Bows and Glitter Belts

I’ve been finding myself influenced a lot by Southern style lately. I’ve always had a girly side to my style, but I’ve always tended to add a tiny little touch of edge, or dark colors to it. Recently though, I’ve been drawn to over-sized bows, pastel colors, glitter, and sparkly things. My high school preppy-ness (is that a word?) seems to be back…and I love it! I got this fabulous silk shirt years ago, but I’ll never get rid of it because its one of my favorite articles of clothing hanging in my closet. I paired it with white shorts from J.Crew, and a glittery belt that pulls everything together through the metallic detailing on the top! Throw on some Tory Burch ballet flats, some pearl earrings, and your favorite sunglasses and you’re good to go!

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw anyone out.”

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Pink Polka Dots

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As you’re well aware by now, I love anything pink. I also love polka dots. What happens when you combine the two—pink + polka dots? Obsession. Its important to have a pair of shorts in your closet that have a fun print, whether its subtle or bold. Its also extremely important to have a comfortable over-sized white flowy shirt because you can pair it with any bottom or jacket to throw on when you’re chilly. Add some of your favorite accessories to spice it up, and you’re now ready to walk out the door!

“Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.”

**These photos were taken in May. These shorts are no longer available due to Quiksilver’s decision to not move forward with their Quiksilver Junior’s or Women’s lines.**

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Photography: Kristine Cramer Photography

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10 Reasons Sisters are the Best

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Sisters. The ladies in your life who you really didn’t choose, but would have chosen them anyways. The girls who can read your body language quicker than anyone else. The only ones who know when its time to grab some junk food and cry together. And, most importantly, the important women you go through your entire life with. Without mine, life would be dull and unsparkly. Here are 10 reasons why sisters are the best…Actually, here’s 13! 10 isn’t enough.

1. Every night is a sleepover. I mean, really though. Every night you can hang out with each other, watch your favorite TV shows, snack on your favorite junk food, talk on the phone with a friend together, and drink wine/champagne. Well, my little sister can’t drink wine/champagne yet, so she will stick to Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider! What’s even better about this “sister sleepover” concept, is the part where you can go do your own thing once you’re over hanging out and it won’t be considered rude. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more frustrating than a friend who doesn’t get the hint that the sleepover is over once the sun rises.

2. You can always count on her to paint your right finger nails because you “just can’t.” I can paint my left finger nails perfectly—sometimes they look way too good to be true. But the right hand nails, now that’s another story. Your sister probably won’t want to do this extra chore for you, but she still will. Because…she loves you, as annoyed as she may be!

3. She’s the only other girl who you will spend the most of your life with. Sibling relationships are the longest enduring relationships we have. Isn’t that strange, but also beautiful to think about? We’ve known our siblings longer than most of our friends, and will hopefully live longer than our parents.

4. You’re 100% comfortable around her. She doesn’t judge your “crying face,” sleep-talking, or other strange habits you may have! My sister may, or may not, talk in her sleep. She also might sleep with a pillow-pet. I may, or may not, have to sleep with the television on (or some other form or white noise), and I also might still have my baby blanket. You might find this bizarre, but its normal to us.

5. She knows all your secrets. Yeah, maybe she knows that you ate an extra cupcake, or knows the number of times your iTunes account claims you listened to one song over-and-over-and-over again. So what? Its a good song.

6. You never have to worry about getting “bored” when she’s around because its like having a best friend with you at all times, only you can tell them to “go away” once you’ve had enough. I don’t think this needs to be expanded upon.

7. She’s the only one who knows what you’re saying by reading your eyes. Its almost like you have a secret language that only you both understand.

8. She isn’t afraid to tell you the truth, tough-love style. You might need to get your eyebrows or lip waxed, or you really shouldn’t wear that dress, or that you’re acting like a brat! Certainly, this is out of love. She just doesn’t want you to embarrass yourself.

9. She takes you cruising in her car, bumping loud music that only we have heard before (as strange as the music might be). Obviously, you both sing at the top of your lungs the entire drive without even having a normal conversation because you’d rather wait to talk about whatever comes to mind later than turn the music down.

10. You’d rather hang out with her instead of your actual best friends. No offense, sometimes one just likes to hang out with her sister. You understand.

11. She supports you in major events in your life. She’s always your cheerleader, no matter what. Whether you’re right or wrong, she’s there for you.

12. She likes all of your social media posts when no one else does. You can always count on her for a “like”!

13. You obviously get in passionate disagreements, but you quickly make up because you can’t go a day without speaking or “telling them something.”

Check out our sister sleepover below!

“Trust in His timing. Rely on His promises. Wait for His answers. Believe in His miracles. Rejoice in His goodness. Relax in His presence.”

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ssp-4-Lssp-54-L_39T0083bw-Lssp-58-Lssp-1-LCandle lantern: Pier1 Imports | Faux Sheepskin: Ikea | Dried out Hydrangeas: Personal (not fake) | + Sign Candle: Saarloos & Sons | Champagne Flutes: Waterford Crystal | Fluffy Pillow: Pier1 Imports | Telephone: Vintage | Monogrammed Pillow: Homemade | Personalized Eye Masks: Embroidery By Sabrina on Etsy

Photography: Kristine Cramer Photography

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Feeling Pink in Lucy Love

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I love pink dresses! They’re feminine, flirty, and just plain pretty! This Lucy Love dress features pure simplicity. Its simple in the front and has button detailing in the back (business in front, party in the back). As us ladies know, when a dress is quiet in the front its typically screaming at us to add our personal touch to it through our favorite accessories. I’ve been pairing everything with a chunky silver necklace or my favorite delicate cross necklace that I refuse to take off. Either way, chunky or calm accessories will let your beautiful light shine through this adorable pink dress!

**These photos were taken in May. This dress is no longer available.**

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

Irrelevant Side Note: Has anyone been watching Chasing Life? I love it! I don’t know if its because I completely relate to the main character who has Cancer, or because its so amazing? If you haven’t watched it–I recommend doing so! xo

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