Easy Breezy White Midi-Dress

DSC_1256.jpgDress: Mara Hoffman (similar) ,  Clutch: The Elizabeth Chronicles
Sandals: Creatures of the Wind (similar) (similar), Bracelet: SHOP Angelique, Necklace: Vintage

White is my favorite color to wear. Call me boring. Call me basic. Call me blah.
Honestly, I don’t care.

Half of my closet consist of white blouses. (And a heaping handful of white dresses since getting married…Including my wedding dress that still needs to be cleaned…I know I know.)

So when I found this little-midi jewel, I wanted it in my closet asap. I’ve always liked the idea of wearing long flowy dresses and thought this could be the start of something great.

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Succulents: The Plants for All of Us Without a Green Thumb 

Succulents: The Plants for All of Us Without a Green Thumb 

You’ve seen them everywhere… Instagram, weddings, placed on a bookshelf at your favorite bloggers home…you name it. Succulents are admired by many.  And if you are like me (lacking a green thumb to say the least) succulents are the way to go. Easy to take care of, these little beauties are a great way to add a little more greenery into your life.

All of my succulents (besides one …that was on a shelf in our bedroom…poor guy didn’t get enough sunlight!) have survived. Here are a few simple tips to keep yours long living and beautiful! 

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Succulents; Diverse plants that have the ability to store water in their leaves and stems. 

Little water, lots of sun.
These little guys are tough. Since they store water within their leaves and stems they need little water, but they thrive in sunlight! You only have to worry about watering your succulents about once a week during spring/summer. (In winter months they can last up to a month without water.) Most importantly, place your succulents outside in bright light! If your succulents are inside you want to make sure they are near a window with lots of natural light. 

Potting
As you scroll down Pinterest, you will find multiple pictures of succulents in glass terrariums. Although they look absolutely-adorbs, glass terrariums are not the best potting for your succulents. Plant your succulents in a breathable material planter ( after doing research it seems like a ceramic or terra-cotta planter is best.) Also making sure your pointer has a drainage hole is super important to. 

Soil Using the right soil can prolong your succulents life. I purchased Black Gold Cactus Mix ( about $6 from Ace Hardware.) There are multiple other soil add-ins you can add to your soil, but again I’m lack a true green thumb so simplicity is key for me. 

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

When we first moved to Nashville, we lived in a hotel for little over a month.  Sounds like fun right? Well it was a fun adventure for a bit, but it sort of got old fast. My biggest defeat was not having a kitchen (that and having an untrained 4 month year old puppy.)

We would constantly go out to eat and dine at the hotel bar. Dillon would order the Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad and I would make my way around the menu. Whenever he ordered the salad, I would go on about how I could make it better. I guess I was feeling a little cocky.

Once we finally moved into our new place (and once I finally found somewhere to buy good shrimp…) I backed up my cockiness with one of the best Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salads I’ve ever made.

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Ingredients
1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp
1 Large head of Romaine Lettuce (roughly chopped)
Shaved Parmesan and Asiago Cheese
Croutons (Im a fan of homemade croutons. I used my own recipe, here.)
Caesar Dressing
***I use a store bought Caesar dressing. Whenever I use a store bought Caesar, I mix a little in a bowl with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ground black pepper to kick it up a bit.***

Ingredients for Shrimp Marinade
1/3 cup of Olive Oil
1 Large Lemon (1/2 lemon for marinade/other half to use once shrimp are cooked)
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Tablespoon Fresh Garlic
Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Teaspoon Dried Basil

Instructions 

In a large bowl mix Olive Oil, 1/2 squeezed Lemon, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Smoked Paprika and Dried Basil in a bag. Add washed off shrimp to mixture. Set aside in fridge. Let marinate for 20 minutes.

While waiting for shrimp…combine lettuce, croutons and cheeses in a large bowl. Set aside in Fridge.

After 20 minutes…Heat pan to a medium high heat. Cook Shrimp on each side for about 2-3 minutes. Once done, squeeze other half of lemon over shrimp.

Add shrimp to bowl with lettuce, cheeses, and croutons.
Mix in Caesar dressing and Serve!

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Cropped, Flared & Ready

Cropped, Flared & Ready

DSC_1116Jeans: Mother Shoes: Kat Maconie  Tank: Enza Costa  (similar)
Jewelry: Vintage Sunglasses: Krewe

Ah the cropped flair jean trend. It’s been around for a while but only recently have I mustered enough courage to go for it. Being 5’1 I have never been a fan of clothing items that make me look shorter. Who would? I feel like a lot of times it is all in how you style it, but with some pieces (Im taking about you, cropped flairs) it is simply all about finding the right pair or tailoring. With more than half of the items I have purchased with the “oh I’ll just get it tailored” mentality are still sitting in my closet…un-tailered.

If you have not tried the trend. It’s not too late.
Here are some tidbits on conquering the crop flair trend…

Length. Jeans should hit right above your ankle.
Proportions. Since I am on shorter, I like to wear this trend with shorter tops or with a top tucked in.
Shoes. I feel like this trend is a bit friendlier with heels. Once you feel confident, try a mule or loafers. I love wear my cropped flairs with sneakers for a casual look.

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Packing Up & Moving Out

Packing Up & Moving Out

Oh well hi there.

Long time no see.

There was a reason for that, I promise.

Planning a wedding, working full time and somehow managing a social life (without loosing my mind) turned out to be a bit more difficult than I thought. Regrettably, I  decided to take a break from the site.
I know. A heads up would have been nice right?

…Well..ya know the saying “Life is a Rollercoaster.”
Cheers to whoever came up with that metaphor.
Because they are right.

Ending 2016 with marrying the love of my life was what I dreamed of.
That dream came true along with adding a tiny new member to our family.
A mixed pup with uneven floppy ears, of course.

As if it couldn’t get any better?

Now we are starting 2017 with a colossal adventure.
We are packing up and moving to Nashville.
I am still in disbelief we are leaving New Orleans but beyond excited to begin our new adventure.

I can not wait to share with you the extraordinary things that have happened and the big things yet to come.

From New Orleans to Nashville I will see you sooner than later.
NLG.

Summer Wear

Summer Wear

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Top: Keepsake (similar) Jeans: J Brand, Bag: Loeffler & Randall
Shoes: Dolce Vita (now on sale)

As you can most likely tell from my last posts, I may be a little obsessed with my J Brand Cropped Jeans. I will without-shame admit, I basically live in them. We made our current two bedroom place into a one bedroom/large closet. I mean…that’s was necessary, right? In this room stands an actual closet & a large rolling rack with all of my favorite pieces. It’s safe to say these jeans and this top are always on that rack. My summer motto when it comes to getting dressed will be focused around put together-no-fuss outfits.

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Off The Shoulder

Off The Shoulder

 

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Top: Shop Ems, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Dolce Vita for Target, Sunglasses: Gucci

Back from vacation with a golden tan and a new obsession for off the shoulder tops. Without a doubt one of my favorite trend at the moment, I’ve already bought three tops…I know…a bit excessive. How to wear the trend? Keep it simple. Let the top speak for itself and simple wear it with a fitted bottom. Skinny jeans, shorts and flair jeans are my fav bottoms to were with an off the shoulder top.

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Crispy Baked French Fries

Crispy Baked French Fries

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Ok, so like every person in the world( if you are not then your most likely lying to yourself) …I am a french fry addict.  Not wanting to buy a ton of frozen foods and looking for a slightly healthier way to feed my addiction, I began experimenting with baking potatoes. Not to mention it is a lot less expensive than buying frozen fries and doesn’t take much prep time.  I figured since I baked sweet potato fries before, why not make regular crispy fries? Now it is the only way I want my fries. Heavily Seasoned & Baked.

Ingredients: (serves 2 as side dish) 
1 large Potato
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasonings
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
Nonstick Cooking Spray
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 and spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Slice Potato into halves longways. Then cut potato into small wedges.

3. Place wedges in a large bowl and mix in Olive Oil, Italian Seasoning, Smoked Paprika, and Onion Powder. Mix together until potato wedges are covered in seasonings.

4. Spread potato wedges onto baking pan. Sprinkle ground black pepper and salt onto potato wedges.

5. Cook for 25 minutes. (*If you want extra-crunchy fries I would recommend cooking for 30 minutes.)  Sprinkle salt and pepper again before serving.

Recommended dipping sauces: For spicy use Stubbs Spicy BBQ sauce and for Cool try Opa by Lighthouse Feta and Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing & Dip.

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Wedding Planning for the Non-Planners

Wedding Planning for the Non-Planners

As promised, I have been refraining from blowing up the site with wedding to-dos and posts.  But since I’ve been doing an absurd amount of wedding planning and prepping, I thought it only would make sense to share what I have learned so far.

Once we became engaged, we wanted to have a moment and take it all in. Deciding we wanted a November wedding this year…that moment certainly was a moment.  The planning had to start pretty quick. Hearing from a few friends that a  wedding planner was necessary and thinking about everything we had to get done, I was convinced we needed a planner. But after discussing all of the pros and cons with Dillon, we decided we did not need one. Dillon, working in sales in the hospitality industry and I, working in the local boutique realm, are lucky enough to have enough time and networking at our fingertips. Not to mention, Dillon works within wedding sales. He actually knew more about local wedding vendors than I did.

Flash forward to now, our date is November 12,2106. Planning has become kind of a special thing for us. Since we both trust each other’s styles and have the same attitude towards the big day, it has been miraculously easy.  With only a few more things to do, I think I finally have enough expertise to share my favorite planning tools and tips.  

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My fav spot for wedding inspiration. At first, I was buying wedding magazines (almost by the dozen,) but once I realize they were basically books of advertisements and only had seven to ten pages of real wedding inspiration, I took my search to the web. After searching through a few sites and downloading some apps, I found Borrowed & Blue. Exactly what I was looking for: user-friendly, and REAL wedding inspiration. Not to mention, you can actually search your wedding not only by location, but also by theme and style.  And instead of having a ton of random screen grabs in my photo library, I have them all organized in the app.

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The best ways to learn are always through trial and error, right? When we first began planning I was writing everything down in a notebook. That quickly became unorganized and did not work out. When I saw a friend of mine, who is also getting married, brilliantly made a wedding binder. I instantly started making one. When possible I am a pen and paper type of gal, so now I have everything neatly organized  in one binder.
*If you don’t have time to make a binder, you can purchase an already put together wedding binder.**

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We didn’t know about this site until after booking our venue. But now that I know about it I would suggest every bride-to-be to check it out. When we first starting looking at venues, I had no idea where to start.  This site would have not only given me an idea of how much specific venues cost, but you can also compare it to other venues.

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Your maid of honor’s favorite new website. User friendly, simple, helpful and incredibly awesome.

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Olive & Cream

Olive & Cream

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Top: Chaser, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Banana Republic

This week I have begun…dun dun dun….spring cleaning my wardrobe. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that it does not matter how much I have in my closet, what matters is how much I love what is in my closet. I find myself wearing the same colors repeatedly, and I always tried to force to myself to buy colors I didn’t have or that I thought that I should wear.  But I have learned there is a reason that I don’t have any hot pinks or bright bright colors in my closet…because I never wear them. For instance, the bright pink flowy top I have hanging up in the back of my closet. It only comes out for Easter occasions or if I am having a “everything I wear is neutral moments.” I am not saying that I will never wear a yellow or hot pink hot again, but now I know that I don’t have to have it…because…well…I probably won’t wear it that much.  I feel the best and most put together when wearing neutrals so why fix it if it isn’t broken? That being said, I’m going to start investing in pieces that I will feel good in, not because I feel like I should wear them. Like these high-waisted cream jeans. I seriously want to wear them with everything in my closet ( well, everything that is left at least.)

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