Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Halloween Decor

When we first started actually house hunting for real, one of the things I was most excited about was having my very own whole entire house to decorate for the holidays. Since we've only been living together on our own for about four months, we don't have too many decorations yet, so I've been picking up some things along the way (hello, Target Dollar Spot!). It's so fun to think that all of the decorations I buy to add to my collection will be decorating our house for years to come.

While I'm anxiously awaiting to start making this house into a winter wonderland, I've been having fun putting pumpkins everywhere!

Here are the bar decorations for October:

I made the cork picture frame myself. Each of the wineries represented by the corks has a story, and I love that they remind me of so many fun memories.

This little cork cat was a handmade gift from my sister in law. If it doesn't perfectly reflect my personality, then I don't know what does!

Napkin Holder / Napkins (Target Dollar Spot) / Pumpkins (similar)

These little pumpkins were so adorable that I couldn't resist placing them throughout the house. I love the way the look as part of our dining room table centerpiece!

Have you decorated for Halloween or Fall yet? Where's your go to for holiday decorations?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Wedding Inspiration

Give a Type A Super Planner a diamond ring, and look out! Like many girls, I've been dreaming about planning my wedding since before I ever had a boyfriend. I've always had an interest in planning events (sometimes I question if I chose the wrong career path!), and I'm a sappy romantic at heart, so I absolutely could not wait to start turning my dreams into actual plans once Jonathan popped the question. Knowing that I'm a planner, he proposed in November 2016, giving me a year and a half to plan for my dream wedding on June 16, 2018, which is also my grandparents' anniversary.

Let's be honest, lots of my plans are already done. I don't want to give away too much, but here's some inspiration I've been working with. To help you get the idea - the reception will be in a gorgeous barn with string lights and a beautiful chandelier.

Dark blue bridesmaid dress and bright pink bouquet. Such a gorgeous color combo! Most people don't realize that blush and navy make for great neutrals

wedding cake with peonies - photo by Melissa Biador

Wedding Cornhole Boards

beautiful floral arch | Kristyn Hogan #wedding

yep, with a lantern and a pic of us

Cheers to Many Years and Cold Beers Can Cooler by goodmancodesign

Only 264 days to go! Save the Dates are just about ready to be sent out. Next up: choosing a cake and deciding on invitations! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

J. Crew Factory Favorites

I went a little crazy shopping over the past couple months with both clothes and home items (cue No Spend September). I still have so many decorating ideas that I want to bring to life in our new house! That being said, all of these items are currently sitting on my wish list, not in my cart, but they're too cute not to share with y'all!

Pink + ruffled sleeves... what more do you need? This would pair great with black pants, flats, and some fun statement jewelry.

I love a good chambray shirt to go with anything from a pencil skirt to colorful chinos!

These would be a great addition to my work wardrobe - the olive green color would complement so many colors form any to blush.

Again, with the ruffled sleeves! Also, I'm a sucker for stripes.

And... J. Crew Factory currently has a buy one get one free deal on shoes! If I were to order some (which I'm trying very hard not to do), I'd get these two:

What are your favorites lately? 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Statement Necklace for Work

School has officially started, so gone are the days of t-shirts and shorts, sadly. I've gotten into the habit (at least so far) of picking out my clothes the night before (I'm not a morning person by any means), and I'm trying to keep my look professional and put-together. This outfit was one of my recent favorites.

I was recently given this statement necklace by a friend who sells Stella & Dot, and I couldn't wait to wear it! It comes apart so you can be as flashy or as simple as you want, but of course I opted for the maximum statement. 

I love the excitement it brings to this little black dress. To make it work appropriate, and because my office is always freezing, I added a pink cardigan.

How do you wear statement jewelry to work?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Culpeper Wineries

First of all, let me just say that our group brought along the most delicious spread for a day full of wineries! I'm talking apples with caramel dip, bean salad, tomato (straight from the garden) mozzarella basil skewers, bacon ranch dip, and chocolate chip cookie dough pretzel bites. All paired perfectly with wine ;)

We spent the afternoon visiting Old House Vineyards and Mountain Run Winery. If you're ever in the central/northern VA area, these are both definitely worth a stop!

Old House had the most gorgeous views. Their tasting room is actually in an old house, and your servers will give you the history of the area as they pour your tastings. 

The whole setting is breathtaking! 

Outside among the vines, there's an island in the middle of a pond, which of course we ventured out to. Many weddings take place here - I'm sure you can see why!

Mountain Winery is a little more rustic; their tasting room is in the loft of an old renovated barn! Being a country girl at heart, this one was right up my alley. The owners are incredibly sweet, and they fixed up the whole place themselves!

I wish I had gotten more pictures, but I was drinking too much wine having too much fun :)

How cool is this bar made out of wine barrels and an old door? Keeping that idea in mind for a future DIY project.

If the views have you interested, just wait until you try their wine!

Friday, July 21, 2017

5 on Friday

1. My Nordstrom Sale Purchase
I've been loving checking out what everyone got at the #NSale! I've been trying really hard not to spend much money lately, so I wanted to get something that I wasn't too pricey. There were SO many cute things that I could have bought, but I tried to only buy something that I could wear to work. Enter this bell sleeve top! I can see it with a fun statement necklace or earrings. I like that the bell sleeves on this aren't too over the top and that they're embellished with adorable little bows!

2. Groopdealz
Anyone else kinda addicted to Groopdealz? I regret signing up for their emails because the daily reminders of their insanely good deals are just too tempting for me! I've been looking for some leggings with cut outs for a while, and when I saw a pair up for under $10, you bet I added them right to my cart.

3. Chick-fil-A Family Meals
If you know me at all, you know that Chick-fil-A is hands down my favorite fast food restaurant. I may or may not have had it for lunch two days in a row this week. Anyway, they're going to start trying out family style meals. WITH MAC AND CHEESE. I'm seriously considering going to NC just to try it, and I am crossing my fingers that it goes well so they can bring it to VA!

4. Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites
A few girlfriends and I will be checking out a couple wineries on Sunday, and I wanted to make something easy and sweet to take along with us. I love cookie dough, so I'm excited to see how these cookie dough pretzel bites turn out!

5. Camera Recommendations
I love taking pictures, but I always rely on my phone. While I like the convenience of always being able to snap a picture no matter where I am, I've decided to upgrade to an actual camera. I'd love to be able to take pictures of our honeymoon and my baby niece/nephew that's on the way. If you have any recommendations for a good beginner camera, let me know!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Drugstore Makeup Favorites

Happy Monday, friends!

This is my first full week back at work for the school year. RIP summer break - it's hard to believe you've already come and gone. Over the summer, I typically don't wear as much makeup. I've used my relaxed mornings (not leaving the house until about 11:30 - only if I have to) to perfect my next-to-little-effort-required makeup routine. My simple look wouldn't be possible without some of my favorite drugstore favorites. I've probably mentioned it before, but I'm a bargain shopper, so I'm all about spending less than $10 on my makeup.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Perfect for taking the day off. I make it a point to never sleep in my makeup.

Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara - Love the volume and impact this gives to my lashes without being too much.

Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Color Stick - My lips are constantly dry, so I was sold once I saw that this stuff added color AND moisture. Win win.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish - My go-to when I'm in a pinch and need to quickly fix my naked or chipped nails. Seriously dries in like two minutes.

Essie Nail Polish (Watermelon & In The Cabana) - I have a whole box full of nail polish, yet I constantly rotate between these two and Sally Hansen's Peachy Breeze.

Essie Good To Go Topcoat - I can be impatient, so I'm really bad at sitting around waiting for my nails to dry. This really helps speed up the process!

Honorable mention: these makeup brushes (1, 2, 3) work great and don't even come close to breaking the bank!

So tell me, what are you summer go-to products that don't break the bank? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I'm looking for a new CC/BB cream, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunflower Picking

Nothing screams summer in the south (aside from the humidity) like a field full of freshly bloomed sunflowers! One of our favorite breweries, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, has all you can pick sunflowers just about every summer. As soon as I heard they were ready for picking, we planned a trip!

We stopped by the bar and got a glass of beer, then spent the rest of our time out in the fields picking flowers and taking pictures.

If you're in the area, it's definitely worth making a stop! Be sure to wear closed toe shoes, lather on the sunscreen, and take some scissors. And take lots of pictures - you'll be glad you did!

Monday, July 10, 2017

OBX Beach Trip

To me, it's not summer unless I've made at least one trip to the beach. I don't mean some sand at the edge of the lake, I mean the ocean as far as I can see with the waves crashing in at my feet. This year, we went to our usual spot: the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was a girls trip (the best way to go, if you as me!) to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had the best time!

On the way down, we always stop at Morris Farm Market. It's a huge place full of fresh produce, dips, sauces, cider... and free samples of just about everything! I highly recommend it. We stopped by the outdoor bar before getting back on the road, and we tried the sangria. What a way to kick off our trip!

Once we checked into our rooms, I handed out the party favors! The birthday girl's favorite color is turquoise, so that was the theme of the trip. We used these wine glasses (with flamingo charms!) the whole time we were there. They were stuffed with sea salt caramel chocolate truffles, in turquoise wrappers of course, along with fun straws and little umbrellas. They were a hit! Most of our time was spend on the beach, shopping, and eating. We even went wine tasting at the OBX winery.

The birthday girl specifically requested Bahama Mamas, so we went up to the hotel's tiki bar and got Hippie Juice, the next best thing!

We went out onto the pier to take in the views, and wow, were they breathtaking!

We had dinner on a rooftop bar, which overlooked the ocean. We saw the prettiest pink sunset!

The water was a little more rough on our last day, but it made for the prettiest under-the-pier pictures!

Needless to say, I wasn't quite ready to come home! Did you take a trip this summer? What's your favorite beach?