November 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Two years of marriage. People say that time flies and it surely does. It seems like more than two years ago that we had our wedding, but when I think about us being married for two whole years, that really makes it feel like time is flying. The past two years have been nothing short of wonderful. To say that we have grown together and as individuals, is probably an understatement. I truly believe that no matter how much you prepare for marriage or really anything in life, nothing prepares you more than actually doing it. 

One thing that I do know is that I am eternally grateful for Jay. I’m grateful for his heart and his soul. His kindness and his selflessness. Jay is the kind of person that people write books about and boy am I grateful to be his wife. But, even when you have a spouse that is as perfect as Jay, marriage is still something that changes and evolves and hopefully grows with each obstacle. Life changes daily and if things aren’t changing, I truly don’t think they are growing. 

This second year of our marriage has been, to me, more interesting than the first. I think during our first year of marriage, we were settling into our new life together and our home. We were still coming off of that wedding high or “we are officially husband and wife”, high. Everything is all good, exciting and wonderful. Now, that’s not to say that every day isn’t exciting when you’re married to your best friend and doing life together. Because it is. But that first year is just really exciting and magical. 

Year two is when everyday life starts to set in and you have to learn how to problem solve together. Work becomes stressful, you might not have all of that wedding planning to look forward to and those constant changes are beginning to slow down. Learning to be excited in the everyday joys comes into play and for some, this might be challenging!

For Jay, and I, he is still extremely busy at work, but our second year of marriage has been our most relaxed year in quite a long time! It has truly been great, but we have also learned that we need to have hobbies and fun things we can do together. We are very much homebodies and have had to push ourselves to get out of the house more and find a good balance between the two. 

See what I learned in our first year of marriage here. I will also link all of our wedding details at the bottom of this post!

Photography | Ashley Seawell

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Two Things I’ve Learned in Two Years of Marriage

The Importance of Serving One Another and Not Waiting For Your Spouse to Ask for Help

We have learned the importance of serving one another and recognizing when we need to slow down. The importance of noticing our feelings and the other spouses feelings as well. In our first year of marriage, I understood the need to serve Jay, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant or how I was supposed to do that. After two years of marriage, I have begun to understand a little bit more what it means to serve your spouse. It doesn’t always mean doing something nice for them now and then.

It means paying attention to what brings them joy. Asking them questions and really listening and sometimes asking additional follow-up questions. It means not just assuming they know how thankful you are for them, but telling them frequently how much they mean to you. We are all human and want to feel needed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget so it’s important to remind our spouse how much they mean to us each day. Serving them also means praying for them each day. Asking them, “How can I help you today? Is there something I can do to make your stress load a little lighter?”

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get distracted. Do little things for your spouse that makes their day easier. Here are a few things that Jay and I do for each other daily, that means so much and only take a second. 

Easy ways to serve your spouse each day

  • TDS aka “Turn Down Service”- When you go to a high-end hotel, they often have the turndown service. Jay began doing this for me, years ago, when I lived at my parent’s house. Every night one of us comes around and does the turndown service. We let down the shade, turn on the lamp, place a glass of water on their bedside table and pull back the sheets. You can even arrange your spouses’ pillow they way they like it. This only takes a minute or two but does wonders for your tired spouse. It’s like a royal treatment! 
  • Place a towel beside the shower for them.
  • Cook them dinner.
  • Lay out their pajamas at night or set their toothbrush and a washcloth beside the sink.

It’s the little things in life that add up and really make a difference. For better or worse. If you know what I mean 😉

It’s Ok To Enjoy Time For Just Us

As I briefly mentioned before, a lot of people get married and jump right into having a family very quickly. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s not for everyone. Jay and I have been using this year to really take time for us. Trust me, seeing photos of people starting families, having babies and doing everything else is oh so tempting. Please believe me, it’s hard. Having a family is something that Jay and I both really do want one day. However, before we do decide to start a family, we are trying to take time for us and for our marriage. To bask in that tempting, uncomfortable, time and making sure that we enjoy time together that is for just us. 

The world we live in today is a little rushed, in my opinion. While we have so many amazing opportunities and capabilities at our fingertips, it’s so easy to fall into the rat race of comparison and allow social media to make us feel like we should be doing life a certain way. That we should have a certain income, our a certain style of home or a family. Especially in the blogging world, I think that comparison is a huge thief of joy and it will easily snatch away special moments if we allow it to. 

With that said, Jay and I have been trying to soak up moments together that are just between us. We are both huge family people and love spending time with our families. However, lately, we have been trying to focus on doing fun things together that we can easily take for granted right now. 

Fun things to do together, that are often overlooked

  • Going to the movies
  • Going out late for dessert and drinks, or really whatever we want
  • Traveling together to new places
  • Creating a list of things we really want to do and doing them (we just took a tour of the White House last week!)
  • Playing board games and laughing with each other
  • Cooking together at home 
  • Watching too much Harry Potter (P.S. There is no such thing)
  • Dreaming of our future and making goals and plans
  • Sitting on the sofa and drinking a glass of wine
  • Going on bike rides
  • Tackling home projects

I could honestly go on and on. But, for so long we have been so busy that slowing down, although it hasn’t been easy, has really been a blessing. We have talked about going to New York City during December, to see Christmas decorations, since I was in High School and we are finally going this year! Hopefully, we can make our trip to Europe happen next year!

Two years of marriage has been such a blessing. To say that I am married to my best friend and soul mate really doesn’t do our relationship justice. I think that any great relationship takes work, honesty, vulnerability, love, patience, and change. We are constantly growing and facing new challenges. If we don’t have that person that we can count on to see us in our true, vulnerable and fragile state, I don’t think we have the right person!

Jay encourages me daily to be my best self and he is patient and loving with me when I’m at my worst self. I would love to know what you have learned from your relationships and marriage! How do you learn to grow together and support one another? I’m always so inspired by your feedback and appreciative of it too!

Jay, thank you for two amazing years of marriage and thank you for being my best friend!


Wedding Sources

Photography | Ashley Seawell

Wedding Planning | Spencer Special Events

Floral | EM Creative Floral

Gowns | Martina Liana

Venue | Montage Palmetto Bluff

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October 24, 2018

Lifestyle

Having a good morning, or being a morning person, has never really been my thing! Growing up, my mom always had to drag me out of bed and if we are being fully transparent, my husband has taken on her role these days. Mornings are such a wonderful part of the day and having a good morning, that starts early, is a concept that I have always loved. The topic of “how to have a good morning” is something that I have been working on lately and I thought I would share with you 7 ways that you can have a good morning, that I have been practicing daily! I have also been stocking my bedside table well. See what I keep in my bedside table, here, to help improve my morning routine!

7 Ways to Have a Good Morning

I recently got around to reading The Miracle Morning and I have to admit that I truly think this book is life-changing. This has been on my list to read for probably over a year, after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it. To be honest, I didn’t really take the book seriously because I hadn’t heard much about it and it’s pretty short, but boy was that a mistake! This book is a basic, down to earth, guide on how to have a good morning. It also pretty much calls me out on all the things I do every day that do not set me up for success.

After reading this book, my morning mindset, and how I think about my day, has completely shifted and changed for the best. I have noticed all of the things that I do that hinder my ability to have a good morning. Since I have been working on making a few changes, I have noticed a drastic change in both my mornings and my days. Not to mention a huge improvement in my mental state and outlook on the future. I thought that I would share with you a few takeaways and what I’m doing each day to ensure that I have a productive and enriching morning each day!

How to Have a Good Morning

Mindset

One of my biggest takeaways from The Miracle Morning was the concept of having the right mindset for waking up early. I have never been an early riser or someone who would just spring out of bed each morning. Jay, on the other hand, is incredible with routines and wakes up early each morning. I think that somewhere down the line, I had this mindset that I’m not a morning person, I don’t like mornings and that I’m always too tired to wake up early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in a phase of struggling to wake-up and thankfully I have Jay to give me that extra push, but having the right mindset truly makes a huge difference.

These days, I try to think positively, about my morning, the night before and plan how excited I will be to wake up on a new day. By thinking ahead, planning your morning and thinking positively, you will automatically have a better outlook on life when you wake up. This has been a gamechanger for me and something that I am seriously working on!

Early Wake-Up

As I mentioned before, I am very thankful to have Jay here to pull me out of bed every morning. Becoming a morning person isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I have been working my way to 6am and hopefully one day I will make it 5am. There is something about waking up before the sun and getting a few extra tasks completed, without feeling rushed, that sets the tone for a very productive day. When I’m up before the sun, there is a very good chance of me having an awesome day. This is mostly because I have the time to do a few things that I enjoy and ease into the day, without feeling like I’m already behind and receiving emails!

Drinking Water

I’m a coffee gal through and through. Probably always will be, which is fine by me! However, I have been trying to down a glass of water each morning after brushing my teeth and before pouring myself a cup of coffee. Not only is this extremely good for your digestive system, it really helps wake my body up and clear my mind. If you usually go straight for the coffee, try to have a glass of water first. You might be surprised at how good you feel after. I have found that drinking my water from this cup helps me get in more ounces each day, plus it stays nice and cold!

Journaling and Prayer/Meditation

Over the Summer, I had fallen off of my daily journaling in my Write The Word journal and it feels sooo good to be back in the word daily. Whether you are meditating, hopefully, I will figure that out one day, reading a book, reading the Bible, journaling your thoughts, or whatever it might be, reading and writing have proven to be important in my life. All of which, easily get pushed to the back burner, when I don’t have time to fit them into my day because I didn’t wake up early enough. It’s a process, a real routine. (haha) But in all seriousness, I do love my Write The Word journal and I will try to squeeze in a chapter of the book that I am currently reading. You can see my recent reads here.

Morning Walk

In the spring, I completed a round of BBG and have never felt better about my body or a workout! I seriously loved it and when the round was over I just stopped. Having a 12-week program to work towards was really great, but once it was over, after knowing how difficult it actually was, I was afraid to start it up again! I quickly became lazy and out of shape, so I decided to start walking a small distance each morning, mostly to get Diesel a little exercise (since he doesn’t have a fence). Our morning walks together as a family, Jay included, have become something we all look forward to doing each morning. We like to go early, when it’s still quiet out, and get in a little walk before breakfast. This is not only great exercise, but it’s quality time spent together before the work day starts, that helps us get into a good mental state! Plus, we are all getting a little healthier, Diesel too!

 

Throwing Stress and Worry Away

Each morning, on our walk, we walk to the end of our road to the beach. A couple of months ago, my aunt told me that she does this each morning and finds a rock to throw into the water. Before tossing the rock away, she puts all of her worries and stress into that rock. When she casts it into the water, it’s like letting go of all of our negative energy. Jay and I have been doing this for about a couple of months and I have felt so much better. It’s such a relief to have a ritual each morning that let’s go of negativity, stress, and worry. For me, sometimes a mindset isn’t enough, I need something physical. This practice has completely transformed our day.

Thank you, Aunt Jackie, for sharing your wisdom with me! I’m forever grateful for you!

No Cell Phone

Prior to the past few weeks, the first thing I would do every morning was check my phone. I would check my email, Instagram, Facebook, and everything else. Beings that this was the first thing I would do each morning, it naturally set the tone for my day. If you are on social media, then you know how easy it is for us to compare ourselves to others. It’s definitely not the best way to start the day. With that said, I have been doing my best to not pick up my phone, other than turning off my alarm, until I am completely done with my morning routine. This practice has made such a difference in my morning. I no longer spend 15-20 minutes each morning scrolling through Instagram!


While I’m still working hard on learning how to have a good morning, and become a morning person, I have at least recognized how well I thrive on a morning routine. I hope that this post inspires you to rethink your morning routine and maybe implement a few of these strategies to help you have a good morning too! Be sure to leave me your tips on how to have a good morning, in a comment below! Don’t forget to check out this post on what I keep in my bedside table, to help you stock yours for morning success!

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October 17, 2018

Lifestyle

I recently shared a photo, on Instagram, of our bedside table and shared what I always keep on my bedside table. I was excited to see the response I received from that photo and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to discuss what I keep on my bedside table, as it has recently  become one of my favorite little spots and I’m a bit obsessed with stocking it well. Now, I think it’s important to note that when I say on my bedside table, I also mean IN my bedside table. No one wants all of that clutter, so I wanted to make that quick distinction, although you probably didn’t exactly need it.Bedside Table Essentials | What's On My Bedside Table

As I have shared before that I recently read Girl, Wash Your Face and if you haven’t read this one yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Hope is not a strategy. You have to have a plan.” When I read this, it was like something deep inside of me instantly connected with this concept. I always use hope as my strategy. I’m terrible at committing to anything and don’t truly set my self up for success. My mindset basically just relies on everything lining up perfectly for something to happen. I have been working on shifting this characteristic of mine, lately, starting with my morning and nightly routines. This can also be attributed to recently reading The Miracle Morning (more on that soon) but between this book and that quote, I quickly realized the importance of my bedside table serving as a beautiful, sacred space. Hear me out…

For most of us, life somehow swirls around us and we can sometimes find ourselves sitting on the sidelines. This is undeniably true for me and I have decided to start little, by little, making changes in my life. I realized that while my bedside table is one of my favorite spaces in my home because I love how beautiful it turned out, it is also highly significant in my daily routines. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over to my bedside table to turn off my alarm, turn on the lamp, grab my journal pick and/or pick up my cell phone. I have been trying to eliminate the latter. Additionally, the last thing I do each day is, turn to my bedside table to turn off that same lamp.

With that said, I realized how important it is to create routines in this area of my life and also stock my bedside table well, with the essential items I need to keep myself healthy and happy. With that in mind, I thought I would dive a little deeper than that Instagram photo and share all of What is On My Bedside Table! 

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Bedside Table

First, before we jump into what is on my bedside table, I thought we would quickly discuss my actual bedside table. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am slow to act and I like to make investments, rather than impulse buying something. These bedside tables are just that. An investment. 

I found these on Alice Lane’s website and instantly fell in love with them. McGee and Co, another one of my favorite online shops, sells them also. I love how large these are and that they have three huge drawers to store things in! The top is strictly my bedside essentials and I use the other two drawers to store my pretty lingerie and undergarments. These chests are so versatile, you could really use them anywhere. If we ever replace them, they will definitely be relocated somewhere else in the house.

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The Decor

The Lamp

These lamps are a new addition to this little area in our bedroom. It took me quite a while to decided on lamps for this space and figure out what shape, size, and coloring we wanted to go with. I searched high, and low, for lamps and had narrowed it down to a few, which I was still quite uncertain of and then I found these. It was pretty much love at first sight, although there is always the question of “Did I make the right decision?” Either way, these were definitely the right choice for us and I’m so glad we chose these. They truly complete our bedside tables!

You can watch our unboxing vlog here.

Framed Photo

It was hard to pick a category for this item because it is truthfully an essential and a piece of decor. Framed photos, really any photos, are very sentimental to me. I held off on placing them in our home for a bit because, honestly, we just didn’t have a ton of surfaces to work with. Since adding the photos, especially this one of Jay and I on our wedding day, our house truly feels like home. This is the special item that I will always have on my bedside table and I adore this frame. It’s just so beautiful!

Tray For Miscellaneous Items

I kind of had to file this under decor, beings that my tray is from Hermès. That’s a little extra, I know, but y’all is this not just beautiful? I think every home needs one and personally, I think I need another one! (LOL) But truthfully, keeping a small tray on my nightstand has made a huge difference in the amount of clutter that’s visible. Whether it’s earrings I forgot to remove, my cuticle cream, a pen or really just whatever, having a small tray to house miscellaneous items is a lifesaver!

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The Essentials

Finally, the essentials. These are my ride or die pieces that travel with me and keep me in my routine. I have used all of these beauty products, for years, and find when I use them consistently, I notice a huge difference in my hands, lips, and quality of sleep!

Water

Sleep Mask

Lip Balm

Hand Lotion + Cuticle Cream

Current Book + Notebook

I’m currently reading “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”

Write the Word + My Bible

Pillow Spray

 


What do you keep on/in your bedside table? Hopefully, I’m not the only one who finds this interesting! You will have to share with me all of your essentials in a comment! I’m excited to hear what your necessities are!

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October 13, 2018

Recipes

This Simple Apple Crisp Recipe has been on my list to revamp for quite a while. Believe it, or not, a slightly different version of this recipe was one of my first recipes ever posted on Timeless Taste back in September of 2015! Boy does time fly! This easy Apple Crisp recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. It’s that time of year again for pumpkin and apple flavors, and beings that apple pie isn’t high up on my list, this Simple Apple Crisp is easy to make and delicious way to incorporate apples into your fall menu.  You can see more recipes here

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There is just something about Fall that feels like home and each year. I welcome the season by grabbing a basket of freshly picked apples and whipping up this simple Apple Crisp. I love how easy the recipe is because it’s great for beginners and you will definitely impress your guests with the warmth and sweet flavor of this dessert. One of the best ways to impress your guests is to surprise them. Instead of serving a basic apple pie, top this warm apple crisp with a heaping (this is very important) scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been adapted over the years by my mom and myself. She found it several years ago and added her own touch. I have since added mine and I hope that you enjoy it enough to add yours to it as well! Having family recipes that each generation has tweaked a bit is something to cherish. 

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Simple Apple Crisp Recipe


Ingredients

5-6 apples (medium to large in size)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, gluten-free, whatever you like!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (regular will work fine too)

1/2 unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease an 11 1/2×8 inch baking dish or an 8×8 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice apples in a uniform size. I generally get about 12 slices per apple.

Place apples in an even layer in the baking dish. Pour the water into the dish.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) until combined.

Add the butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients mixture and work them together until crumbles form.

Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apple.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out, be sure to send me a picture on social media! I love hearing your feedback and sharing your photos on my stories. Also, if you have any questions, just let me know!

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October 10, 2018

Beauty

After Jay and I moved into our house, I began ordering more and more things online! Amazon has quickly become one of my best friends, over the past few years, and I thought it would be fun to share a little list of my Recent Amazon Purchases. 

I’m kind of sad to admit that I was not on board with Amazon for a long time. I’m not quite sure why, but I was just very hesitant! That has completely changed and now you will find everything from food items to beauty products in my Amazon cart. I love purchasing beauty products from Amazon because, with Prime, they come in just a couple of short days. 

It’s only fair to admit that I’m one of those people who now orders so many things from Amazon, I actually forget I ordered something and when it shows up I’m clueless as to what’s inside the box! If you are like this too, let me know. That way I can explain to my husband it’s just in our blood! (haha!)

Recent Amazon Purchases

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018

Jade Roller

I have been wanting a jade roller for a long time but always put off purchasing one. After doing a little online searching, I found this one on Amazon for only $15.99. It comes with the jade roller and an additional ” Gua Sha” stone for massages and relieving joint and muscle pain. This has totally transformed my morning and nighttime skincare routine! It feels amazing on your skin and has great benefits too. 

The Miracle Morning

Oh my goodness, this book has been on my list for so long and I’m so disappointed that I waited so long to read this book. It is seriously amazing. This one is a quick and easy read, but full of so much goodness, that I know you will love. It only took me a little less than a week to finish it. Hal Elrod, the author, also has a podcast so you can check that out too!

IS Clinical Products

My problematic skin is NOT a new thing around here. I can pretty much guarantee that my acne is related to hormones and I really just need to find a good dermatologist in my area. However, I have been trying out IS Clinical products, after my recent obsession with Rosie Huntington Whitely.  She swears by this line, so I thought I would give it a try. I love that I can order my favorite items and have them from Amazon to my doorstep in just a few days. There’s nothing like going to use your cleanser at night and realizing there isn’t any left! *gasp* Raise your hand if you have ever done that?! I definitely have!

Carbona Stain Removers

I talked about these in one of my latest vlogs and I’m telling you they are life-changing. If you don’t love laundry or are still learning to tackle stains (like me) you need these in your life! There is a stain remover for every type of stain and they seriously work. I no longer fret getting something on my clothes because I know I can handle it with this set from Amazon! You can also purchase them individually, which is great too. 

Label Maker

You might have seen on my IG Story that I recently ordered a label maker from Amazon. You can thank Khloe Kardashian and her Khlo-C-D series on her app because I have been addicted. I think I am finally, slowly, getting everything in our home in order. Truly, taking time off from blogging has helped and The Miracle Morning is changing my life a little bit!

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018


To be honest, I could probably list out a few more recent Amazon purchases, but I think I will wait and see if you like this post! If so, let me know and I will try to make these a regular thing. Of course, I have to ask, what are some of your recent Amazon purchases?

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October 4, 2018

Fashion

I recently posted a picture of this J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on my Instagram account and was so surprised at the reaction I received. Y’all really know how to make a girl feel good! This is a piece that I have had in my closet for years, I’m talking since like 9th or 10th grade. Little did I know, there is quite a bit of hype around the Schoolboy Blazer and for good reason. This is a classic piece, that I truly think every girl needs in her wardrobe. Also, right now it is on sale for only $54.98 and is in stock in all sizes!!

Whether you are dressing up a bit or wearing it with jeans, the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer is unlikely to disappoint. It is currently back in stock, you know those J.Crew classics like to sell out, and is on SALE! So, I thought to myself, “What better time than now to share this on the blog?!” Instead of just throwing it up here, I thought I would put a few outfits together and show you 3 of my favorite ways wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer!

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer Styled 3 Ways

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3 Ways to Wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer

You know that I am pretty faithful to classic pieces, that I can interchange, and wear casually. A good blazer, the perfect trench coat, classic pumps, and a luxury handbag, are just a few of my favorites! With that in mind here are 3 ways to wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer casually. This is also the perfect blazer to wear to work or in a more formally setting. Personally, this is a piece that I believe every lady should own! I have paired it here with a few of my other “classic essentials” you could say. I love these items because you can mix them up and they won’t let you down. A well stock wardrobe makes putting outfits together effortless. 

Chunky Knit Turtleneck and Riding Boots

I wear my chunky knit turtlenecks all the time in the colder months. I think J.Crew and Madewell have the best selection. They are perfect for layering and wearing with jeans. Throw in some riding boots and you are ready for anything. Really anything, I have ridden horses, drank wine, went shopping. I do all the things in my riding boots! And honestly, I think this pairing screams Hérmes!

Silk Tank and Pumps

This past weekend, I wore my new favorite silk tank, these Manolo pumps, and my blazer out to dinner. #PERFECTION Honestly, if you see me this Fall I will probably be wearing that outfit with this lip color. I pull my hair bag in a chignon style and feel very Sex in The City!

White Jeans and Flats

Lastly, you know I am very white jeans obsessed. I wear mine Spring through Fall, and even in the winter. They are another wardrobe staple for me. In the Spring and  Summer, especially, these pieces pair great with the blazer. They are perfect for a day out or even a casual business meeting! You can switch up the flats for pumps to dress it up and even add in your silk cami! Seriously, I’m telling you the options are endless and you can’t go wrong! 


I hope this post gives you a little inspiration and if you have had the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on your wishlist, now is definitely the time to grab it, before it sells out! Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few blog posts, behind the scenes, and will hopefully be back regularly very soon! Balance is a struggle, but we are working on it! Thank you for stopping by and if you do purchase this blazer, let me know in a comment below and tag me in your pictures on social media!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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October 24, 2018

Lifestyle

Having a good morning, or being a morning person, has never really been my thing! Growing up, my mom always had to drag me out of bed and if we are being fully transparent, my husband has taken on her role these days. Mornings are such a wonderful part of the day and having a good morning, that starts early, is a concept that I have always loved. The topic of “how to have a good morning” is something that I have been working on lately and I thought I would share with you 7 ways that you can have a good morning, that I have been practicing daily! I have also been stocking my bedside table well. See what I keep in my bedside table, here, to help improve my morning routine!

7 Ways to Have a Good Morning

I recently got around to reading The Miracle Morning and I have to admit that I truly think this book is life-changing. This has been on my list to read for probably over a year, after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it. To be honest, I didn’t really take the book seriously because I hadn’t heard much about it and it’s pretty short, but boy was that a mistake! This book is a basic, down to earth, guide on how to have a good morning. It also pretty much calls me out on all the things I do every day that do not set me up for success.

After reading this book, my morning mindset, and how I think about my day, has completely shifted and changed for the best. I have noticed all of the things that I do that hinder my ability to have a good morning. Since I have been working on making a few changes, I have noticed a drastic change in both my mornings and my days. Not to mention a huge improvement in my mental state and outlook on the future. I thought that I would share with you a few takeaways and what I’m doing each day to ensure that I have a productive and enriching morning each day!

How to Have a Good Morning

Mindset

One of my biggest takeaways from The Miracle Morning was the concept of having the right mindset for waking up early. I have never been an early riser or someone who would just spring out of bed each morning. Jay, on the other hand, is incredible with routines and wakes up early each morning. I think that somewhere down the line, I had this mindset that I’m not a morning person, I don’t like mornings and that I’m always too tired to wake up early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in a phase of struggling to wake-up and thankfully I have Jay to give me that extra push, but having the right mindset truly makes a huge difference.

These days, I try to think positively, about my morning, the night before and plan how excited I will be to wake up on a new day. By thinking ahead, planning your morning and thinking positively, you will automatically have a better outlook on life when you wake up. This has been a gamechanger for me and something that I am seriously working on!

Early Wake-Up

As I mentioned before, I am very thankful to have Jay here to pull me out of bed every morning. Becoming a morning person isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I have been working my way to 6am and hopefully one day I will make it 5am. There is something about waking up before the sun and getting a few extra tasks completed, without feeling rushed, that sets the tone for a very productive day. When I’m up before the sun, there is a very good chance of me having an awesome day. This is mostly because I have the time to do a few things that I enjoy and ease into the day, without feeling like I’m already behind and receiving emails!

Drinking Water

I’m a coffee gal through and through. Probably always will be, which is fine by me! However, I have been trying to down a glass of water each morning after brushing my teeth and before pouring myself a cup of coffee. Not only is this extremely good for your digestive system, it really helps wake my body up and clear my mind. If you usually go straight for the coffee, try to have a glass of water first. You might be surprised at how good you feel after. I have found that drinking my water from this cup helps me get in more ounces each day, plus it stays nice and cold!

Journaling and Prayer/Meditation

Over the Summer, I had fallen off of my daily journaling in my Write The Word journal and it feels sooo good to be back in the word daily. Whether you are meditating, hopefully, I will figure that out one day, reading a book, reading the Bible, journaling your thoughts, or whatever it might be, reading and writing have proven to be important in my life. All of which, easily get pushed to the back burner, when I don’t have time to fit them into my day because I didn’t wake up early enough. It’s a process, a real routine. (haha) But in all seriousness, I do love my Write The Word journal and I will try to squeeze in a chapter of the book that I am currently reading. You can see my recent reads here.

Morning Walk

In the spring, I completed a round of BBG and have never felt better about my body or a workout! I seriously loved it and when the round was over I just stopped. Having a 12-week program to work towards was really great, but once it was over, after knowing how difficult it actually was, I was afraid to start it up again! I quickly became lazy and out of shape, so I decided to start walking a small distance each morning, mostly to get Diesel a little exercise (since he doesn’t have a fence). Our morning walks together as a family, Jay included, have become something we all look forward to doing each morning. We like to go early, when it’s still quiet out, and get in a little walk before breakfast. This is not only great exercise, but it’s quality time spent together before the work day starts, that helps us get into a good mental state! Plus, we are all getting a little healthier, Diesel too!

 

Throwing Stress and Worry Away

Each morning, on our walk, we walk to the end of our road to the beach. A couple of months ago, my aunt told me that she does this each morning and finds a rock to throw into the water. Before tossing the rock away, she puts all of her worries and stress into that rock. When she casts it into the water, it’s like letting go of all of our negative energy. Jay and I have been doing this for about a couple of months and I have felt so much better. It’s such a relief to have a ritual each morning that let’s go of negativity, stress, and worry. For me, sometimes a mindset isn’t enough, I need something physical. This practice has completely transformed our day.

Thank you, Aunt Jackie, for sharing your wisdom with me! I’m forever grateful for you!

No Cell Phone

Prior to the past few weeks, the first thing I would do every morning was check my phone. I would check my email, Instagram, Facebook, and everything else. Beings that this was the first thing I would do each morning, it naturally set the tone for my day. If you are on social media, then you know how easy it is for us to compare ourselves to others. It’s definitely not the best way to start the day. With that said, I have been doing my best to not pick up my phone, other than turning off my alarm, until I am completely done with my morning routine. This practice has made such a difference in my morning. I no longer spend 15-20 minutes each morning scrolling through Instagram!


While I’m still working hard on learning how to have a good morning, and become a morning person, I have at least recognized how well I thrive on a morning routine. I hope that this post inspires you to rethink your morning routine and maybe implement a few of these strategies to help you have a good morning too! Be sure to leave me your tips on how to have a good morning, in a comment below! Don’t forget to check out this post on what I keep in my bedside table, to help you stock yours for morning success!

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October 17, 2018

Lifestyle

I recently shared a photo, on Instagram, of our bedside table and shared what I always keep on my bedside table. I was excited to see the response I received from that photo and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to discuss what I keep on my bedside table, as it has recently  become one of my favorite little spots and I’m a bit obsessed with stocking it well. Now, I think it’s important to note that when I say on my bedside table, I also mean IN my bedside table. No one wants all of that clutter, so I wanted to make that quick distinction, although you probably didn’t exactly need it.Bedside Table Essentials | What's On My Bedside Table

As I have shared before that I recently read Girl, Wash Your Face and if you haven’t read this one yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Hope is not a strategy. You have to have a plan.” When I read this, it was like something deep inside of me instantly connected with this concept. I always use hope as my strategy. I’m terrible at committing to anything and don’t truly set my self up for success. My mindset basically just relies on everything lining up perfectly for something to happen. I have been working on shifting this characteristic of mine, lately, starting with my morning and nightly routines. This can also be attributed to recently reading The Miracle Morning (more on that soon) but between this book and that quote, I quickly realized the importance of my bedside table serving as a beautiful, sacred space. Hear me out…

For most of us, life somehow swirls around us and we can sometimes find ourselves sitting on the sidelines. This is undeniably true for me and I have decided to start little, by little, making changes in my life. I realized that while my bedside table is one of my favorite spaces in my home because I love how beautiful it turned out, it is also highly significant in my daily routines. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over to my bedside table to turn off my alarm, turn on the lamp, grab my journal pick and/or pick up my cell phone. I have been trying to eliminate the latter. Additionally, the last thing I do each day is, turn to my bedside table to turn off that same lamp.

With that said, I realized how important it is to create routines in this area of my life and also stock my bedside table well, with the essential items I need to keep myself healthy and happy. With that in mind, I thought I would dive a little deeper than that Instagram photo and share all of What is On My Bedside Table! 

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Bedside Table

First, before we jump into what is on my bedside table, I thought we would quickly discuss my actual bedside table. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am slow to act and I like to make investments, rather than impulse buying something. These bedside tables are just that. An investment. 

I found these on Alice Lane’s website and instantly fell in love with them. McGee and Co, another one of my favorite online shops, sells them also. I love how large these are and that they have three huge drawers to store things in! The top is strictly my bedside essentials and I use the other two drawers to store my pretty lingerie and undergarments. These chests are so versatile, you could really use them anywhere. If we ever replace them, they will definitely be relocated somewhere else in the house.

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The Decor

The Lamp

These lamps are a new addition to this little area in our bedroom. It took me quite a while to decided on lamps for this space and figure out what shape, size, and coloring we wanted to go with. I searched high, and low, for lamps and had narrowed it down to a few, which I was still quite uncertain of and then I found these. It was pretty much love at first sight, although there is always the question of “Did I make the right decision?” Either way, these were definitely the right choice for us and I’m so glad we chose these. They truly complete our bedside tables!

You can watch our unboxing vlog here.

Framed Photo

It was hard to pick a category for this item because it is truthfully an essential and a piece of decor. Framed photos, really any photos, are very sentimental to me. I held off on placing them in our home for a bit because, honestly, we just didn’t have a ton of surfaces to work with. Since adding the photos, especially this one of Jay and I on our wedding day, our house truly feels like home. This is the special item that I will always have on my bedside table and I adore this frame. It’s just so beautiful!

Tray For Miscellaneous Items

I kind of had to file this under decor, beings that my tray is from Hermès. That’s a little extra, I know, but y’all is this not just beautiful? I think every home needs one and personally, I think I need another one! (LOL) But truthfully, keeping a small tray on my nightstand has made a huge difference in the amount of clutter that’s visible. Whether it’s earrings I forgot to remove, my cuticle cream, a pen or really just whatever, having a small tray to house miscellaneous items is a lifesaver!

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The Essentials

Finally, the essentials. These are my ride or die pieces that travel with me and keep me in my routine. I have used all of these beauty products, for years, and find when I use them consistently, I notice a huge difference in my hands, lips, and quality of sleep!

Water

Sleep Mask

Lip Balm

Hand Lotion + Cuticle Cream

Current Book + Notebook

I’m currently reading “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”

Write the Word + My Bible

Pillow Spray

 


What do you keep on/in your bedside table? Hopefully, I’m not the only one who finds this interesting! You will have to share with me all of your essentials in a comment! I’m excited to hear what your necessities are!

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October 13, 2018

Recipes

This Simple Apple Crisp Recipe has been on my list to revamp for quite a while. Believe it, or not, a slightly different version of this recipe was one of my first recipes ever posted on Timeless Taste back in September of 2015! Boy does time fly! This easy Apple Crisp recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. It’s that time of year again for pumpkin and apple flavors, and beings that apple pie isn’t high up on my list, this Simple Apple Crisp is easy to make and delicious way to incorporate apples into your fall menu.  You can see more recipes here

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There is just something about Fall that feels like home and each year. I welcome the season by grabbing a basket of freshly picked apples and whipping up this simple Apple Crisp. I love how easy the recipe is because it’s great for beginners and you will definitely impress your guests with the warmth and sweet flavor of this dessert. One of the best ways to impress your guests is to surprise them. Instead of serving a basic apple pie, top this warm apple crisp with a heaping (this is very important) scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been adapted over the years by my mom and myself. She found it several years ago and added her own touch. I have since added mine and I hope that you enjoy it enough to add yours to it as well! Having family recipes that each generation has tweaked a bit is something to cherish. 

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Simple Apple Crisp Recipe


Ingredients

5-6 apples (medium to large in size)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, gluten-free, whatever you like!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (regular will work fine too)

1/2 unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease an 11 1/2×8 inch baking dish or an 8×8 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice apples in a uniform size. I generally get about 12 slices per apple.

Place apples in an even layer in the baking dish. Pour the water into the dish.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) until combined.

Add the butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients mixture and work them together until crumbles form.

Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apple.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out, be sure to send me a picture on social media! I love hearing your feedback and sharing your photos on my stories. Also, if you have any questions, just let me know!

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October 10, 2018

Beauty

After Jay and I moved into our house, I began ordering more and more things online! Amazon has quickly become one of my best friends, over the past few years, and I thought it would be fun to share a little list of my Recent Amazon Purchases. 

I’m kind of sad to admit that I was not on board with Amazon for a long time. I’m not quite sure why, but I was just very hesitant! That has completely changed and now you will find everything from food items to beauty products in my Amazon cart. I love purchasing beauty products from Amazon because, with Prime, they come in just a couple of short days. 

It’s only fair to admit that I’m one of those people who now orders so many things from Amazon, I actually forget I ordered something and when it shows up I’m clueless as to what’s inside the box! If you are like this too, let me know. That way I can explain to my husband it’s just in our blood! (haha!)

Recent Amazon Purchases

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018

Jade Roller

I have been wanting a jade roller for a long time but always put off purchasing one. After doing a little online searching, I found this one on Amazon for only $15.99. It comes with the jade roller and an additional ” Gua Sha” stone for massages and relieving joint and muscle pain. This has totally transformed my morning and nighttime skincare routine! It feels amazing on your skin and has great benefits too. 

The Miracle Morning

Oh my goodness, this book has been on my list for so long and I’m so disappointed that I waited so long to read this book. It is seriously amazing. This one is a quick and easy read, but full of so much goodness, that I know you will love. It only took me a little less than a week to finish it. Hal Elrod, the author, also has a podcast so you can check that out too!

IS Clinical Products

My problematic skin is NOT a new thing around here. I can pretty much guarantee that my acne is related to hormones and I really just need to find a good dermatologist in my area. However, I have been trying out IS Clinical products, after my recent obsession with Rosie Huntington Whitely.  She swears by this line, so I thought I would give it a try. I love that I can order my favorite items and have them from Amazon to my doorstep in just a few days. There’s nothing like going to use your cleanser at night and realizing there isn’t any left! *gasp* Raise your hand if you have ever done that?! I definitely have!

Carbona Stain Removers

I talked about these in one of my latest vlogs and I’m telling you they are life-changing. If you don’t love laundry or are still learning to tackle stains (like me) you need these in your life! There is a stain remover for every type of stain and they seriously work. I no longer fret getting something on my clothes because I know I can handle it with this set from Amazon! You can also purchase them individually, which is great too. 

Label Maker

You might have seen on my IG Story that I recently ordered a label maker from Amazon. You can thank Khloe Kardashian and her Khlo-C-D series on her app because I have been addicted. I think I am finally, slowly, getting everything in our home in order. Truly, taking time off from blogging has helped and The Miracle Morning is changing my life a little bit!

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018


To be honest, I could probably list out a few more recent Amazon purchases, but I think I will wait and see if you like this post! If so, let me know and I will try to make these a regular thing. Of course, I have to ask, what are some of your recent Amazon purchases?

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October 4, 2018

Fashion

I recently posted a picture of this J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on my Instagram account and was so surprised at the reaction I received. Y’all really know how to make a girl feel good! This is a piece that I have had in my closet for years, I’m talking since like 9th or 10th grade. Little did I know, there is quite a bit of hype around the Schoolboy Blazer and for good reason. This is a classic piece, that I truly think every girl needs in her wardrobe. Also, right now it is on sale for only $54.98 and is in stock in all sizes!!

Whether you are dressing up a bit or wearing it with jeans, the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer is unlikely to disappoint. It is currently back in stock, you know those J.Crew classics like to sell out, and is on SALE! So, I thought to myself, “What better time than now to share this on the blog?!” Instead of just throwing it up here, I thought I would put a few outfits together and show you 3 of my favorite ways wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer!

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3 Ways to Wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer

You know that I am pretty faithful to classic pieces, that I can interchange, and wear casually. A good blazer, the perfect trench coat, classic pumps, and a luxury handbag, are just a few of my favorites! With that in mind here are 3 ways to wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer casually. This is also the perfect blazer to wear to work or in a more formally setting. Personally, this is a piece that I believe every lady should own! I have paired it here with a few of my other “classic essentials” you could say. I love these items because you can mix them up and they won’t let you down. A well stock wardrobe makes putting outfits together effortless. 

Chunky Knit Turtleneck and Riding Boots

I wear my chunky knit turtlenecks all the time in the colder months. I think J.Crew and Madewell have the best selection. They are perfect for layering and wearing with jeans. Throw in some riding boots and you are ready for anything. Really anything, I have ridden horses, drank wine, went shopping. I do all the things in my riding boots! And honestly, I think this pairing screams Hérmes!

Silk Tank and Pumps

This past weekend, I wore my new favorite silk tank, these Manolo pumps, and my blazer out to dinner. #PERFECTION Honestly, if you see me this Fall I will probably be wearing that outfit with this lip color. I pull my hair bag in a chignon style and feel very Sex in The City!

White Jeans and Flats

Lastly, you know I am very white jeans obsessed. I wear mine Spring through Fall, and even in the winter. They are another wardrobe staple for me. In the Spring and  Summer, especially, these pieces pair great with the blazer. They are perfect for a day out or even a casual business meeting! You can switch up the flats for pumps to dress it up and even add in your silk cami! Seriously, I’m telling you the options are endless and you can’t go wrong! 


I hope this post gives you a little inspiration and if you have had the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on your wishlist, now is definitely the time to grab it, before it sells out! Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few blog posts, behind the scenes, and will hopefully be back regularly very soon! Balance is a struggle, but we are working on it! Thank you for stopping by and if you do purchase this blazer, let me know in a comment below and tag me in your pictures on social media!

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September 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Books are a topic that has increasingly become more common here over the past couple of years, so I thought it was time to start a Recent Reads series. You can probably tell (and or expect) that I’m not much on series or following through with any sort of blogging promises for that matter. However, I have enjoyed writing the posts I have shared in the past on books and hope to make it a regular thing with these recent reads posts. My goal for these posts will be to share my recent reads, obviously, along with any books that are on my current reading list! 

I am always scouring my favorite blogs, Instagram pages and more for book recommendations. Hopefully, this will not only encourage me in my reading endeavors but will also serve as a community platform for you to find inspiration and leave your current book recommendations for others. I have shared that I love reading spiritual, self-help and psychological thrillers/murder mysteries, but I’m always open to new ideas, so please share! 

One of my popular requests in my inbox is to share more book recommendations so I will do my best. Before we get into this volume of Recent Reads, I wanted to share a couple of notes on books. First up, I discovered this free printable/download from Lara Casey, when I purchased my Powersheets at the beginning of the year. It’s a simple list template that allows you to create a reading list of books that want to read, as well as books that you have read. For the books that you have read, you are able to rate them. This isn’t essential, but it’s easy to lose track of what books you have read and when. I like using this to keep track of my reading and to also have a running list of books I want to read next!

Secondly, ordering my books from Amazon has been a life changer. You probably already know this, but if you still read physical books (aka just don’t use your iPad or a Nook) ordering from Amazon is great! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to browse through Barnes and Noble, but Amazon feels cheaper and they ship almost overnight! Just a little reminder!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into Recent Reads Volume 1! 

Recent Reads Volume 1

Recent Reads

The Woman in the Window

The control freak that I am or should I really say, the gal who has to know everything, finds a large degree of pleasure in predicting something and being right. Now, I should say that, that rarely happens, but when it does, boy do I feel good. Maybe that’s why I love suspenseful, mystery books. Either way, this one shocked me with a twist that I didn’t see coming.  A lonely woman happens to see something out of her window, that she shouldn’t have. Struggling with reality, she finds herself pushing the limits to find out the truth.

Something in the Water

This book has been very popular this summer and for good reason. At first, I found this one a bit hard to get into. However, I did finish it a enjoy it!

Home Sweet Maison

When it comes to homemaking, or being inspired by the French daily lifestyle, this book is life-changing. Like, I truly have made changes to my daily life, and to our home, based on this book. This book is written by a woman who is married into a French family and she shares detailed (or as detailed as the French will share publicly) insights into the French family home and way of life. I found this book immensely interesting and inspiring. This would make an incredible engagement or bridal shower gift! Not too mention, it’s a great refresh for any other woman or man who is looking to care more about their living environment.  Please read this one!

Girl, Wash Your Face

As with the prior book, this one is for sure a must read for all women, especially young mothers and wives! I’m sure you have already heard the hype about this one so I will keep it short, and sweet, and share what I found most interesting about this book. Being someone who loves a good self-help book, this was obviously on my list. However, I found myself shocked and feeling so refreshed after starting this one. Rachel is not a psychologist, she doesn’t ahve a Ph.D., she is just a woman who is traveling through life like the rest of us. She shares her wisdom and her honesty is refreshing and so needed in this world. It was so nice to hear from someone who is not an expert but is just someone who has survived to tell her story. 

If you find yourself feeling doubtful, wondering if your enough or are just a woman, please read this book. I promise you it will not disappoint!

Coming Up Next

Right now, I don’t have too many things on my “read next” list. It seems like books come in big waves for me. I usually by them three at a time and work my way through them and then purchase another cluster! Here is what is on my list right now and please leave me any of your recommendations below!

The Miracle Morning

This one was added to my list after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it a couple of years ago. Getting into a morning routine is something that I struggle with. I love the morning time, but I haven’t ever been a morning person or someone who hops out of bed each morning. I’m hoping that this book will share some insightful tips on how to shape my mornings better. 

How To Win Friends & Influence People

I have been reading this book off and on for a few months now. It comes highly recommended and for good reasons, however, I do struggle with it being, I wouldn’t say boring, but maybe just not grab you by your seat exciting. I can see that it will definitely be a must read, but I’m still working on trying to finish it this year, lol.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Reading has become so therapeutic for me and such a great conversation topic that I love sharing with you. I know that I have said it probably about ten times in this post already, but please leave me your favorite reads of the moment so I can check them out!  I would really love to make this more of a community-based post and even something that we could maybe have book reviews/submissions for these posts! Let me know what you think and you can see my last reading list here!

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October 17, 2018

Lifestyle

I recently shared a photo, on Instagram, of our bedside table and shared what I always keep on my bedside table. I was excited to see the response I received from that photo and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to discuss what I keep on my bedside table, as it has recently  become one of my favorite little spots and I’m a bit obsessed with stocking it well. Now, I think it’s important to note that when I say on my bedside table, I also mean IN my bedside table. No one wants all of that clutter, so I wanted to make that quick distinction, although you probably didn’t exactly need it.Bedside Table Essentials | What's On My Bedside Table

As I have shared before that I recently read Girl, Wash Your Face and if you haven’t read this one yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Hope is not a strategy. You have to have a plan.” When I read this, it was like something deep inside of me instantly connected with this concept. I always use hope as my strategy. I’m terrible at committing to anything and don’t truly set my self up for success. My mindset basically just relies on everything lining up perfectly for something to happen. I have been working on shifting this characteristic of mine, lately, starting with my morning and nightly routines. This can also be attributed to recently reading The Miracle Morning (more on that soon) but between this book and that quote, I quickly realized the importance of my bedside table serving as a beautiful, sacred space. Hear me out…

For most of us, life somehow swirls around us and we can sometimes find ourselves sitting on the sidelines. This is undeniably true for me and I have decided to start little, by little, making changes in my life. I realized that while my bedside table is one of my favorite spaces in my home because I love how beautiful it turned out, it is also highly significant in my daily routines. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over to my bedside table to turn off my alarm, turn on the lamp, grab my journal pick and/or pick up my cell phone. I have been trying to eliminate the latter. Additionally, the last thing I do each day is, turn to my bedside table to turn off that same lamp.

With that said, I realized how important it is to create routines in this area of my life and also stock my bedside table well, with the essential items I need to keep myself healthy and happy. With that in mind, I thought I would dive a little deeper than that Instagram photo and share all of What is On My Bedside Table! 

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Bedside Table

First, before we jump into what is on my bedside table, I thought we would quickly discuss my actual bedside table. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am slow to act and I like to make investments, rather than impulse buying something. These bedside tables are just that. An investment. 

I found these on Alice Lane’s website and instantly fell in love with them. McGee and Co, another one of my favorite online shops, sells them also. I love how large these are and that they have three huge drawers to store things in! The top is strictly my bedside essentials and I use the other two drawers to store my pretty lingerie and undergarments. These chests are so versatile, you could really use them anywhere. If we ever replace them, they will definitely be relocated somewhere else in the house.

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The Decor

The Lamp

These lamps are a new addition to this little area in our bedroom. It took me quite a while to decided on lamps for this space and figure out what shape, size, and coloring we wanted to go with. I searched high, and low, for lamps and had narrowed it down to a few, which I was still quite uncertain of and then I found these. It was pretty much love at first sight, although there is always the question of “Did I make the right decision?” Either way, these were definitely the right choice for us and I’m so glad we chose these. They truly complete our bedside tables!

You can watch our unboxing vlog here.

Framed Photo

It was hard to pick a category for this item because it is truthfully an essential and a piece of decor. Framed photos, really any photos, are very sentimental to me. I held off on placing them in our home for a bit because, honestly, we just didn’t have a ton of surfaces to work with. Since adding the photos, especially this one of Jay and I on our wedding day, our house truly feels like home. This is the special item that I will always have on my bedside table and I adore this frame. It’s just so beautiful!

Tray For Miscellaneous Items

I kind of had to file this under decor, beings that my tray is from Hermès. That’s a little extra, I know, but y’all is this not just beautiful? I think every home needs one and personally, I think I need another one! (LOL) But truthfully, keeping a small tray on my nightstand has made a huge difference in the amount of clutter that’s visible. Whether it’s earrings I forgot to remove, my cuticle cream, a pen or really just whatever, having a small tray to house miscellaneous items is a lifesaver!

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The Essentials

Finally, the essentials. These are my ride or die pieces that travel with me and keep me in my routine. I have used all of these beauty products, for years, and find when I use them consistently, I notice a huge difference in my hands, lips, and quality of sleep!

Water

Sleep Mask

Lip Balm

Hand Lotion + Cuticle Cream

Current Book + Notebook

I’m currently reading “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”

Write the Word + My Bible

Pillow Spray

 


What do you keep on/in your bedside table? Hopefully, I’m not the only one who finds this interesting! You will have to share with me all of your essentials in a comment! I’m excited to hear what your necessities are!

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October 13, 2018

Recipes

This Simple Apple Crisp Recipe has been on my list to revamp for quite a while. Believe it, or not, a slightly different version of this recipe was one of my first recipes ever posted on Timeless Taste back in September of 2015! Boy does time fly! This easy Apple Crisp recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. It’s that time of year again for pumpkin and apple flavors, and beings that apple pie isn’t high up on my list, this Simple Apple Crisp is easy to make and delicious way to incorporate apples into your fall menu.  You can see more recipes here

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There is just something about Fall that feels like home and each year. I welcome the season by grabbing a basket of freshly picked apples and whipping up this simple Apple Crisp. I love how easy the recipe is because it’s great for beginners and you will definitely impress your guests with the warmth and sweet flavor of this dessert. One of the best ways to impress your guests is to surprise them. Instead of serving a basic apple pie, top this warm apple crisp with a heaping (this is very important) scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been adapted over the years by my mom and myself. She found it several years ago and added her own touch. I have since added mine and I hope that you enjoy it enough to add yours to it as well! Having family recipes that each generation has tweaked a bit is something to cherish. 

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Simple Apple Crisp Recipe


Ingredients

5-6 apples (medium to large in size)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, gluten-free, whatever you like!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (regular will work fine too)

1/2 unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease an 11 1/2×8 inch baking dish or an 8×8 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice apples in a uniform size. I generally get about 12 slices per apple.

Place apples in an even layer in the baking dish. Pour the water into the dish.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) until combined.

Add the butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients mixture and work them together until crumbles form.

Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apple.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out, be sure to send me a picture on social media! I love hearing your feedback and sharing your photos on my stories. Also, if you have any questions, just let me know!

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October 10, 2018

Beauty

After Jay and I moved into our house, I began ordering more and more things online! Amazon has quickly become one of my best friends, over the past few years, and I thought it would be fun to share a little list of my Recent Amazon Purchases. 

I’m kind of sad to admit that I was not on board with Amazon for a long time. I’m not quite sure why, but I was just very hesitant! That has completely changed and now you will find everything from food items to beauty products in my Amazon cart. I love purchasing beauty products from Amazon because, with Prime, they come in just a couple of short days. 

It’s only fair to admit that I’m one of those people who now orders so many things from Amazon, I actually forget I ordered something and when it shows up I’m clueless as to what’s inside the box! If you are like this too, let me know. That way I can explain to my husband it’s just in our blood! (haha!)

Recent Amazon Purchases

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018

Jade Roller

I have been wanting a jade roller for a long time but always put off purchasing one. After doing a little online searching, I found this one on Amazon for only $15.99. It comes with the jade roller and an additional ” Gua Sha” stone for massages and relieving joint and muscle pain. This has totally transformed my morning and nighttime skincare routine! It feels amazing on your skin and has great benefits too. 

The Miracle Morning

Oh my goodness, this book has been on my list for so long and I’m so disappointed that I waited so long to read this book. It is seriously amazing. This one is a quick and easy read, but full of so much goodness, that I know you will love. It only took me a little less than a week to finish it. Hal Elrod, the author, also has a podcast so you can check that out too!

IS Clinical Products

My problematic skin is NOT a new thing around here. I can pretty much guarantee that my acne is related to hormones and I really just need to find a good dermatologist in my area. However, I have been trying out IS Clinical products, after my recent obsession with Rosie Huntington Whitely.  She swears by this line, so I thought I would give it a try. I love that I can order my favorite items and have them from Amazon to my doorstep in just a few days. There’s nothing like going to use your cleanser at night and realizing there isn’t any left! *gasp* Raise your hand if you have ever done that?! I definitely have!

Carbona Stain Removers

I talked about these in one of my latest vlogs and I’m telling you they are life-changing. If you don’t love laundry or are still learning to tackle stains (like me) you need these in your life! There is a stain remover for every type of stain and they seriously work. I no longer fret getting something on my clothes because I know I can handle it with this set from Amazon! You can also purchase them individually, which is great too. 

Label Maker

You might have seen on my IG Story that I recently ordered a label maker from Amazon. You can thank Khloe Kardashian and her Khlo-C-D series on her app because I have been addicted. I think I am finally, slowly, getting everything in our home in order. Truly, taking time off from blogging has helped and The Miracle Morning is changing my life a little bit!

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018


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October 4, 2018

Fashion

I recently posted a picture of this J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on my Instagram account and was so surprised at the reaction I received. Y’all really know how to make a girl feel good! This is a piece that I have had in my closet for years, I’m talking since like 9th or 10th grade. Little did I know, there is quite a bit of hype around the Schoolboy Blazer and for good reason. This is a classic piece, that I truly think every girl needs in her wardrobe. Also, right now it is on sale for only $54.98 and is in stock in all sizes!!

Whether you are dressing up a bit or wearing it with jeans, the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer is unlikely to disappoint. It is currently back in stock, you know those J.Crew classics like to sell out, and is on SALE! So, I thought to myself, “What better time than now to share this on the blog?!” Instead of just throwing it up here, I thought I would put a few outfits together and show you 3 of my favorite ways wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer!

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer Styled 3 Ways

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3 Ways to Wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer

You know that I am pretty faithful to classic pieces, that I can interchange, and wear casually. A good blazer, the perfect trench coat, classic pumps, and a luxury handbag, are just a few of my favorites! With that in mind here are 3 ways to wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer casually. This is also the perfect blazer to wear to work or in a more formally setting. Personally, this is a piece that I believe every lady should own! I have paired it here with a few of my other “classic essentials” you could say. I love these items because you can mix them up and they won’t let you down. A well stock wardrobe makes putting outfits together effortless. 

Chunky Knit Turtleneck and Riding Boots

I wear my chunky knit turtlenecks all the time in the colder months. I think J.Crew and Madewell have the best selection. They are perfect for layering and wearing with jeans. Throw in some riding boots and you are ready for anything. Really anything, I have ridden horses, drank wine, went shopping. I do all the things in my riding boots! And honestly, I think this pairing screams Hérmes!

Silk Tank and Pumps

This past weekend, I wore my new favorite silk tank, these Manolo pumps, and my blazer out to dinner. #PERFECTION Honestly, if you see me this Fall I will probably be wearing that outfit with this lip color. I pull my hair bag in a chignon style and feel very Sex in The City!

White Jeans and Flats

Lastly, you know I am very white jeans obsessed. I wear mine Spring through Fall, and even in the winter. They are another wardrobe staple for me. In the Spring and  Summer, especially, these pieces pair great with the blazer. They are perfect for a day out or even a casual business meeting! You can switch up the flats for pumps to dress it up and even add in your silk cami! Seriously, I’m telling you the options are endless and you can’t go wrong! 


I hope this post gives you a little inspiration and if you have had the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on your wishlist, now is definitely the time to grab it, before it sells out! Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few blog posts, behind the scenes, and will hopefully be back regularly very soon! Balance is a struggle, but we are working on it! Thank you for stopping by and if you do purchase this blazer, let me know in a comment below and tag me in your pictures on social media!

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September 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Books are a topic that has increasingly become more common here over the past couple of years, so I thought it was time to start a Recent Reads series. You can probably tell (and or expect) that I’m not much on series or following through with any sort of blogging promises for that matter. However, I have enjoyed writing the posts I have shared in the past on books and hope to make it a regular thing with these recent reads posts. My goal for these posts will be to share my recent reads, obviously, along with any books that are on my current reading list! 

I am always scouring my favorite blogs, Instagram pages and more for book recommendations. Hopefully, this will not only encourage me in my reading endeavors but will also serve as a community platform for you to find inspiration and leave your current book recommendations for others. I have shared that I love reading spiritual, self-help and psychological thrillers/murder mysteries, but I’m always open to new ideas, so please share! 

One of my popular requests in my inbox is to share more book recommendations so I will do my best. Before we get into this volume of Recent Reads, I wanted to share a couple of notes on books. First up, I discovered this free printable/download from Lara Casey, when I purchased my Powersheets at the beginning of the year. It’s a simple list template that allows you to create a reading list of books that want to read, as well as books that you have read. For the books that you have read, you are able to rate them. This isn’t essential, but it’s easy to lose track of what books you have read and when. I like using this to keep track of my reading and to also have a running list of books I want to read next!

Secondly, ordering my books from Amazon has been a life changer. You probably already know this, but if you still read physical books (aka just don’t use your iPad or a Nook) ordering from Amazon is great! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to browse through Barnes and Noble, but Amazon feels cheaper and they ship almost overnight! Just a little reminder!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into Recent Reads Volume 1! 

Recent Reads Volume 1

Recent Reads

The Woman in the Window

The control freak that I am or should I really say, the gal who has to know everything, finds a large degree of pleasure in predicting something and being right. Now, I should say that, that rarely happens, but when it does, boy do I feel good. Maybe that’s why I love suspenseful, mystery books. Either way, this one shocked me with a twist that I didn’t see coming.  A lonely woman happens to see something out of her window, that she shouldn’t have. Struggling with reality, she finds herself pushing the limits to find out the truth.

Something in the Water

This book has been very popular this summer and for good reason. At first, I found this one a bit hard to get into. However, I did finish it a enjoy it!

Home Sweet Maison

When it comes to homemaking, or being inspired by the French daily lifestyle, this book is life-changing. Like, I truly have made changes to my daily life, and to our home, based on this book. This book is written by a woman who is married into a French family and she shares detailed (or as detailed as the French will share publicly) insights into the French family home and way of life. I found this book immensely interesting and inspiring. This would make an incredible engagement or bridal shower gift! Not too mention, it’s a great refresh for any other woman or man who is looking to care more about their living environment.  Please read this one!

Girl, Wash Your Face

As with the prior book, this one is for sure a must read for all women, especially young mothers and wives! I’m sure you have already heard the hype about this one so I will keep it short, and sweet, and share what I found most interesting about this book. Being someone who loves a good self-help book, this was obviously on my list. However, I found myself shocked and feeling so refreshed after starting this one. Rachel is not a psychologist, she doesn’t ahve a Ph.D., she is just a woman who is traveling through life like the rest of us. She shares her wisdom and her honesty is refreshing and so needed in this world. It was so nice to hear from someone who is not an expert but is just someone who has survived to tell her story. 

If you find yourself feeling doubtful, wondering if your enough or are just a woman, please read this book. I promise you it will not disappoint!

Coming Up Next

Right now, I don’t have too many things on my “read next” list. It seems like books come in big waves for me. I usually by them three at a time and work my way through them and then purchase another cluster! Here is what is on my list right now and please leave me any of your recommendations below!

The Miracle Morning

This one was added to my list after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it a couple of years ago. Getting into a morning routine is something that I struggle with. I love the morning time, but I haven’t ever been a morning person or someone who hops out of bed each morning. I’m hoping that this book will share some insightful tips on how to shape my mornings better. 

How To Win Friends & Influence People

I have been reading this book off and on for a few months now. It comes highly recommended and for good reasons, however, I do struggle with it being, I wouldn’t say boring, but maybe just not grab you by your seat exciting. I can see that it will definitely be a must read, but I’m still working on trying to finish it this year, lol.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Reading has become so therapeutic for me and such a great conversation topic that I love sharing with you. I know that I have said it probably about ten times in this post already, but please leave me your favorite reads of the moment so I can check them out!  I would really love to make this more of a community-based post and even something that we could maybe have book reviews/submissions for these posts! Let me know what you think and you can see my last reading list here!

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August 22, 2018

Fashion

It seems as if not that long ago I was writing to you about my blogging break and all that I had learned. However, here we are again after over a month of silence here on Timeless Taste. To say that I have a really good excuse for being gone would be a lie (sort of). In fact, I do have a good excuse, probably just not a responsible one, I should say.Relearning to Live

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To be completely honest, I have spent the last month of my life feeling freer than I have in years. I have been relearning to live on purpose, with ease and without as nearly the amount of stress, by not even thinking about blogging. Not to mention, I have focused on my day to day tasks and my house is actually clean. #PraiseTheLord

I have spent time riding my new bike, reading good books, relearning my love for cooking, barely ever opening my laptop and intentionally reconnecting with my little family at home. Slowly, I have realized how much I stress about this site for no particular reason. I have taken the fun out of it and made it more of a chore than a hobby. There have been multiple occasions when I would sit down to write a post only to feel my heart nagging at me to close my laptop. I obeyed. My laptop would close and I would be on my way to something else. Something pure and intentional. Life. 

You’re probably guessing that this post is going to end with me saying that I won’t be blogging anymore. While I won’t deny that thought crossing my mind, several times, that isn’t the case. I won’t be making any promises about a posting schedule, which I know makes it hard to follow. But, from time to time I will still be posting here. I mean, I did just have this beautiful site built, so why not?! 

What I have learned is that I still don’t quite know what makes me truly happy or what I really feel like I need to share. I do feel the need to share something, obviously, or I would have given up a long time ago! But, right now I feel like I need to step back from my laptop more. Maybe more posts will come than I think. Maybe not. What I do know is that my husband and our pup need me. They need my full attention to be in our home. My other job needs me to not be half-assing everything all the time because of this creative endeavor. I need to believe in myself again and stop comparing myself to other incredibly talented women. I’m not saying that I’m not talented because there are so many things that I am passionate about. I just have to stop turning every simple happy moment into a stressful moment by trying to get the perfect Instagram picture, blog post or vlog. I need to learn balance again and not that master it all perfect “busy balance”. I’m talking about the kind of balance that shifts your time to what is most important and allows you to give your heart to healthy things. 

Relearning to Live

I truly believe that I have spent so much time “researching” content, and comparing my life, that I forgot that you create new content by living and trying and experiencing new things. For me personally, I feel most inspired when I am in my kitchen with a glass of cabernet, “French Cooking Music” playing on Pandora and I’m trying out a new recipe or cooking an old favorite. Not only have I made myself miserable and inseparable from my laptop, but I have forgotten how to truly live and enjoy the little things that make me happy and feel inspired. 

By not truly living and experiencing, I do you, the Timeless Taste reader, a disservice and stand for something completely opposite of the purpose for Timeless Taste. My hope is that with time, separation and patience, I will learn the balance. How to sit down occasionally to write and share my life with you. But, how to also continue to learn and experience new things. 

So maybe I will post once a month, once a week or who really even knows. There are several holidays coming up that I know will have me inspired. The photos and words that you will see might not be perfect but they will be real and from the heart. I promise to do my best to bring you valuable and relatable content that is in my heart. 

It’s time that I stop watching from the sidelines and actually live. 

Thank you so much for reading this post. If you have ever felt this way, please do share how you got back involved with living your life. I know that sounds a bit strange but how did you step back from the comparison and live wholeheartedly without fear or frustration? I would love to know!

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October 13, 2018

Recipes

This Simple Apple Crisp Recipe has been on my list to revamp for quite a while. Believe it, or not, a slightly different version of this recipe was one of my first recipes ever posted on Timeless Taste back in September of 2015! Boy does time fly! This easy Apple Crisp recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. It’s that time of year again for pumpkin and apple flavors, and beings that apple pie isn’t high up on my list, this Simple Apple Crisp is easy to make and delicious way to incorporate apples into your fall menu.  You can see more recipes here

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There is just something about Fall that feels like home and each year. I welcome the season by grabbing a basket of freshly picked apples and whipping up this simple Apple Crisp. I love how easy the recipe is because it’s great for beginners and you will definitely impress your guests with the warmth and sweet flavor of this dessert. One of the best ways to impress your guests is to surprise them. Instead of serving a basic apple pie, top this warm apple crisp with a heaping (this is very important) scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been adapted over the years by my mom and myself. She found it several years ago and added her own touch. I have since added mine and I hope that you enjoy it enough to add yours to it as well! Having family recipes that each generation has tweaked a bit is something to cherish. 

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Simple Apple Crisp Recipe


Ingredients

5-6 apples (medium to large in size)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, gluten-free, whatever you like!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (regular will work fine too)

1/2 unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease an 11 1/2×8 inch baking dish or an 8×8 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice apples in a uniform size. I generally get about 12 slices per apple.

Place apples in an even layer in the baking dish. Pour the water into the dish.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) until combined.

Add the butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients mixture and work them together until crumbles form.

Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apple.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out, be sure to send me a picture on social media! I love hearing your feedback and sharing your photos on my stories. Also, if you have any questions, just let me know!

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October 10, 2018

Beauty

After Jay and I moved into our house, I began ordering more and more things online! Amazon has quickly become one of my best friends, over the past few years, and I thought it would be fun to share a little list of my Recent Amazon Purchases. 

I’m kind of sad to admit that I was not on board with Amazon for a long time. I’m not quite sure why, but I was just very hesitant! That has completely changed and now you will find everything from food items to beauty products in my Amazon cart. I love purchasing beauty products from Amazon because, with Prime, they come in just a couple of short days. 

It’s only fair to admit that I’m one of those people who now orders so many things from Amazon, I actually forget I ordered something and when it shows up I’m clueless as to what’s inside the box! If you are like this too, let me know. That way I can explain to my husband it’s just in our blood! (haha!)

Recent Amazon Purchases

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018

Jade Roller

I have been wanting a jade roller for a long time but always put off purchasing one. After doing a little online searching, I found this one on Amazon for only $15.99. It comes with the jade roller and an additional ” Gua Sha” stone for massages and relieving joint and muscle pain. This has totally transformed my morning and nighttime skincare routine! It feels amazing on your skin and has great benefits too. 

The Miracle Morning

Oh my goodness, this book has been on my list for so long and I’m so disappointed that I waited so long to read this book. It is seriously amazing. This one is a quick and easy read, but full of so much goodness, that I know you will love. It only took me a little less than a week to finish it. Hal Elrod, the author, also has a podcast so you can check that out too!

IS Clinical Products

My problematic skin is NOT a new thing around here. I can pretty much guarantee that my acne is related to hormones and I really just need to find a good dermatologist in my area. However, I have been trying out IS Clinical products, after my recent obsession with Rosie Huntington Whitely.  She swears by this line, so I thought I would give it a try. I love that I can order my favorite items and have them from Amazon to my doorstep in just a few days. There’s nothing like going to use your cleanser at night and realizing there isn’t any left! *gasp* Raise your hand if you have ever done that?! I definitely have!

Carbona Stain Removers

I talked about these in one of my latest vlogs and I’m telling you they are life-changing. If you don’t love laundry or are still learning to tackle stains (like me) you need these in your life! There is a stain remover for every type of stain and they seriously work. I no longer fret getting something on my clothes because I know I can handle it with this set from Amazon! You can also purchase them individually, which is great too. 

Label Maker

You might have seen on my IG Story that I recently ordered a label maker from Amazon. You can thank Khloe Kardashian and her Khlo-C-D series on her app because I have been addicted. I think I am finally, slowly, getting everything in our home in order. Truly, taking time off from blogging has helped and The Miracle Morning is changing my life a little bit!

Recent Amazon Purchases Fall 2018


To be honest, I could probably list out a few more recent Amazon purchases, but I think I will wait and see if you like this post! If so, let me know and I will try to make these a regular thing. Of course, I have to ask, what are some of your recent Amazon purchases?

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October 4, 2018

Fashion

I recently posted a picture of this J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on my Instagram account and was so surprised at the reaction I received. Y’all really know how to make a girl feel good! This is a piece that I have had in my closet for years, I’m talking since like 9th or 10th grade. Little did I know, there is quite a bit of hype around the Schoolboy Blazer and for good reason. This is a classic piece, that I truly think every girl needs in her wardrobe. Also, right now it is on sale for only $54.98 and is in stock in all sizes!!

Whether you are dressing up a bit or wearing it with jeans, the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer is unlikely to disappoint. It is currently back in stock, you know those J.Crew classics like to sell out, and is on SALE! So, I thought to myself, “What better time than now to share this on the blog?!” Instead of just throwing it up here, I thought I would put a few outfits together and show you 3 of my favorite ways wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer!

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer Styled 3 Ways

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3 Ways to Wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer

You know that I am pretty faithful to classic pieces, that I can interchange, and wear casually. A good blazer, the perfect trench coat, classic pumps, and a luxury handbag, are just a few of my favorites! With that in mind here are 3 ways to wear the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer casually. This is also the perfect blazer to wear to work or in a more formally setting. Personally, this is a piece that I believe every lady should own! I have paired it here with a few of my other “classic essentials” you could say. I love these items because you can mix them up and they won’t let you down. A well stock wardrobe makes putting outfits together effortless. 

Chunky Knit Turtleneck and Riding Boots

I wear my chunky knit turtlenecks all the time in the colder months. I think J.Crew and Madewell have the best selection. They are perfect for layering and wearing with jeans. Throw in some riding boots and you are ready for anything. Really anything, I have ridden horses, drank wine, went shopping. I do all the things in my riding boots! And honestly, I think this pairing screams Hérmes!

Silk Tank and Pumps

This past weekend, I wore my new favorite silk tank, these Manolo pumps, and my blazer out to dinner. #PERFECTION Honestly, if you see me this Fall I will probably be wearing that outfit with this lip color. I pull my hair bag in a chignon style and feel very Sex in The City!

White Jeans and Flats

Lastly, you know I am very white jeans obsessed. I wear mine Spring through Fall, and even in the winter. They are another wardrobe staple for me. In the Spring and  Summer, especially, these pieces pair great with the blazer. They are perfect for a day out or even a casual business meeting! You can switch up the flats for pumps to dress it up and even add in your silk cami! Seriously, I’m telling you the options are endless and you can’t go wrong! 


I hope this post gives you a little inspiration and if you have had the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer on your wishlist, now is definitely the time to grab it, before it sells out! Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few blog posts, behind the scenes, and will hopefully be back regularly very soon! Balance is a struggle, but we are working on it! Thank you for stopping by and if you do purchase this blazer, let me know in a comment below and tag me in your pictures on social media!

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September 5, 2018

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Books are a topic that has increasingly become more common here over the past couple of years, so I thought it was time to start a Recent Reads series. You can probably tell (and or expect) that I’m not much on series or following through with any sort of blogging promises for that matter. However, I have enjoyed writing the posts I have shared in the past on books and hope to make it a regular thing with these recent reads posts. My goal for these posts will be to share my recent reads, obviously, along with any books that are on my current reading list! 

I am always scouring my favorite blogs, Instagram pages and more for book recommendations. Hopefully, this will not only encourage me in my reading endeavors but will also serve as a community platform for you to find inspiration and leave your current book recommendations for others. I have shared that I love reading spiritual, self-help and psychological thrillers/murder mysteries, but I’m always open to new ideas, so please share! 

One of my popular requests in my inbox is to share more book recommendations so I will do my best. Before we get into this volume of Recent Reads, I wanted to share a couple of notes on books. First up, I discovered this free printable/download from Lara Casey, when I purchased my Powersheets at the beginning of the year. It’s a simple list template that allows you to create a reading list of books that want to read, as well as books that you have read. For the books that you have read, you are able to rate them. This isn’t essential, but it’s easy to lose track of what books you have read and when. I like using this to keep track of my reading and to also have a running list of books I want to read next!

Secondly, ordering my books from Amazon has been a life changer. You probably already know this, but if you still read physical books (aka just don’t use your iPad or a Nook) ordering from Amazon is great! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to browse through Barnes and Noble, but Amazon feels cheaper and they ship almost overnight! Just a little reminder!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into Recent Reads Volume 1! 

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Recent Reads

The Woman in the Window

The control freak that I am or should I really say, the gal who has to know everything, finds a large degree of pleasure in predicting something and being right. Now, I should say that, that rarely happens, but when it does, boy do I feel good. Maybe that’s why I love suspenseful, mystery books. Either way, this one shocked me with a twist that I didn’t see coming.  A lonely woman happens to see something out of her window, that she shouldn’t have. Struggling with reality, she finds herself pushing the limits to find out the truth.

Something in the Water

This book has been very popular this summer and for good reason. At first, I found this one a bit hard to get into. However, I did finish it a enjoy it!

Home Sweet Maison

When it comes to homemaking, or being inspired by the French daily lifestyle, this book is life-changing. Like, I truly have made changes to my daily life, and to our home, based on this book. This book is written by a woman who is married into a French family and she shares detailed (or as detailed as the French will share publicly) insights into the French family home and way of life. I found this book immensely interesting and inspiring. This would make an incredible engagement or bridal shower gift! Not too mention, it’s a great refresh for any other woman or man who is looking to care more about their living environment.  Please read this one!

Girl, Wash Your Face

As with the prior book, this one is for sure a must read for all women, especially young mothers and wives! I’m sure you have already heard the hype about this one so I will keep it short, and sweet, and share what I found most interesting about this book. Being someone who loves a good self-help book, this was obviously on my list. However, I found myself shocked and feeling so refreshed after starting this one. Rachel is not a psychologist, she doesn’t ahve a Ph.D., she is just a woman who is traveling through life like the rest of us. She shares her wisdom and her honesty is refreshing and so needed in this world. It was so nice to hear from someone who is not an expert but is just someone who has survived to tell her story. 

If you find yourself feeling doubtful, wondering if your enough or are just a woman, please read this book. I promise you it will not disappoint!

Coming Up Next

Right now, I don’t have too many things on my “read next” list. It seems like books come in big waves for me. I usually by them three at a time and work my way through them and then purchase another cluster! Here is what is on my list right now and please leave me any of your recommendations below!

The Miracle Morning

This one was added to my list after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it a couple of years ago. Getting into a morning routine is something that I struggle with. I love the morning time, but I haven’t ever been a morning person or someone who hops out of bed each morning. I’m hoping that this book will share some insightful tips on how to shape my mornings better. 

How To Win Friends & Influence People

I have been reading this book off and on for a few months now. It comes highly recommended and for good reasons, however, I do struggle with it being, I wouldn’t say boring, but maybe just not grab you by your seat exciting. I can see that it will definitely be a must read, but I’m still working on trying to finish it this year, lol.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Reading has become so therapeutic for me and such a great conversation topic that I love sharing with you. I know that I have said it probably about ten times in this post already, but please leave me your favorite reads of the moment so I can check them out!  I would really love to make this more of a community-based post and even something that we could maybe have book reviews/submissions for these posts! Let me know what you think and you can see my last reading list here!

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August 22, 2018

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It seems as if not that long ago I was writing to you about my blogging break and all that I had learned. However, here we are again after over a month of silence here on Timeless Taste. To say that I have a really good excuse for being gone would be a lie (sort of). In fact, I do have a good excuse, probably just not a responsible one, I should say.Relearning to Live

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To be completely honest, I have spent the last month of my life feeling freer than I have in years. I have been relearning to live on purpose, with ease and without as nearly the amount of stress, by not even thinking about blogging. Not to mention, I have focused on my day to day tasks and my house is actually clean. #PraiseTheLord

I have spent time riding my new bike, reading good books, relearning my love for cooking, barely ever opening my laptop and intentionally reconnecting with my little family at home. Slowly, I have realized how much I stress about this site for no particular reason. I have taken the fun out of it and made it more of a chore than a hobby. There have been multiple occasions when I would sit down to write a post only to feel my heart nagging at me to close my laptop. I obeyed. My laptop would close and I would be on my way to something else. Something pure and intentional. Life. 

You’re probably guessing that this post is going to end with me saying that I won’t be blogging anymore. While I won’t deny that thought crossing my mind, several times, that isn’t the case. I won’t be making any promises about a posting schedule, which I know makes it hard to follow. But, from time to time I will still be posting here. I mean, I did just have this beautiful site built, so why not?! 

What I have learned is that I still don’t quite know what makes me truly happy or what I really feel like I need to share. I do feel the need to share something, obviously, or I would have given up a long time ago! But, right now I feel like I need to step back from my laptop more. Maybe more posts will come than I think. Maybe not. What I do know is that my husband and our pup need me. They need my full attention to be in our home. My other job needs me to not be half-assing everything all the time because of this creative endeavor. I need to believe in myself again and stop comparing myself to other incredibly talented women. I’m not saying that I’m not talented because there are so many things that I am passionate about. I just have to stop turning every simple happy moment into a stressful moment by trying to get the perfect Instagram picture, blog post or vlog. I need to learn balance again and not that master it all perfect “busy balance”. I’m talking about the kind of balance that shifts your time to what is most important and allows you to give your heart to healthy things. 

Relearning to Live

I truly believe that I have spent so much time “researching” content, and comparing my life, that I forgot that you create new content by living and trying and experiencing new things. For me personally, I feel most inspired when I am in my kitchen with a glass of cabernet, “French Cooking Music” playing on Pandora and I’m trying out a new recipe or cooking an old favorite. Not only have I made myself miserable and inseparable from my laptop, but I have forgotten how to truly live and enjoy the little things that make me happy and feel inspired. 

By not truly living and experiencing, I do you, the Timeless Taste reader, a disservice and stand for something completely opposite of the purpose for Timeless Taste. My hope is that with time, separation and patience, I will learn the balance. How to sit down occasionally to write and share my life with you. But, how to also continue to learn and experience new things. 

So maybe I will post once a month, once a week or who really even knows. There are several holidays coming up that I know will have me inspired. The photos and words that you will see might not be perfect but they will be real and from the heart. I promise to do my best to bring you valuable and relatable content that is in my heart. 

It’s time that I stop watching from the sidelines and actually live. 

Thank you so much for reading this post. If you have ever felt this way, please do share how you got back involved with living your life. I know that sounds a bit strange but how did you step back from the comparison and live wholeheartedly without fear or frustration? I would love to know!

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July 6, 2018

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Getting a hold on the time that is flying by is an ongoing challenge, that I am accepting with gratitude. It’s time to share my June favorites and easily enough it doesn’t feel like it should already be July! After experiencing a few years fly by so quickly, I’m coming to the realization that it’s necessary for me to reteach myself how to have fun again. I am beginning to recognize my inability to simply just relax and let go. Even if I’m not getting anything accomplished, by scrolling Instagram and “planning out a content strategy”  that is not down time and I need to let it go

With that said, June felt like the start of summer. I finally am beginning to feel like I’m getting a new handle on this blogging this and finding the freedom to explore new avenues on my own terms and for the right reasons. It’s quite refreshing and my heart is grateful for these learning experiences. My first round of BBG came to an end this morning and I’m actually surprised that I did it. Like, I really did it. I completed the 12-week program. Although I didn’t actually do the cardio, I am still so proud that I actually stuck with it!

Here is a little glimpse into my past month, through my June Favorites!

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Retinol Reform

I’m not quite sure what took me so long to try out retinol, but I’m so glad that I did. I guess I always assumed retinol was only for aging skin. Which it does help, however, I have found it tremendously helpful for my acne-prone skin. Lately, I have been obsessing over Shani Darden’s practice and her products. She is the go-to gal for many celebrities and if her other recommended products are as great as this one, I might have to overhaul my skincare routine!

Jay’s Birthday Party

Jay’s Birthday is on June 16th and this year we had a Havana Themed Party to celebrate his special day! We had so much fun and I wrote an entire post on the party, that you can see here so I will keep it short! It is such an honor to be Jay’s wife. He is kind, selfless, loving, compassionate and generous to so many people. I truly think that everyone who knows him loves him. It’s hard not to.

Cami NYC Tank

I purchased this cami from Net-a-Porter at the end of May and it has quickly become a favorite in my wardrobe. I love that you can dress this up or down and it’s so simple yet stylish. It’s easy to feel underdressed when wearing a tank top, but fortunately, this beautiful cami solves that problem! These come in a variety of styles and colors, as well. See this in action here

Daring Greatly

After reading this book, from Brené Brown, I decided to pick up Daring Greatly next. As expected, despite my own doubts, she killed it in this book too. I am the newest and biggest fan of Brené Brown. Her ability to make her science so related and understandable, while also being reliable is incredible. Her vulnerability and ability to share how we can become vulnerable as well (plus why it’s a good thing, not a bad thing) is inspiring. I will continue to read her books until there aren’t any left… and then I will probably reread them again!

Daring Greatly is perfect for anyone who often feels like they have a vulnerability hangover (🤚 yep, that’s me). Like you have said too much or revealed your cards. Or you’re fearful of what others are thinking of you and your inability to control your actions to the insecurities. Honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone. Becuase we are all people who deal with shame regularly. 

Family Cookouts

One of my biggest June Favorites is family cookouts! Nothing makes Jay and I happier than spending time with our family. We had some really great cookouts throughout the month of June and the beginning of July. I look forward to spending more warm summer evenings with our family. 

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

In the past, I haven’t been much on lash serums or any “extras”  such as this in my skincare routine. Yes, I do have a pretty extensive routine and spend my money on masks and things, more so then most people, but I’m just not into “gimmicky” products. Which, up until now, I always thought lash serums were. I purchased this lash serum from a friend, who sells Rodan + Fields, and within just a few weeks I could see a drastic difference. This product has grown my lashes so much and I don’t know if I can ever go without it again!

Trello

During the month of June, I have been working hard to get on track and get a system going with my blog and Youtube channel. I started testing out Trello as a way to keep things straight and organized for myself and for my friend, who has been helping me. I honestly never thought that this would be quite as helpful as it has been for me. If you are looking for a great way to get organized, I would highly recommend Trello! And, if you use Trello I would love to know your tips and any helpful resources! Here are some of my favorites:

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Williamsburg Farmers Market Finds!

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Our Garden

Our garden is starting to produce flowers and vegetables and I really enjoy going out to the garden each day (at least 4 times a day). Each morning, Worm and I (and Jay if he’s home) stroll out to the garden to check on everything and see what has popped up from the night before! I will cut flowers and pull any vegetables that are ready and bring them inside. Gardening has become something that I love dearly and is very therapeutic for me! I wrote an entire post on this many years ago, you can see that here.

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I hope that you enjoyed hearing about our June and some of my favorites! I’m looking forward to July as we are heading out on vacation exactly one week from today! It will be so nice. I just can’t wait! I would love for you to share some of your June Favorites with me, in a comment below! 

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