Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Year Blogiversary!

Happy Birthday to the blog! What started as a simple fashion tumblr page a few years ago officially became a big girl blog one year ago today!
I have enjoyed using this blog as an outlet to express my creative side and scrapbook our lives as newlyweds. I have so enjoyed sharing my love for fashion, decorating, baking, and life in general here in this little space!
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the past year:
Including the blog series about our wedding:
Thank you so much for reading and following along! You can see more about the blog and our life here:
Instagram - keep up with my day-to-day adventures, outfits, eats, and crafts!
Facebook - keep up with the blog with easy links to each post!
Pinterest - all of the Pinterest inspiration one could ever desire!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Favorite Pins Friday

We made it through another week ya'll! The hubs and I just landed back in NC around midnight last night after a few days in New Orleans. I can't wait to upload all of the pictures we took and will share those on the blog early next week!
Today I'm sharing my favorite pins from this past week:







Thursday, January 29, 2015

Favorite Things: Under $10

I'm linking up with Momfessionals today to share my favorite things that are under $10! This is such a fun linkup series for the year. One day each month I'll link up with my favorite things:
So here are some of my favorite jewelry steals & deals:
This darling quilted watch and bow bangle combo is just $10 at Walmart!!!

I've been wanting a pair of these new double sided earrings for a while. I might just a grab a few at this low price of just $6!!!

I've also had my eye on the new stone bangle trend. You can't beat these for just $4.99!
And how cute are these little bakers necklaces? I love the ones with the mixers on them!
And somebody please buy me one...or ALL...of these gorgeous monogrammed rings for just $6.99!
Ya' need one of these in every color!!! Gorgeous, soft, and perfect for this cool, winter weather!!
Finally, these gorgeous statement cuffs are the perfect arm candy!!!
Well there you have it folks! My favorite accessories that are all under $10! But hurry, don't wait, those deals sale out quickly!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIWW: Calling All Preps Style Challenge

Monday, January 19th: Vests & Scarves
Buffalo Plaid Top: {Old Navy, old} Striped Vest: {Old Navy, on sale} Blanket Scarf: {H&M, old, similar} Jeggings: {NY&CO, old} Booties: {JCP, old}

Tuesday, January 20th: Monograms & Pearls
Monogrammed Pull Over: {gifted from small business back home} Leggings: {Lauren Conrad, Kohls} Boots: {Shoe Carnival} Pearl Bracelet: {Bijoux Boutique}

Wednesday, January 21st: Button Downs & Cardigans
Skirt: {Forever 21, old, love this one} Embellished Chambray Button Up: {Ann Taylor Loft, old, similar} Cardigan: {The Limited, old} Tassel Necklace: {Bijoux Brigette, Spain} Glitter Flats: {Walmart, added embellishment, wedding reception flats}

Thursday, January 22nd: Bows & Belts
Top: {JCP, old} Pants: {NY&CO} Flats: {H&M, old} Handbag: {Mango, London, England, old} Belt: {DSW}

Friday, January 23rd: Blazers & Loafers
Top: {J Crew, final sale} Leopard Blazer: {Cato Fashions, old} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique} Pants: {Elder Beerman, old} Loafers: {Topshop, Spain, old} Monogram Clutch: {Bijoux Boutique} For order inquires email

Happy Wednesday Ya'll! I'm currently traveling with the hubs in New Orleans for an academic conference presentation. I entered a student paper competition last summer and my prize for winning was free conference travel (airfare + hotel) to present my research. The hubs is tagging along as it's our first time in New Orleans. We arrived yesterday, today is conference day, and we have tomorrow morning to finish up any sight seeing before flying back home to our sweet pup Tucker!
Anyways, in the meantime, if you're not following along over on Instagram, I wanted to share a recent style challenge I completed last week. A couple of Insta-fashionistas put together a style challenge for the week of January 19th-23rd.
I decided to participate and take some outfit layout photos for you to see the specific details of each outfit. I tried to link back to all somewhat recent purchases and/or provide similar items from the same retailer.
Hope you enjoy! I can't wait to share all of the photos from our trip on the blog next week!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trend Spin Linkup: Suede & Leather



Faux Leather Jacket: {Stitchfix} Faux Suede Peplum Top: {JCP} Camo Jeans: {JCP} Booties: {Kohls} Necklaces: {Burkes Outlet & Bijou Brigette} Bracelets: {Bijoux Boutique}
It's Tuesday so you know what that means! I'm linking up again with Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas to share our favorite leather and suede looks for winter. This faux leather+suede combo is one of my favorites that I own! This fabulous jacket I received in a  Stitchfix box a couple of years ago and I love to wear it all year round. I paired it with a soft faux suede black peplum top and camo skinnies. I love the sass this outfit has! Throw on some black booties with gold details and some rocker chic gold necklaces and you're ready for a night out!

Monday, January 26, 2015

McQuerry Adventures: UK vs. USC

If you're not a CATS fan I apologize in advance for this post...actually #sorrynotsorry! The hubs & I finally got to enjoy his Christmas gift from my to the UK/South Carolina game at USC.

We took off early Saturday morning from Raleigh to make it to Columbia, SC for game time at noon. We were so excited to wear our UK blue in a sea of maroon but it turned out that UK had as big of a crowd, if not BIGGER, than the SC fans!
It was an exciting game, especially the first half, but then the CATS pulled away and kept a comfortable 10-15 point lead the rest of the game. Just the way I like it! So glad they won and made our trip more than worthwhile!
After the game, Travis wanted to stick around and maybe see the players if they came back out. We headed down to the radio/press area and he got a selfie with Matt Jones from KSR (Kentucky sports radio). We got pics of Dick Vitale & Aaron Harrison...including a photobomb during his radio interview. Unfortunately, Cal and the team didn't come back out but we still had a blast!
It was so nice to be able to watch the Cats in person again. Not being in Lexington anymore means the hubs can't catch the home games and we don't get all of them on TV down here in NC. I was so glad we got to see them play and remain undefeated! #9 here we come!!!
p.s. back to fashion related posts tomorrow...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Life Lately: iPhone/Instagram Pics

It's been a couple of weeks since I've done a Life Lately here we go:
My attire for the NCSU/Duke game a couple of weeks ago. I quickly realized I have zero red in my closet. This is one of three red items out of ALL my clothes! It's probably because it's the color of one of UK's biggest rivals (UofL). Anyways, I got to wear my new houndstooth blardigan (blanket cardigan...get it?) from Cato Fashions.

It was THE best game we could have picked to attend! It was close the whole time and NC State beat the #2 ranked, undefeated PUKE! Some court rushing action is always fun to watch!

Of course we had to take a selfie to remember the fun time!

I whipped up this made-from-scratch baked chicken alfredo for us to take for lunch this past week. It was pretty delicious but we couldn't finish the whole thing before we were a little over it! You can find the recipe here.

Still breaking out my new Christmas items...this houndstooth vest is perfect! I also broke out the white denim in January!

Last Saturday, we went to see American Sniper (which is great by the way). I chose comfy buffalo plaid paired with a chunky knit vest.

Sunday I finally got to wear this fabulous ruffle coat I guessed it...for Christmas! You can see the full outfit post, and the fabulous monogrammed boot socks not pictured above, here.

I discovered She Reads Truth on Instagram a while ago but just recently downloaded their app. I've been going through the Bible in 365 days plan and I love it. I will admit I'm not keeping up every day but I have a goal in mind for when I would like to finish it...and it's not in 365 days. Remember my word for 2015? Grace so I'm not setting myself up for failure with unrealistic, perfectionist expectations. In the meantime, I discovered lots of fabulous lock screens that are completely free on the app. This one stood out to me and is currently on my phone!
Stay tuned for a weekend recap from a fun adventure we had yesterday! It'll be up on the blog tomorrow!

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