Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lily's Baby Dedication

This past Sunday was such a special day for our family as Paul and I had the honor of dedicating our sweet baby girl Lily to the Lord! Although we had already done so privately the day she was born as my husband had lifted her up to God, we wanted to do it publicly and were so happy that her grandparents could join us.

I think my favorite part of the day was watching Lily dance and twirl in the front row while holding my hands during praise and worship as she usually does. For this ceremony, we chose a church that was not actually our home church as the Pastor is a personal friend of my husband's and he had prophesied a year ago that Lily would be a worship leader one day and encouraged us to play worship music for her often as she really enjoys it. He was definitely accurate-music is one of her favorite things to do and she asks to listen to the radio and 'dan' (dance) every day. After a lot of rain everyday here for the past few weeks we were so grateful to have the most perfect sunny day to celebrate (even if it was over 100 degrees and we felt like we were melting trying to capture a few photos!). Paul was dying to take his jacket and tie off once we got to the car. 

My Outfit: Sundress (old) similar styles: here & here on major sale! // gold shoes
Lily's Outfit: Dress  //  headband (this one is also really pretty)  // shoes 

After the ceremony (which was pretty casual as there were many other families on stage dedicating their little ones also so I'll spare you all of those photos), we headed over to my in-laws' house which is just around the corner from the church to have lunch and enjoy some cake followed by Lily entertaining us by chasing bubbles all over the front porch after Grandma brought out a bubble machine. We changed her into a more comfy dress for playtime and I traded my gold strappy heels for a pair of white slip-on bow sandals to make it easy going in and out of the house. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen this snap below that I shared a few days ago.

I always order our birthday and special event cakes from Whole Foods since they use more natural ingredients and I know there will never be any food coloring added or crazy chemicals. It was delicious as always and they did an amazing job once again creating the simple, classic cake that I had asked for which was then topped with a DIY gold glitter cross which was very easy to make along with pink rose accents. Our gifts to Lily were a preschool devotional and this adorable pink and gold glitter scripture plaque which matches her bedroom.

I originally intended to wear a new dress for the occasion, however when the one I ordered online had arrived and was not the right color or fit I was expecting, I shipped it back and spent most of Saturday at the mall with my girl however once again came up empty handed so I shopped my own closet instead once I got home. In case you're interested in our outfit details from the day, I've linked above and you can also click on any image below to be taken straight to its site. We got so many compliments on Lily's dress and although my sundress is from Banana Republic a few years back, because it's a classic shape and length, I know I'll have it for many more years to come. I've linked up to a few of my current favorite dresses (including 2 floral midi dresses which are currently 40-55% off) along with some coordinating shoes in case you're looking to add a few new pretties on sale or getting ready for a late summer wedding or another special event yourself.

Speaking of Banana Republic, if you love their clothing as much as I do, they currently have some amazing sales going on such as 50% off sale for women w/ code: BRSALE at checkout plus up to 40% off bottoms along with free shipping over $50 and free returns. I love this time of year for end of summer sales and stocking up on new dresses, especially because living in Florida means that I can wear them for a few more months.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Classy Back to School Fashion Inspiration

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There's something so nostalgic for me about back to school time. Even though it's been a while since I've been in school myself and Lily is still too young as she's just shy of 2 years old, each year I love seeing all of the cooler weather fall fashion in stores, aisles of school supplies and the anticipation knowing cozy sweater weather (with a pumpkin latte in hand) is just around the corner! It also brings back happy memories for me of forming new friendships and the excitement of a new year ahead.

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward on their first day back to school whether they're in Elementary School or heading off to University. While skinny jeans, a stylish top and a cute pair of boots/shoes are basics for back to school attire when it comes to young ladies, it's the accessorizing and finishing touches that set one apart from their classmates. Today I'm partnering with Macy's to share some back to school fashion inspiration focusing on accessories that will polish off any back-to-school outfit with a teen or University gal in mind. However, any woman could easily add these accessories to their wardrobe.

Neutral pieces are always a great investment and can be worn throughout the year for many years to come. A statement ring, playful phone case, flattering pair of sunnies, a classic watch and a cool earthy eye shadow palette by MAC (currently 45% OFF!) will add the wow factor. Polished nails always finish off a look and I love the edginess of these starburst studs. My favorite selection though is an everyday must-have, a great handbag! Bucket bags are definitely on trend right now but what I love most about this one (which is seriously marked down and ends today) is it hits a few different style points: gray & camel neutral combo which can easily pair with white, brown or black; fringe tassel drawstring closure and while it can be worn on the shoulder it's also a cross-body bag. It wins my vote for versatility. Perfect for a gal on the go!

From now until Aug.25th you can get 20% OFF your Macy's back-to-school purchase w/code: BTS at checkout for kids and juniors. If you haven't already discovered the site, I highly recommend using links so you can earn an additional 5% back on your purchase! 

Whether you're headed back to school, are already established in your career or are a stay at home mom, have you found yourself also getting caught up wanting to freshen up your wardrobe with the back-to-school vibe in the air?

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*Thank you to Macy's and for sponsoring this post.
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