "bug" to do it. Luckily, my hair stylist genius (and Brandon's cousin!) had a cancellation on Tuesday. I was a little nervous at first because that is a loooot of hair to cut off, but I am completely obsessed it! It feels so fresh for spring and is way easier to do.

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Now that it's short, ironically, I feel like I can do more with it. It was so long that it was becoming a mental ordeal just to dry every morning (and a lot of times I wouldn't even bother). I can't wait to experiment with something like this. OP can do no wrong.

Three.
Have y'all been following the Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia? I'm pretty much obsessed with all things Royal - especially now that the Cambridges are involved. I've been loving all of Kate's outfits so far and can't get over how sweet Prince George is!

Four.
The latest "The Real Society Socials" has been my favorite yet. Not only am I loving her top and their house, but I am now swooning over that tervis tumbler set. Brandon and I love drinking out of tervis tumblers and I would even cave and do a couple's monogram for these!

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Our new favorite cocktail hour snack, creamy yogurt avocado dip. Super easy to make and pretty good for you too! You could definitely use veggies instead of the pretzels and pita chips, but I don't think it would be nearly as tasty.




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New Orleans: Day 1

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello lovely ladies! Sorry I've been super lax about posting lately. We got back from New Orleans a week and a half ago (can't believe it's already been that long!). We had the best, best time and ate some seriously yummy food. I wish we could have stayed at least one day longer to explore the city a little more, and it's definitely on my list to revisit one day. We were there for a work conference for Brandon. Without the conference, we definitely would have been able to see and do a lot more.

We were given some wonderful food recommendations from locals + a Raleigh chef and all of their recommendations were spot on.

We arrived in Nola on Thursday and checked into our hotel around lunch. We headed down to Acme Oyster House and somehow beat the crowds. We started off the trip with oyster shooters. Note: I wasn't actually aware that an oyster shooter contained alcohol. Naive much? Lunch was delicious and we ended up splitting lots of different style oysters and crawfish. I feel like this is a pretty staple place to eat in Nola.

After lunch we walked around for a little bit before the attorneys needed to head back to the hotel for the welcome session. These guys were really good!

The spouses headed to the bar for pre-dinner drinks while they were finishing up a reception. I had been dying to go to the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, so that was our first stop. The bar was full, but just as we were sitting down in the main sitting area, I spotted three open seats. I did my high heel run (which is way funnier than it is fast), and was able to secure the seats. This bar is sooo much fun and a must do.

My first drink had a strawberry in it, but third did not, 
so I requested a strawberry and got an entire glass.

Bar selfie. 

We headed to Galatoire's for dinner. They're one of the few places that didn't require reservations, and was an easy walk from the bar. We had to wait a bit for our table, so we had another drink at Galatoire 33 next door. 33 is a more causal version of the main restaurant. Dinner was good, but didn't compare to the rest of the meals we ate that weekend. I might also be a little shaded because I realized at dinner that one of the diamonds in my wedding band had fallen out. (Which then led to those prongs popping out a sapphire in my other band by the next day.).

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New Orleans Outfit Inspiration

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We're headed to NOLA soon for Brandon's annual work conference and I'm in full on packing mode. I've been working on our packing lists for at least a month now and I finally have things narrowed down. Below are some of my favorite outfit inspirations for the trip.



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My New Favorite Denim

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I've been searching for my perfect pair of jeans for a while now. I used to love CoH, but they just don't work on my body anymore. I decided to give Madewell a try because while I love ordering things through Shopbop (and their great return policy), it's nice to be able to try things on in the store. 

When I went to Madewell, their sales girls told me about how they redesigned their denim about a year ago and now they're even better than before. The material is a little different and the stretch makes them even more forgiving and comfortable. The girls that work at the Madewell at Crabtree are just the best. They're always so nice and helpful and really make you feel great. I tried on one pair of jeans and was sold. 

I went with the Madewell Skinny Skinny. They're the perfect length and are so comfortable from the first wear and have definitely kept their fit and stretch so far. We ate a huuuuge dinner on Saturday night and I'm happy to report that I didn't feel that usual desire to unbutton my pants after the meal. The stretch is that forgiving. 

Another nice thing Madewell does is they slip in a "$20 off your next pair" coupon into the back of your jeans as they wrap them up. I actually have two of them (Madewell had sent me a $25 off coupon that I used on my second pair), so left me know if you'd like one! I'd be happy to send it your way.

I went with the dark wash for my first pair and have since gone back to get the white ones. They're the perfect white. White enough for summer, but enough off-white in them that you can easily transition them to cooler months.



I was actually able to order this light pair online for an incredible deal last Friday. Originally $135, they're on sale for $94.50 right now and I was able to get an additional 30% off with the code BYEMARCH!

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Weekend Recap

Monday, March 31, 2014

I haven't blogged in quite a while, but if there's ever a good reason, it's to remember all the lovely details from this past weekend. Jonathan, our close friends' {Justin & Grace} son turned one on Thursday and his birthday party was on Saturday! It was so fun to get to help Grace with some of the details for the party. Brandon and I love this family so much and are so happy to get to be a part of their lives.

Grace and I made the cupcake toppers and I think they turned out so great! Jonathan's Aunt Jessie (another good friend) made the delicious cupcakes!


Just woken up from naptime and about to head to his party. He would not let go of his Spot book!



Playing games with Grandpa.



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Happy First Day of Spring!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring, y'all! This cold weather is alllmost behind us! I know I'm ready for warmer weather. Afternoon walks are one of my favorite things ever and I'm looking forward to them being a daily occurrence soon! There are so many great things happening this spring including our trip to New Orleans, spending Easter weekend at the beach, and hopefully an '06 girls' beach trip!

I'm loving Glitter Guide's "Spring To Do List" and am planning on putting together one of my own (will hopefully be posting it next week!). The third thing on this list definitely needs to happen.

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Friday Five

Friday, March 14, 2014

The warm, sunny weather earlier this week was just good for the soul. I got to take some nice, long walks and am feeling so good. I'm ready for Spring, more walks, sunshine, farmer's market, and grilling out. 

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Don't forget to check out my "sister" blog, Southern in Love Sells! Everything is in great condition and some things are brand new or only been worn a couple of times!

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After cleaning out my closet, I felt like things were kind of empty, so I took advantage of the J.Crew 25% off sale. I got two things for work and one new top. It's a hard balance between having a nice work wardrobe and spending all your clothes money on work clothes. You wear them most of your week, but it's nice to feel like you have a variety of things to wear on the weekend too! J.Crew's sale + leftover Christmas gift cards definitely came in handy.
Dress // Top // Skirt

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After the bourbon explosion in my suitcase last fall, I've been in need of some new luggage. Side note: dried bourbon smells like stale beer. Not ideal. I was lucky enough to grab the Tory Burch nylon duffle while it was on sale last year, but I still need a good rolling suitcase. I think this one might find it's way onto my birthday wishlist this year. It seems really durable, has gotten great reviews, and is super cute!

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Brandon had a client dinner at Piedmont in Durham this past Tuesday. It's a farm-to-table restaurant and has a lot of connections with Zely and Ritz, which was one of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh. Brandon couldn't say enough good things about it and it's been added to our list of places to go on a date night.

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It's ACC Tournament time! When we were in school, everything stopped to watch the tournament and now that we're adults, not much has changed. The office clears out whenever there's a game and even Brandon's firm orders a big lunch to watch it at the office together. We were so excited that State pulled out a win over Miami last night and we'll be on pins and needles as we take on Syracuse tonight. (As mom says, what is an orange man anyways!?)
 

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