November 15, 2019

Fashion

A Gift Guide for Small Luxury gifts was highly requested when I mentioned gift guides this year! I have to say, y’all really know the way to my heart. This was so much fun for me to put together. Many of these items are on my own wish list!

For almost each one of these small luxury gifts, I found a more budget friendly dupe or alternative! I hope that these gifts give you inspiration for yourself and others!

Also, I shared an extra piece that I own personally, #14, because I just adore it so much. I found one preloved and it’s perfect. If you never got your hands on it in stores, I can’t tell you how much I love mine!

Simply click on each image below to shop. Each piece is also link with it’s associated number below the picture. That’s where you can find the budget friendly dupes!

Small Luxury Gifts

one These gold diamond studded hoop earrings are to die for! This option is less than $60.

two The most classic luxury hat. ($59 option)

three I fell in love with these scarves last year in New York. I love how detailed they are! ($80 option)

four This faux fur scarf is only $75 and is the perfect gift for any gal!

five These gloves give me major Hermès vibes for much less than an Hermès price.

six I have been obsessed with Sydney Evan bracelets since our trip to Palm Beach a few years ago.

seven Who wouldn’t adore this Chanel wallet? Vintage is very in! (under $130 option)

eight These logo earrings are just enough while still remaining classic. (dupes $98, $48 and here is an exact dupe in brooch format)

nine I treated myself to this ring in the Spring. I get so many questions about it! It pairs perfectly with this one from Cartier. ($39 dupe)

ten The most perfect sunglasses. Overstated but still classy! Sunglasses are one of the best small luxury gifts. ($11 dupes)

eleven I love how unique this hair comb is! It is definitely on my wish list!

twelve These flowers are THE BEST GIFT! Mine have lasted me well over a year and are still just as beautiful as the day I got them. Also, no need to water them!

thirteen Dolce & Gabanna really did it with this floral phone case. I love that I haven’t seen anyone with this piece! (Can’t believe this option is only $9)

fourteen This piece isn’t featured above, but I had to share it. I have this same brooch and treasure it so much. It is the ultimate pearl piece.

If you like having these options and enjoyed this Gift Guide, please let me know in a comment!

Small Luxury Gifts, Gift Guide

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November 12, 2019

Lifestyle

When I asked what types of Gift Guides you were hoping to see from me, one of the most highly requested ones was a Gift Guide for Your Pup! Diesel is obviously the center of our world and we love treating him with new toys, beds, treats, and other fun things on Christmas!

I was so excited to see that a Gift Guide for Your Pup was so requested because it truly excites me! For this guide, I compiled so of the cutest finds with some of our trusted favorites! This is at the top of my shopping list for him. I am so fascinated with it!

Gift Guide for Your Pup

Diesel’s Favorites

When the weather gets cold, in Virginia, I love strapping Diesel into his Orvis Coat! He looks so dapper and it keeps his little short haired booty warm! I couldn’t recommend this leash more. Diesel loves to run and whenever I walk him, in the yard, I always let him run back to the garage dragging his leash. He has had this one for over a year and it’s in perfect condition! In the past, he would always go through so many leashes because he loves to bite them. He would prefer to walk himself! He is a big fan of the ZippyPaws toys too!

Lastly, I wanted to briefly point out this bed. He actually has TWO of these beds. One in our master bedroom and one out in the keeping room. He loves them so much and I feel good about the quality of this bed. Sometimes, cheap dog beds aren’t supportive enough. Especially now that our little baby is getting a little older, I want to make sure his bones and joints are supported when he lays on his beds. Our family has owned several of these and I would highly recommend them to you!

Click on the images below to shop these items!

I hope you enjoyed this Gift Guide for Your Pup! What is your pups name?! Let me know in a comment!

Image by Tiffany Sigmon

Gift Guide for Your Pup

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Reading List: Summer 2018

November 8, 2019

Lifestyle

It doesn’t seem possible that I’m already writing my first trimester recap. For one, I honestly thought I would never live to see the day that the first trimester was over (more on that later) and also because the time is going by so quickly in some ways.

Being a mother has always been a dream of mine for many reasons. Obviously, little girls are given baby dolls and usually want to mother from a young age. Then, you meet the man of your dreams and couldn’t imagine anything better than creating a special little human that is made from both of you! I always dreamt of the day that Jay and I would be able to have children but for some reasons always doubted my ability to carry a child. There are so many fears associated with pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.

Thankfully, we have made it to the second trimester and I’m already feeling much more human than I ever imagined possible. All of those old wives tales didn’t work out for me as well as I thought they would! This little boy has given me acne and the most difficult to deal with nausea I have ever experienced! Everyone thought he was a little girl because I have felt really bad. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t complain because some ladies get it SO bad. But, for me, I guess I just never knew you could feel the way morning sickness has made me feel!

I just wanted to share a really honest recap of my first trimester, because some days I felt really bad not just physically but mentally. Feeling sick, day after day, can in my opinion really do a number on your mental and emotional health. Despite carrying this little miracle of ours, I got really down and behind on all my duties in life. If you have a preference of how you would like these trimester recaps laid out or if I left out something you are curious about, just let me know!

First Trimester Recap

How did you find out you were pregnant?

Jay and I always knew we wanted a family and after a crazy ride at the beginning of this year, we decided that the second part of the year we would relax a bit and not put too much pressure on starting a family. We weren’t timing anything, instead we just made the choice to accept what would happen and I found out I was pregnant on August 5, 2019!

I was experiencing really sore breasts and I knew there could be a possibility that I was pregnant. I took a few test all of which were negative, which was obvious that I had taken them too early. After still experiencing this pain and having a crazy dream about that area, I decided to go purchase another test. I had just gotten home from grocery shopping and had to pee, so naturally I took the test. I wasn’t thinking it would be positive because I had take several negative ones and I hadn’t even put away my groceries yet! Immediately two dark lines appeared and I was just shaking. I was expecting it to be negative so it was a real shock!!

How did you tell Jay?

Jay got home a few minutes after I took the test. I always dreamed of having a cute outfit or something but I can’t believe he couldn’t see it on my face. I snuck the test into the top drawer of this nightstand. When he came in the bedroom I was making the bed. I know Jay is such a creature of habit, so I put the TV remote on his side of the bed, because I knew he would offer to help and would want to put the remote in his nightstand. I asked him if he could move the remote and sure enough he opened his drawer and was like “OMG! You’re Pregnant?!” He is so sweet. He just came straight to me and kissed me!

How are you feeling?

This part is going to be TMI, but honestly, I feel like everything is TMI during pregnancy! Truthfully, I have not felt great. For me, the nausea set in at about 5.5 to 6 weeks and continued to get worse. I felt like weeks 9 through 12 were the worse for me. I didn’t experience any vomiting until about 8 weeks and it started with just heaving. It slowly progressed into a little more but thankfully being physically sick only happened to me during the morning hours. I am now 17 weeks a experienced vomiting in week 16!

I spent a lot of time feeling tired and quite emotionally drained. I know, I know, this is one of the happiest times of my life but growing a life is not easy and can have various challenges! My first sign that I could be pregnant was sore breasts, like really sore! I also spent an entire day in bed so tired and just not able to get up. As the weeks passed, I was able to sneak in a few naps here and there. But, honestly, I’m not the best napper!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

Nothing really other than carbs and anything that didn’t have a lot of flavor. I did (and still do) eat a lot of Mexican food! I also wen through a phase of drinking a lot of milk and eating McGriddles! LOL. Basically, my diet hasn’t been very healthy!

As far as aversions, in the beginning basically any kind of food was a turn off! I struggle quite a bit. Pizza was a no go or really any red sauce for a few weeks. Thankfully, that went away. I’m not really wanting vegetables, which isn’t a good thing. Mostly, I just don’t want a big piece of meat which is making the food pretty unhealthy!

Best Part of the First Trimester

Hearing the baby’s heartbeat and having our first ultrasound at 8 weeks! It was so incredible to see the baby that had grown in just 8 weeks. I think I was still in such shock that I had a human growing in me, that the emotions didn’t happen until 12 weeks when he heard the heartbeat again. It was such a relief to have made it to 12 weeks and still have a heartbeat. I definitely teared up at that visit!

Worst Part of the First Trimester

NAUSEA. Honestly, this hit me like a train. I had no idea I would feel so sick, as you know by now! Also, I’m going to be honest with you here. I was extremely afraid that we would lose the baby.

Which Books Are You Reading?

I bought several books in the beginning because I thought I would be just dying to read them. But, I haven’t really been driven to read too many. My favorite book so far, which I kind of expected, is Bringing Up Bébé. There are a lot of parenting techniques that Jay and I really agree with in this book. I’m about half way finished and so far I have really enjoyed this book. I also bought this book from the Mayo Clinic which has been helpful. However, most everything in here you can easily read online.

Do You Have a Name Already?

The short answer is no, not yet. However, we do have a few narrowed down and one that we kind of already call him. So, maybe we have decided, it’s just not official? I’m not 100% sure! (haha)

One Thing You Love About Pregnancy So Far and One Think You Dislike?

So far, I love how my mood and outlook has improved. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some days are pretty rough. But, I have been surprised at how confident and positive I feel toward myself. It’s like I have a new love and appreciation for myself and my body. I definitely didn’t expect to feel this way at all, but I have never felt more like myself.

On the contrary, feeling so sick has also made me miserable. I had no clue that I would feel so terrible and that, that would get me so down. I just want to not feel sick when I wake up or piratically throughout the day.

This post has become much longer than I had expected it to be, so I hope you were able to make it this far! We are so excited to meet Baby P in the Spring and are so grateful for the love we have received!

First Trimester Recap

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Reading List: Summer 2018

October 30, 2019

Fashion

First off, I just want to say “Thank you so much!” for all of the love we received on the announcement of Baby P! We are so excited and can’t wait to share this journey with you. I have had several requests for a Fall Fashion video and that should be coming very soon. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share with you a few Fall Wish List items, that I love and thought you would enjoy too!

Instead of doing a traditional mood board style post, I thought it would be fun to switch it up and share what specific items are on my Fall Wish List and a few general examples of what I am choosing from. Hopefully, that makes sense?!

Sweater (old J.Crew similar here), Vest (old Burberry similar here), Bag, Boots

Long Camel Colored Coat or Cardigan

After purchasing this jacket last year, I have gotten so much wear out of it. I have decided that it I would love a longer camel colored, especially during this pregnancy. This one would is my absolute dream, but I don’t see myself paying that much this year. Maybe one day though! These are a few of my favorites with these two being at the top of my list!

Holiday Party Dress

Each year, I like to invest in a nice Holiday party dress or outfit. This Fall, I have a few black dresses on my wish list! Sometimes, I wish we had more holiday events to attend and had the opportunity to dress up. Do you have any Holiday Events this year that require you to dress up? I would love to know!

Good Jeans

These are looking like maternity jeans for me, this year! I desperately need to invest in a few pairs. I have my eye on these. However, a great pair of dark washed denim is essential for me each Fall and Winter!

Comfortable Sweaters and Turtlenecks

I am a HUGE fan of comfortable sweaters and turtlenecks in the Fall. I think a good classic turtleneck, in a couple of different colors (black or tan), is a staple in a classic closet! There are so many beautiful sweater options out there. Some of my go to’s are Madewell, J.Crew, Theory and Vince!

Cognac Bag and Shoes

Obviously the Cognac and Camel shades dictate my entire Fall and Winter wardrobe. I just can’t get enough of these classic colors. They pair perfectly with black and denim, which are staples as well. They are versatile and comfortable, yet classy and elegant. This Tory Burch bag is a great dupe for the highly coveted Hermes Kelly bag! What do you think? And shoes? Well a girl can never have too many of those!

Cape

My mom has the most beautiful Burberry cape that she looks so fabulous in! I have been wanting to add a nice cape to my closet for a while and haven’t quite found the one. I love that they work so great for Fall weather, especially in Virginia where it can be chilly but not full on cold.

Makeup

The holiday catalogues have already been doing their work on me. The whole one for you, two for me strategy is in full effect! I have been loving these eyesticks, hence this tutorial, and when I saw these two (1,2) sets I know that I need one!! I have also been considering this hairstyling tool and this facial tool, for post baby!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into What’s On My Fall Wishlist! I would love to know what is on your Fall Wishlist! Let me know in a comment.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

What’s On My Fall Wish List

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October 18, 2019

Lifestyle

For the past 3+ months, Jay and I have been tasked with keeping the biggest secret of our lives. We feel so blessed and incredibly happy to share that our little family of 3 (Morgan, Jay and Diesel) will be becoming 4 in April with our newest addition, Baby Parlett!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

What a crazy year this has been for our family and looking back I have never felt more blessed. Jay and I have spent the past 11 years together and have dreamed of the day that we would be able to expand our family! Diesel is the light of our life and nothing about that will ever change. The only thing that is changing is that he officially has seniority over this little one coming in April! I can’t wait to watch them grow and play together.

If you have followed us throughout the years you been with us through so many major life moments. The college years , Jay’s career as a firefighter, and other transitions. You came with us when we got engaged and married. We built our first home together and it took some time to settle in. We have had the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. At the end of the day, with God at the center we will conquer anything hand in hand.

The beginning of 2019 had a bit of a scary start for us. You can read about that here. But, the second half of this year has been sweeter than we could have ever imagined. February left us wondering if having a family would be possible for us. We faced several frightening realities and I could not be more thankful for God’s healing and my husbands health. Jay is the center of my world and I’m so grateful God reminded me what is most important in life.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Fast forward several months, my cheeks are streaming with tears of joy as I can finally share why I haven’t been posting as frequently. Growing a human is not as easy as I thought and this pregnancy has really given me a run for my money thus far. Thankfully, I am feeling better each day and the second trimester has already been totally different than the first. I can’t wait for the “Three Amigos” to become “The Quad Squad” in April. In case you are wondering, those are our little nicknames for our family.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

I already know that Jay is going to be the best Father because I am in such an awe of his love and compassion for Diesel every day. Their bond brings me to tears all the time because their love is so inspiring. I can’t wait to watch Diesel become the best Big Brother around. He loves children and really anyone who loves him back. Most importantly I am so grateful to God for trusting us to be this little ones parents. For blessing us with this baby’s life and the opportunity for us to be “The Quad Squad.”

I know there will be challenges in life and I am so grateful for these great moments. My little family is everything to me and I’m just so happy that its expanding into an even bigger collection of people I love.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Thank you so much for your continued love and support over the years, and most importantly, the past few months. Keeping this secret has not been easy but I’m grateful for the respect and privacy we have received!

Be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel for another announcement video in the next few days!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Dress

Shoes

Diesel’s Bow Tie

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Our Most Special Announcement… April 2020

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August 20, 2019

Lifestyle

As you know, Jay and I took our first trip to St. Barth’s in July and honestly it was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more. St. Barth’s is known for its elite luxury and chic clientele. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

We have already added beautiful St. Barth’s back onto our travel list as we learned so much and truly enjoyed our time spent on this unique island. My love for shopping, beaches, and good food were all satisfied and even amplified during our trip. If you are considering St. Barth’s as a travel destination, please, wait no longer!

Even though we have only been to St. Barth’s one time, I wanted to build a guide for you to use, based off of places we ate and enjoyed, shopped, and a few tips I would give for any first-time traveler. I will start with the practicalities and work my way to the little luxuries.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: What to Wear

St: Barth’s: The Basics

Language

After hearing that St. Barth’s was a French island, I had very few thoughts about how much French would actually be spoken on the island. While we never had any true difficulty communicating, I wish I would have brushed up on my French a little more, before our trip. With that said, it was so much fun learning new words and absorbing the French island culture. It made me feel very cosmopolitan if I do say so myself.

Getting There

While there are no direct flights into St. Barth’s, unless you are flying private that is, but it’s only a quick skip on Winair from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s. If you are extra luxe, I would definitely look into flying on Tradewind, but we don’t really have any complaints about Winair. The flight is only about 15 minutes and it’s is interesting landing in St. Barth’s to say the least!

Currency

Another slight inconvenience was the currency exchange. While U.S. Dollars are widely excepted, sometimes the conversion rate to Euros can be a bit tricky and not work in your favor. It was easy enough to get change, and we used our American Express Platinum whenever possible. I would still recommend exchanging a few hundred, or more, dollars exchanged Euros before getting to the island.

Transportation

If you are used to traveling to more populated islands, you might be surprised at the lack of taxis on St. Barth’s. In fact, this article shares that there are only 38 registered taxis on the island. Our hotel provided us with access to great taxis, if you are interested, just send me an email and I would be happy to provide their contact info. Next time, Jay and I will definitely rent a car and I would recommend that too.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Stay

We stayed at the incredible Le Sereno hotel that exceeded every expectation. The hotel itself was stunning and very private. With only 39 suites, it felt like we were almost the only people staying at the time! The food was next level and I still miss the baskets of freshly baked bread that you receive with every meal. The chocolate croissants are worth the stay!

The options for luxurious hotels are pretty much endless, for such a small island. Those that come highly recommended are Le Toiny, Le Barthélemy, Hotel Christopher, Cheval Blanc, Le Gunahani and several others. There are also so many beautiful properties to rent from extremely reasonable prices to Kardashian Worthy spots.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Eat

The food was one of my favorite things about St. Barth’s. Each restaurant seemed to have it’s own touch and way that they made similar dishes unique in their own way. I ate more Mahi Mahi than I ever have and I actually came home feeling so good and not bloated like most vacations!

We enjoyed several meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at our hotel at the Restaurant Le Sereno. It was just named “One of the world’s best restaurants.” by CNN. Each morning we were greeted with a basket of fresh bread and croissants, followed by a menu that was just perfect. The yogurt in St. Barth’s was the one thing I wish I could have brought home with me. The seasonal pineapple fruit was perfectly sliced and served placed back on the skin. For lunch, I would recommend the Club Sandwich, Fish Burger, or Nicoise Salad. All of which was unbeatable. For dinner, you will find a unique assortment of options, the Eggplant pasta was my favorite, along with small treats from the chef throughout your meal. The olive oil that is served with your bread is heavenly. I must find a way to purchase this! A true experience with a view and breeze.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno

We had lunch at Le Select, in Gustavia, which is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise song. To be honest, though, it wasn’t the best burger I have ever had but it made for a fun photo op!

Bonito is a must! I was recommended this spot by Emily, from 10th & James you must check out her blog. She gave us instructions to make a reservation for a good view. We ended up just showing up early and were thankfully able to get a good see. This restaurant has the best view of the Gustavia harbor and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's

Aux Amis Restaurant located in the Le Barthélemy hotel is another must, in my opinion. After having the chocolate soufflé, we had to come back for a second time. It was simply the best dessert I have ever had. But, I’m a chocolate soufflé kind of gal. I had the Local Fish with buttered linguini twice, it was just that good. Of course, the fish was Mahi Mahi and it was cooked exquisitely. If you have time, I would recommend going for an early drink at the rooftop bar. We enjoyed having a glass of wine and enjoying the view.

If you follow any celebrity or blogger on Instagram, chances are you have seen glimpses of Bagatelle in St. Tropez. Dancing on tables, day drinking, and grabbing that special “party” seating. Bagatelle in St. Barth’s is slightly different, as we went in the evening, but they don’t party any less. If anything, I think they party more! The food was wonderful and go for the truffle mashed potatoes if you don’t go for any other reason. I was really impressed by the amount of truffle and burrata on the island of St. Barth’s. Two of my favorite things, which happened to be served at almost every restaurant! If you check out my Instagram Story Highlights, the Bagatelle stories will feature the flashing chandelier followed by several hangover videos. It was well earned if I do say so myself!

Lastly, I will talk briefly about Shellona. The beach, the food, the decor, everything about Shellona is one of a kind. I would recommend renting a beach chair for the day, I believe they are 50 Euros per chair for the day, and spending your day swimming and collecting shells! For lunch, Shellona offers a variety of Greek Cuisine. The grilled meat has an intense flavor and if you’re lucky, as we were, and they have it, the burrata is the best here!

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

Beaches

St. Barth’s has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As I mentioned before, we did not rent a car and didn’t have cell service on the island, so unfortunately exploring too many beaches wasn’t an option for us this time around. There are several online resources (see the end of this blog post for more sources) that can provide you with all the most see beaches, that we will be using on our next visit!

However, we did make it to Shellona at Shell Beach and this is definitely a must! This is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches I have been too. The beach is made of shells, obviously, and the water is the most beautiful blue color you have ever seen! The water is cool and deep and great for swimming.

Shopping

The shopping was one of my main attractions when surveying St. Barth’s as a potential vacation destination. You could spend the day in Gustavia, but it only took us a few hours to make our way through everything. My love for luxury was heightened in St. Barth’s as everyone is just so Vogue. You will find everything from Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabbana, to Montaigne Market that carries Dr. Barbara Sturm, Zimmermann, Melissa Odabash and so much more. I also picked up a striped dress form Imrie, which you will love if you are into very simple and classic style. If you are looking for books, art, beach bags, or small home pieces, you must visit Clic. I wish I could have brought so many things home from this store, but thankfully they have an online shop, as do most of these other places!

This post has been extremely long so I will make the ending short and sweet. If you haven’t been to St. Barth’s and you love a beach vacation with style, you must go. For further reading and information on all of this beautiful islands musts, see the following articles! I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyable.

U.S. News Travel

Vogue

Travel + Leisure

St. Barth’s Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Sleep, Beach, and Shop

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November 12, 2019

Lifestyle

When I asked what types of Gift Guides you were hoping to see from me, one of the most highly requested ones was a Gift Guide for Your Pup! Diesel is obviously the center of our world and we love treating him with new toys, beds, treats, and other fun things on Christmas!

I was so excited to see that a Gift Guide for Your Pup was so requested because it truly excites me! For this guide, I compiled so of the cutest finds with some of our trusted favorites! This is at the top of my shopping list for him. I am so fascinated with it!

Gift Guide for Your Pup

Diesel’s Favorites

When the weather gets cold, in Virginia, I love strapping Diesel into his Orvis Coat! He looks so dapper and it keeps his little short haired booty warm! I couldn’t recommend this leash more. Diesel loves to run and whenever I walk him, in the yard, I always let him run back to the garage dragging his leash. He has had this one for over a year and it’s in perfect condition! In the past, he would always go through so many leashes because he loves to bite them. He would prefer to walk himself! He is a big fan of the ZippyPaws toys too!

Lastly, I wanted to briefly point out this bed. He actually has TWO of these beds. One in our master bedroom and one out in the keeping room. He loves them so much and I feel good about the quality of this bed. Sometimes, cheap dog beds aren’t supportive enough. Especially now that our little baby is getting a little older, I want to make sure his bones and joints are supported when he lays on his beds. Our family has owned several of these and I would highly recommend them to you!

Click on the images below to shop these items!

I hope you enjoyed this Gift Guide for Your Pup! What is your pups name?! Let me know in a comment!

Image by Tiffany Sigmon

Gift Guide for Your Pup

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November 8, 2019

Lifestyle

It doesn’t seem possible that I’m already writing my first trimester recap. For one, I honestly thought I would never live to see the day that the first trimester was over (more on that later) and also because the time is going by so quickly in some ways.

Being a mother has always been a dream of mine for many reasons. Obviously, little girls are given baby dolls and usually want to mother from a young age. Then, you meet the man of your dreams and couldn’t imagine anything better than creating a special little human that is made from both of you! I always dreamt of the day that Jay and I would be able to have children but for some reasons always doubted my ability to carry a child. There are so many fears associated with pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.

Thankfully, we have made it to the second trimester and I’m already feeling much more human than I ever imagined possible. All of those old wives tales didn’t work out for me as well as I thought they would! This little boy has given me acne and the most difficult to deal with nausea I have ever experienced! Everyone thought he was a little girl because I have felt really bad. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t complain because some ladies get it SO bad. But, for me, I guess I just never knew you could feel the way morning sickness has made me feel!

I just wanted to share a really honest recap of my first trimester, because some days I felt really bad not just physically but mentally. Feeling sick, day after day, can in my opinion really do a number on your mental and emotional health. Despite carrying this little miracle of ours, I got really down and behind on all my duties in life. If you have a preference of how you would like these trimester recaps laid out or if I left out something you are curious about, just let me know!

First Trimester Recap

How did you find out you were pregnant?

Jay and I always knew we wanted a family and after a crazy ride at the beginning of this year, we decided that the second part of the year we would relax a bit and not put too much pressure on starting a family. We weren’t timing anything, instead we just made the choice to accept what would happen and I found out I was pregnant on August 5, 2019!

I was experiencing really sore breasts and I knew there could be a possibility that I was pregnant. I took a few test all of which were negative, which was obvious that I had taken them too early. After still experiencing this pain and having a crazy dream about that area, I decided to go purchase another test. I had just gotten home from grocery shopping and had to pee, so naturally I took the test. I wasn’t thinking it would be positive because I had take several negative ones and I hadn’t even put away my groceries yet! Immediately two dark lines appeared and I was just shaking. I was expecting it to be negative so it was a real shock!!

How did you tell Jay?

Jay got home a few minutes after I took the test. I always dreamed of having a cute outfit or something but I can’t believe he couldn’t see it on my face. I snuck the test into the top drawer of this nightstand. When he came in the bedroom I was making the bed. I know Jay is such a creature of habit, so I put the TV remote on his side of the bed, because I knew he would offer to help and would want to put the remote in his nightstand. I asked him if he could move the remote and sure enough he opened his drawer and was like “OMG! You’re Pregnant?!” He is so sweet. He just came straight to me and kissed me!

How are you feeling?

This part is going to be TMI, but honestly, I feel like everything is TMI during pregnancy! Truthfully, I have not felt great. For me, the nausea set in at about 5.5 to 6 weeks and continued to get worse. I felt like weeks 9 through 12 were the worse for me. I didn’t experience any vomiting until about 8 weeks and it started with just heaving. It slowly progressed into a little more but thankfully being physically sick only happened to me during the morning hours. I am now 17 weeks a experienced vomiting in week 16!

I spent a lot of time feeling tired and quite emotionally drained. I know, I know, this is one of the happiest times of my life but growing a life is not easy and can have various challenges! My first sign that I could be pregnant was sore breasts, like really sore! I also spent an entire day in bed so tired and just not able to get up. As the weeks passed, I was able to sneak in a few naps here and there. But, honestly, I’m not the best napper!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

Nothing really other than carbs and anything that didn’t have a lot of flavor. I did (and still do) eat a lot of Mexican food! I also wen through a phase of drinking a lot of milk and eating McGriddles! LOL. Basically, my diet hasn’t been very healthy!

As far as aversions, in the beginning basically any kind of food was a turn off! I struggle quite a bit. Pizza was a no go or really any red sauce for a few weeks. Thankfully, that went away. I’m not really wanting vegetables, which isn’t a good thing. Mostly, I just don’t want a big piece of meat which is making the food pretty unhealthy!

Best Part of the First Trimester

Hearing the baby’s heartbeat and having our first ultrasound at 8 weeks! It was so incredible to see the baby that had grown in just 8 weeks. I think I was still in such shock that I had a human growing in me, that the emotions didn’t happen until 12 weeks when he heard the heartbeat again. It was such a relief to have made it to 12 weeks and still have a heartbeat. I definitely teared up at that visit!

Worst Part of the First Trimester

NAUSEA. Honestly, this hit me like a train. I had no idea I would feel so sick, as you know by now! Also, I’m going to be honest with you here. I was extremely afraid that we would lose the baby.

Which Books Are You Reading?

I bought several books in the beginning because I thought I would be just dying to read them. But, I haven’t really been driven to read too many. My favorite book so far, which I kind of expected, is Bringing Up Bébé. There are a lot of parenting techniques that Jay and I really agree with in this book. I’m about half way finished and so far I have really enjoyed this book. I also bought this book from the Mayo Clinic which has been helpful. However, most everything in here you can easily read online.

Do You Have a Name Already?

The short answer is no, not yet. However, we do have a few narrowed down and one that we kind of already call him. So, maybe we have decided, it’s just not official? I’m not 100% sure! (haha)

One Thing You Love About Pregnancy So Far and One Think You Dislike?

So far, I love how my mood and outlook has improved. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some days are pretty rough. But, I have been surprised at how confident and positive I feel toward myself. It’s like I have a new love and appreciation for myself and my body. I definitely didn’t expect to feel this way at all, but I have never felt more like myself.

On the contrary, feeling so sick has also made me miserable. I had no clue that I would feel so terrible and that, that would get me so down. I just want to not feel sick when I wake up or piratically throughout the day.

This post has become much longer than I had expected it to be, so I hope you were able to make it this far! We are so excited to meet Baby P in the Spring and are so grateful for the love we have received!

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October 30, 2019

Fashion

First off, I just want to say “Thank you so much!” for all of the love we received on the announcement of Baby P! We are so excited and can’t wait to share this journey with you. I have had several requests for a Fall Fashion video and that should be coming very soon. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share with you a few Fall Wish List items, that I love and thought you would enjoy too!

Instead of doing a traditional mood board style post, I thought it would be fun to switch it up and share what specific items are on my Fall Wish List and a few general examples of what I am choosing from. Hopefully, that makes sense?!

Sweater (old J.Crew similar here), Vest (old Burberry similar here), Bag, Boots

Long Camel Colored Coat or Cardigan

After purchasing this jacket last year, I have gotten so much wear out of it. I have decided that it I would love a longer camel colored, especially during this pregnancy. This one would is my absolute dream, but I don’t see myself paying that much this year. Maybe one day though! These are a few of my favorites with these two being at the top of my list!

Holiday Party Dress

Each year, I like to invest in a nice Holiday party dress or outfit. This Fall, I have a few black dresses on my wish list! Sometimes, I wish we had more holiday events to attend and had the opportunity to dress up. Do you have any Holiday Events this year that require you to dress up? I would love to know!

Good Jeans

These are looking like maternity jeans for me, this year! I desperately need to invest in a few pairs. I have my eye on these. However, a great pair of dark washed denim is essential for me each Fall and Winter!

Comfortable Sweaters and Turtlenecks

I am a HUGE fan of comfortable sweaters and turtlenecks in the Fall. I think a good classic turtleneck, in a couple of different colors (black or tan), is a staple in a classic closet! There are so many beautiful sweater options out there. Some of my go to’s are Madewell, J.Crew, Theory and Vince!

Cognac Bag and Shoes

Obviously the Cognac and Camel shades dictate my entire Fall and Winter wardrobe. I just can’t get enough of these classic colors. They pair perfectly with black and denim, which are staples as well. They are versatile and comfortable, yet classy and elegant. This Tory Burch bag is a great dupe for the highly coveted Hermes Kelly bag! What do you think? And shoes? Well a girl can never have too many of those!

Cape

My mom has the most beautiful Burberry cape that she looks so fabulous in! I have been wanting to add a nice cape to my closet for a while and haven’t quite found the one. I love that they work so great for Fall weather, especially in Virginia where it can be chilly but not full on cold.

Makeup

The holiday catalogues have already been doing their work on me. The whole one for you, two for me strategy is in full effect! I have been loving these eyesticks, hence this tutorial, and when I saw these two (1,2) sets I know that I need one!! I have also been considering this hairstyling tool and this facial tool, for post baby!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into What’s On My Fall Wishlist! I would love to know what is on your Fall Wishlist! Let me know in a comment.

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October 18, 2019

Lifestyle

For the past 3+ months, Jay and I have been tasked with keeping the biggest secret of our lives. We feel so blessed and incredibly happy to share that our little family of 3 (Morgan, Jay and Diesel) will be becoming 4 in April with our newest addition, Baby Parlett!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

What a crazy year this has been for our family and looking back I have never felt more blessed. Jay and I have spent the past 11 years together and have dreamed of the day that we would be able to expand our family! Diesel is the light of our life and nothing about that will ever change. The only thing that is changing is that he officially has seniority over this little one coming in April! I can’t wait to watch them grow and play together.

If you have followed us throughout the years you been with us through so many major life moments. The college years , Jay’s career as a firefighter, and other transitions. You came with us when we got engaged and married. We built our first home together and it took some time to settle in. We have had the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. At the end of the day, with God at the center we will conquer anything hand in hand.

The beginning of 2019 had a bit of a scary start for us. You can read about that here. But, the second half of this year has been sweeter than we could have ever imagined. February left us wondering if having a family would be possible for us. We faced several frightening realities and I could not be more thankful for God’s healing and my husbands health. Jay is the center of my world and I’m so grateful God reminded me what is most important in life.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Fast forward several months, my cheeks are streaming with tears of joy as I can finally share why I haven’t been posting as frequently. Growing a human is not as easy as I thought and this pregnancy has really given me a run for my money thus far. Thankfully, I am feeling better each day and the second trimester has already been totally different than the first. I can’t wait for the “Three Amigos” to become “The Quad Squad” in April. In case you are wondering, those are our little nicknames for our family.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

I already know that Jay is going to be the best Father because I am in such an awe of his love and compassion for Diesel every day. Their bond brings me to tears all the time because their love is so inspiring. I can’t wait to watch Diesel become the best Big Brother around. He loves children and really anyone who loves him back. Most importantly I am so grateful to God for trusting us to be this little ones parents. For blessing us with this baby’s life and the opportunity for us to be “The Quad Squad.”

I know there will be challenges in life and I am so grateful for these great moments. My little family is everything to me and I’m just so happy that its expanding into an even bigger collection of people I love.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Thank you so much for your continued love and support over the years, and most importantly, the past few months. Keeping this secret has not been easy but I’m grateful for the respect and privacy we have received!

Be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel for another announcement video in the next few days!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

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Diesel’s Bow Tie

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August 20, 2019

Lifestyle

As you know, Jay and I took our first trip to St. Barth’s in July and honestly it was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more. St. Barth’s is known for its elite luxury and chic clientele. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

We have already added beautiful St. Barth’s back onto our travel list as we learned so much and truly enjoyed our time spent on this unique island. My love for shopping, beaches, and good food were all satisfied and even amplified during our trip. If you are considering St. Barth’s as a travel destination, please, wait no longer!

Even though we have only been to St. Barth’s one time, I wanted to build a guide for you to use, based off of places we ate and enjoyed, shopped, and a few tips I would give for any first-time traveler. I will start with the practicalities and work my way to the little luxuries.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: What to Wear

St: Barth’s: The Basics

Language

After hearing that St. Barth’s was a French island, I had very few thoughts about how much French would actually be spoken on the island. While we never had any true difficulty communicating, I wish I would have brushed up on my French a little more, before our trip. With that said, it was so much fun learning new words and absorbing the French island culture. It made me feel very cosmopolitan if I do say so myself.

Getting There

While there are no direct flights into St. Barth’s, unless you are flying private that is, but it’s only a quick skip on Winair from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s. If you are extra luxe, I would definitely look into flying on Tradewind, but we don’t really have any complaints about Winair. The flight is only about 15 minutes and it’s is interesting landing in St. Barth’s to say the least!

Currency

Another slight inconvenience was the currency exchange. While U.S. Dollars are widely excepted, sometimes the conversion rate to Euros can be a bit tricky and not work in your favor. It was easy enough to get change, and we used our American Express Platinum whenever possible. I would still recommend exchanging a few hundred, or more, dollars exchanged Euros before getting to the island.

Transportation

If you are used to traveling to more populated islands, you might be surprised at the lack of taxis on St. Barth’s. In fact, this article shares that there are only 38 registered taxis on the island. Our hotel provided us with access to great taxis, if you are interested, just send me an email and I would be happy to provide their contact info. Next time, Jay and I will definitely rent a car and I would recommend that too.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Stay

We stayed at the incredible Le Sereno hotel that exceeded every expectation. The hotel itself was stunning and very private. With only 39 suites, it felt like we were almost the only people staying at the time! The food was next level and I still miss the baskets of freshly baked bread that you receive with every meal. The chocolate croissants are worth the stay!

The options for luxurious hotels are pretty much endless, for such a small island. Those that come highly recommended are Le Toiny, Le Barthélemy, Hotel Christopher, Cheval Blanc, Le Gunahani and several others. There are also so many beautiful properties to rent from extremely reasonable prices to Kardashian Worthy spots.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Eat

The food was one of my favorite things about St. Barth’s. Each restaurant seemed to have it’s own touch and way that they made similar dishes unique in their own way. I ate more Mahi Mahi than I ever have and I actually came home feeling so good and not bloated like most vacations!

We enjoyed several meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at our hotel at the Restaurant Le Sereno. It was just named “One of the world’s best restaurants.” by CNN. Each morning we were greeted with a basket of fresh bread and croissants, followed by a menu that was just perfect. The yogurt in St. Barth’s was the one thing I wish I could have brought home with me. The seasonal pineapple fruit was perfectly sliced and served placed back on the skin. For lunch, I would recommend the Club Sandwich, Fish Burger, or Nicoise Salad. All of which was unbeatable. For dinner, you will find a unique assortment of options, the Eggplant pasta was my favorite, along with small treats from the chef throughout your meal. The olive oil that is served with your bread is heavenly. I must find a way to purchase this! A true experience with a view and breeze.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno

We had lunch at Le Select, in Gustavia, which is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise song. To be honest, though, it wasn’t the best burger I have ever had but it made for a fun photo op!

Bonito is a must! I was recommended this spot by Emily, from 10th & James you must check out her blog. She gave us instructions to make a reservation for a good view. We ended up just showing up early and were thankfully able to get a good see. This restaurant has the best view of the Gustavia harbor and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's

Aux Amis Restaurant located in the Le Barthélemy hotel is another must, in my opinion. After having the chocolate soufflé, we had to come back for a second time. It was simply the best dessert I have ever had. But, I’m a chocolate soufflé kind of gal. I had the Local Fish with buttered linguini twice, it was just that good. Of course, the fish was Mahi Mahi and it was cooked exquisitely. If you have time, I would recommend going for an early drink at the rooftop bar. We enjoyed having a glass of wine and enjoying the view.

If you follow any celebrity or blogger on Instagram, chances are you have seen glimpses of Bagatelle in St. Tropez. Dancing on tables, day drinking, and grabbing that special “party” seating. Bagatelle in St. Barth’s is slightly different, as we went in the evening, but they don’t party any less. If anything, I think they party more! The food was wonderful and go for the truffle mashed potatoes if you don’t go for any other reason. I was really impressed by the amount of truffle and burrata on the island of St. Barth’s. Two of my favorite things, which happened to be served at almost every restaurant! If you check out my Instagram Story Highlights, the Bagatelle stories will feature the flashing chandelier followed by several hangover videos. It was well earned if I do say so myself!

Lastly, I will talk briefly about Shellona. The beach, the food, the decor, everything about Shellona is one of a kind. I would recommend renting a beach chair for the day, I believe they are 50 Euros per chair for the day, and spending your day swimming and collecting shells! For lunch, Shellona offers a variety of Greek Cuisine. The grilled meat has an intense flavor and if you’re lucky, as we were, and they have it, the burrata is the best here!

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

Beaches

St. Barth’s has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As I mentioned before, we did not rent a car and didn’t have cell service on the island, so unfortunately exploring too many beaches wasn’t an option for us this time around. There are several online resources (see the end of this blog post for more sources) that can provide you with all the most see beaches, that we will be using on our next visit!

However, we did make it to Shellona at Shell Beach and this is definitely a must! This is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches I have been too. The beach is made of shells, obviously, and the water is the most beautiful blue color you have ever seen! The water is cool and deep and great for swimming.

Shopping

The shopping was one of my main attractions when surveying St. Barth’s as a potential vacation destination. You could spend the day in Gustavia, but it only took us a few hours to make our way through everything. My love for luxury was heightened in St. Barth’s as everyone is just so Vogue. You will find everything from Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabbana, to Montaigne Market that carries Dr. Barbara Sturm, Zimmermann, Melissa Odabash and so much more. I also picked up a striped dress form Imrie, which you will love if you are into very simple and classic style. If you are looking for books, art, beach bags, or small home pieces, you must visit Clic. I wish I could have brought so many things home from this store, but thankfully they have an online shop, as do most of these other places!

This post has been extremely long so I will make the ending short and sweet. If you haven’t been to St. Barth’s and you love a beach vacation with style, you must go. For further reading and information on all of this beautiful islands musts, see the following articles! I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyable.

U.S. News Travel

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July 11, 2019

Lifestyle

The illusion off happiness. That’s exactly it. Social media is a compilation of images from those you know, and those you don’t, displaying a precisely edited version of their perfect life, that in most cases is not nearly that perfect. Thankfully, I believe that Instagram stories have created a space where people have began to openly share the imperfect moments in their life. 

One thing that I have struggled with for years, as I have become surrounded by these curated lifestyles and platforms that are essentially necessary for my business to survive, is how can I find clarity and joy amongst the filters and perfection?

As an influencer and content creator, my job is to create beautiful #goalworthy images and in some cases, I really love doing that. But, when the pressure of perfection creeps in, I find myself doubting my abilities and my authenticity. How can we do our jobs and still remain mentally sane at the end of the day? I think this headingclarified that for me. Chase joy- not the illusion of happiness. 

They always say the first step is realizing that you have a problem and that has been hard for me. Maybe not so much realizing that I have a problem, I think we are all aware of the dangers of comparison. Instead, I struggle with the ability to recognize when that problem is beginning to affect me mentally and emotionally,and is driving my daily decisionmaking process.

Chase joy- not the illusion of happiness. 

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5 Ways I Chase Joy- not the illusion of happiness

Lately, I have done my best to start learning to recognize this slippery slope and give myself some space to gain clarity and peace before falling victim. When I read that heading, I felt like it truly put the words to a feeling that I have had for so long, but could never quite express well. So, what do I when I feel that anxious urge coming on? Here are a few things…

Cooking

This doesn’t always work because in the middle of a stressful week, sometimes you just need takeout. But, if you aren’t too exhausted, just a little anxious, I find the best remedy for me is: turning on my favorite Pandora cooking station (French Cooking Music), pouring myself a glass of wine, putting away my phone and mixing up some of my favorite ingredients to make a delicious meal for Jay and I.

Walking

Most of the time it isn’t very far, but I’d say at least twice, usually three times a day, we take walks to our mailbox and back. We have a nice long driveway so this trip only takes a few minutes and is just enough to get a little fresh air and stretch out a bit.

Gardening

As with the mailbox journey, I make several trips to our garden each day just to check in on our plants and myself. It gives me clarity and brings me joy. Even if nothing has changed all too much. Slow growth is good. It helps me clear some space in my head for something that is intentional and full of life.

Playing a Game

The most important thing I can do is to put my laptop and cell phone away. Jay and I have found one of the best escapes is to play a board game or a card game. Some of our favorites are Battleship and Crazy 8’s!

Get Creative and Try Something New

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at my first ever IGTV video and it brought on an entirely new aspect to my business. Not to mention, it was pretty fun and brought me so much joy to try something new. The week before that, I took a few minutes and cut some of our lavender and dried it out. I put it in little sachets and it smells incredible.

There you have it. These are a few ways I chase joy in my life when I am beginning to feel bogged down mentally and emotionally. I would love to know if this is something that you suffer from as well and what you do to keep yourself joyful and light.

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November 8, 2019

Lifestyle

It doesn’t seem possible that I’m already writing my first trimester recap. For one, I honestly thought I would never live to see the day that the first trimester was over (more on that later) and also because the time is going by so quickly in some ways.

Being a mother has always been a dream of mine for many reasons. Obviously, little girls are given baby dolls and usually want to mother from a young age. Then, you meet the man of your dreams and couldn’t imagine anything better than creating a special little human that is made from both of you! I always dreamt of the day that Jay and I would be able to have children but for some reasons always doubted my ability to carry a child. There are so many fears associated with pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.

Thankfully, we have made it to the second trimester and I’m already feeling much more human than I ever imagined possible. All of those old wives tales didn’t work out for me as well as I thought they would! This little boy has given me acne and the most difficult to deal with nausea I have ever experienced! Everyone thought he was a little girl because I have felt really bad. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t complain because some ladies get it SO bad. But, for me, I guess I just never knew you could feel the way morning sickness has made me feel!

I just wanted to share a really honest recap of my first trimester, because some days I felt really bad not just physically but mentally. Feeling sick, day after day, can in my opinion really do a number on your mental and emotional health. Despite carrying this little miracle of ours, I got really down and behind on all my duties in life. If you have a preference of how you would like these trimester recaps laid out or if I left out something you are curious about, just let me know!

First Trimester Recap

How did you find out you were pregnant?

Jay and I always knew we wanted a family and after a crazy ride at the beginning of this year, we decided that the second part of the year we would relax a bit and not put too much pressure on starting a family. We weren’t timing anything, instead we just made the choice to accept what would happen and I found out I was pregnant on August 5, 2019!

I was experiencing really sore breasts and I knew there could be a possibility that I was pregnant. I took a few test all of which were negative, which was obvious that I had taken them too early. After still experiencing this pain and having a crazy dream about that area, I decided to go purchase another test. I had just gotten home from grocery shopping and had to pee, so naturally I took the test. I wasn’t thinking it would be positive because I had take several negative ones and I hadn’t even put away my groceries yet! Immediately two dark lines appeared and I was just shaking. I was expecting it to be negative so it was a real shock!!

How did you tell Jay?

Jay got home a few minutes after I took the test. I always dreamed of having a cute outfit or something but I can’t believe he couldn’t see it on my face. I snuck the test into the top drawer of this nightstand. When he came in the bedroom I was making the bed. I know Jay is such a creature of habit, so I put the TV remote on his side of the bed, because I knew he would offer to help and would want to put the remote in his nightstand. I asked him if he could move the remote and sure enough he opened his drawer and was like “OMG! You’re Pregnant?!” He is so sweet. He just came straight to me and kissed me!

How are you feeling?

This part is going to be TMI, but honestly, I feel like everything is TMI during pregnancy! Truthfully, I have not felt great. For me, the nausea set in at about 5.5 to 6 weeks and continued to get worse. I felt like weeks 9 through 12 were the worse for me. I didn’t experience any vomiting until about 8 weeks and it started with just heaving. It slowly progressed into a little more but thankfully being physically sick only happened to me during the morning hours. I am now 17 weeks a experienced vomiting in week 16!

I spent a lot of time feeling tired and quite emotionally drained. I know, I know, this is one of the happiest times of my life but growing a life is not easy and can have various challenges! My first sign that I could be pregnant was sore breasts, like really sore! I also spent an entire day in bed so tired and just not able to get up. As the weeks passed, I was able to sneak in a few naps here and there. But, honestly, I’m not the best napper!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

Nothing really other than carbs and anything that didn’t have a lot of flavor. I did (and still do) eat a lot of Mexican food! I also wen through a phase of drinking a lot of milk and eating McGriddles! LOL. Basically, my diet hasn’t been very healthy!

As far as aversions, in the beginning basically any kind of food was a turn off! I struggle quite a bit. Pizza was a no go or really any red sauce for a few weeks. Thankfully, that went away. I’m not really wanting vegetables, which isn’t a good thing. Mostly, I just don’t want a big piece of meat which is making the food pretty unhealthy!

Best Part of the First Trimester

Hearing the baby’s heartbeat and having our first ultrasound at 8 weeks! It was so incredible to see the baby that had grown in just 8 weeks. I think I was still in such shock that I had a human growing in me, that the emotions didn’t happen until 12 weeks when he heard the heartbeat again. It was such a relief to have made it to 12 weeks and still have a heartbeat. I definitely teared up at that visit!

Worst Part of the First Trimester

NAUSEA. Honestly, this hit me like a train. I had no idea I would feel so sick, as you know by now! Also, I’m going to be honest with you here. I was extremely afraid that we would lose the baby.

Which Books Are You Reading?

I bought several books in the beginning because I thought I would be just dying to read them. But, I haven’t really been driven to read too many. My favorite book so far, which I kind of expected, is Bringing Up Bébé. There are a lot of parenting techniques that Jay and I really agree with in this book. I’m about half way finished and so far I have really enjoyed this book. I also bought this book from the Mayo Clinic which has been helpful. However, most everything in here you can easily read online.

Do You Have a Name Already?

The short answer is no, not yet. However, we do have a few narrowed down and one that we kind of already call him. So, maybe we have decided, it’s just not official? I’m not 100% sure! (haha)

One Thing You Love About Pregnancy So Far and One Think You Dislike?

So far, I love how my mood and outlook has improved. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some days are pretty rough. But, I have been surprised at how confident and positive I feel toward myself. It’s like I have a new love and appreciation for myself and my body. I definitely didn’t expect to feel this way at all, but I have never felt more like myself.

On the contrary, feeling so sick has also made me miserable. I had no clue that I would feel so terrible and that, that would get me so down. I just want to not feel sick when I wake up or piratically throughout the day.

This post has become much longer than I had expected it to be, so I hope you were able to make it this far! We are so excited to meet Baby P in the Spring and are so grateful for the love we have received!

First Trimester Recap

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October 30, 2019

Fashion

First off, I just want to say “Thank you so much!” for all of the love we received on the announcement of Baby P! We are so excited and can’t wait to share this journey with you. I have had several requests for a Fall Fashion video and that should be coming very soon. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share with you a few Fall Wish List items, that I love and thought you would enjoy too!

Instead of doing a traditional mood board style post, I thought it would be fun to switch it up and share what specific items are on my Fall Wish List and a few general examples of what I am choosing from. Hopefully, that makes sense?!

Sweater (old J.Crew similar here), Vest (old Burberry similar here), Bag, Boots

Long Camel Colored Coat or Cardigan

After purchasing this jacket last year, I have gotten so much wear out of it. I have decided that it I would love a longer camel colored, especially during this pregnancy. This one would is my absolute dream, but I don’t see myself paying that much this year. Maybe one day though! These are a few of my favorites with these two being at the top of my list!

Holiday Party Dress

Each year, I like to invest in a nice Holiday party dress or outfit. This Fall, I have a few black dresses on my wish list! Sometimes, I wish we had more holiday events to attend and had the opportunity to dress up. Do you have any Holiday Events this year that require you to dress up? I would love to know!

Good Jeans

These are looking like maternity jeans for me, this year! I desperately need to invest in a few pairs. I have my eye on these. However, a great pair of dark washed denim is essential for me each Fall and Winter!

Comfortable Sweaters and Turtlenecks

I am a HUGE fan of comfortable sweaters and turtlenecks in the Fall. I think a good classic turtleneck, in a couple of different colors (black or tan), is a staple in a classic closet! There are so many beautiful sweater options out there. Some of my go to’s are Madewell, J.Crew, Theory and Vince!

Cognac Bag and Shoes

Obviously the Cognac and Camel shades dictate my entire Fall and Winter wardrobe. I just can’t get enough of these classic colors. They pair perfectly with black and denim, which are staples as well. They are versatile and comfortable, yet classy and elegant. This Tory Burch bag is a great dupe for the highly coveted Hermes Kelly bag! What do you think? And shoes? Well a girl can never have too many of those!

Cape

My mom has the most beautiful Burberry cape that she looks so fabulous in! I have been wanting to add a nice cape to my closet for a while and haven’t quite found the one. I love that they work so great for Fall weather, especially in Virginia where it can be chilly but not full on cold.

Makeup

The holiday catalogues have already been doing their work on me. The whole one for you, two for me strategy is in full effect! I have been loving these eyesticks, hence this tutorial, and when I saw these two (1,2) sets I know that I need one!! I have also been considering this hairstyling tool and this facial tool, for post baby!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into What’s On My Fall Wishlist! I would love to know what is on your Fall Wishlist! Let me know in a comment.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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October 18, 2019

Lifestyle

For the past 3+ months, Jay and I have been tasked with keeping the biggest secret of our lives. We feel so blessed and incredibly happy to share that our little family of 3 (Morgan, Jay and Diesel) will be becoming 4 in April with our newest addition, Baby Parlett!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

What a crazy year this has been for our family and looking back I have never felt more blessed. Jay and I have spent the past 11 years together and have dreamed of the day that we would be able to expand our family! Diesel is the light of our life and nothing about that will ever change. The only thing that is changing is that he officially has seniority over this little one coming in April! I can’t wait to watch them grow and play together.

If you have followed us throughout the years you been with us through so many major life moments. The college years , Jay’s career as a firefighter, and other transitions. You came with us when we got engaged and married. We built our first home together and it took some time to settle in. We have had the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. At the end of the day, with God at the center we will conquer anything hand in hand.

The beginning of 2019 had a bit of a scary start for us. You can read about that here. But, the second half of this year has been sweeter than we could have ever imagined. February left us wondering if having a family would be possible for us. We faced several frightening realities and I could not be more thankful for God’s healing and my husbands health. Jay is the center of my world and I’m so grateful God reminded me what is most important in life.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Fast forward several months, my cheeks are streaming with tears of joy as I can finally share why I haven’t been posting as frequently. Growing a human is not as easy as I thought and this pregnancy has really given me a run for my money thus far. Thankfully, I am feeling better each day and the second trimester has already been totally different than the first. I can’t wait for the “Three Amigos” to become “The Quad Squad” in April. In case you are wondering, those are our little nicknames for our family.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

I already know that Jay is going to be the best Father because I am in such an awe of his love and compassion for Diesel every day. Their bond brings me to tears all the time because their love is so inspiring. I can’t wait to watch Diesel become the best Big Brother around. He loves children and really anyone who loves him back. Most importantly I am so grateful to God for trusting us to be this little ones parents. For blessing us with this baby’s life and the opportunity for us to be “The Quad Squad.”

I know there will be challenges in life and I am so grateful for these great moments. My little family is everything to me and I’m just so happy that its expanding into an even bigger collection of people I love.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Thank you so much for your continued love and support over the years, and most importantly, the past few months. Keeping this secret has not been easy but I’m grateful for the respect and privacy we have received!

Be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel for another announcement video in the next few days!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

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Diesel’s Bow Tie

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August 20, 2019

Lifestyle

As you know, Jay and I took our first trip to St. Barth’s in July and honestly it was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more. St. Barth’s is known for its elite luxury and chic clientele. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

We have already added beautiful St. Barth’s back onto our travel list as we learned so much and truly enjoyed our time spent on this unique island. My love for shopping, beaches, and good food were all satisfied and even amplified during our trip. If you are considering St. Barth’s as a travel destination, please, wait no longer!

Even though we have only been to St. Barth’s one time, I wanted to build a guide for you to use, based off of places we ate and enjoyed, shopped, and a few tips I would give for any first-time traveler. I will start with the practicalities and work my way to the little luxuries.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: What to Wear

St: Barth’s: The Basics

Language

After hearing that St. Barth’s was a French island, I had very few thoughts about how much French would actually be spoken on the island. While we never had any true difficulty communicating, I wish I would have brushed up on my French a little more, before our trip. With that said, it was so much fun learning new words and absorbing the French island culture. It made me feel very cosmopolitan if I do say so myself.

Getting There

While there are no direct flights into St. Barth’s, unless you are flying private that is, but it’s only a quick skip on Winair from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s. If you are extra luxe, I would definitely look into flying on Tradewind, but we don’t really have any complaints about Winair. The flight is only about 15 minutes and it’s is interesting landing in St. Barth’s to say the least!

Currency

Another slight inconvenience was the currency exchange. While U.S. Dollars are widely excepted, sometimes the conversion rate to Euros can be a bit tricky and not work in your favor. It was easy enough to get change, and we used our American Express Platinum whenever possible. I would still recommend exchanging a few hundred, or more, dollars exchanged Euros before getting to the island.

Transportation

If you are used to traveling to more populated islands, you might be surprised at the lack of taxis on St. Barth’s. In fact, this article shares that there are only 38 registered taxis on the island. Our hotel provided us with access to great taxis, if you are interested, just send me an email and I would be happy to provide their contact info. Next time, Jay and I will definitely rent a car and I would recommend that too.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Stay

We stayed at the incredible Le Sereno hotel that exceeded every expectation. The hotel itself was stunning and very private. With only 39 suites, it felt like we were almost the only people staying at the time! The food was next level and I still miss the baskets of freshly baked bread that you receive with every meal. The chocolate croissants are worth the stay!

The options for luxurious hotels are pretty much endless, for such a small island. Those that come highly recommended are Le Toiny, Le Barthélemy, Hotel Christopher, Cheval Blanc, Le Gunahani and several others. There are also so many beautiful properties to rent from extremely reasonable prices to Kardashian Worthy spots.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Eat

The food was one of my favorite things about St. Barth’s. Each restaurant seemed to have it’s own touch and way that they made similar dishes unique in their own way. I ate more Mahi Mahi than I ever have and I actually came home feeling so good and not bloated like most vacations!

We enjoyed several meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at our hotel at the Restaurant Le Sereno. It was just named “One of the world’s best restaurants.” by CNN. Each morning we were greeted with a basket of fresh bread and croissants, followed by a menu that was just perfect. The yogurt in St. Barth’s was the one thing I wish I could have brought home with me. The seasonal pineapple fruit was perfectly sliced and served placed back on the skin. For lunch, I would recommend the Club Sandwich, Fish Burger, or Nicoise Salad. All of which was unbeatable. For dinner, you will find a unique assortment of options, the Eggplant pasta was my favorite, along with small treats from the chef throughout your meal. The olive oil that is served with your bread is heavenly. I must find a way to purchase this! A true experience with a view and breeze.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno

We had lunch at Le Select, in Gustavia, which is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise song. To be honest, though, it wasn’t the best burger I have ever had but it made for a fun photo op!

Bonito is a must! I was recommended this spot by Emily, from 10th & James you must check out her blog. She gave us instructions to make a reservation for a good view. We ended up just showing up early and were thankfully able to get a good see. This restaurant has the best view of the Gustavia harbor and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's

Aux Amis Restaurant located in the Le Barthélemy hotel is another must, in my opinion. After having the chocolate soufflé, we had to come back for a second time. It was simply the best dessert I have ever had. But, I’m a chocolate soufflé kind of gal. I had the Local Fish with buttered linguini twice, it was just that good. Of course, the fish was Mahi Mahi and it was cooked exquisitely. If you have time, I would recommend going for an early drink at the rooftop bar. We enjoyed having a glass of wine and enjoying the view.

If you follow any celebrity or blogger on Instagram, chances are you have seen glimpses of Bagatelle in St. Tropez. Dancing on tables, day drinking, and grabbing that special “party” seating. Bagatelle in St. Barth’s is slightly different, as we went in the evening, but they don’t party any less. If anything, I think they party more! The food was wonderful and go for the truffle mashed potatoes if you don’t go for any other reason. I was really impressed by the amount of truffle and burrata on the island of St. Barth’s. Two of my favorite things, which happened to be served at almost every restaurant! If you check out my Instagram Story Highlights, the Bagatelle stories will feature the flashing chandelier followed by several hangover videos. It was well earned if I do say so myself!

Lastly, I will talk briefly about Shellona. The beach, the food, the decor, everything about Shellona is one of a kind. I would recommend renting a beach chair for the day, I believe they are 50 Euros per chair for the day, and spending your day swimming and collecting shells! For lunch, Shellona offers a variety of Greek Cuisine. The grilled meat has an intense flavor and if you’re lucky, as we were, and they have it, the burrata is the best here!

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

Beaches

St. Barth’s has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As I mentioned before, we did not rent a car and didn’t have cell service on the island, so unfortunately exploring too many beaches wasn’t an option for us this time around. There are several online resources (see the end of this blog post for more sources) that can provide you with all the most see beaches, that we will be using on our next visit!

However, we did make it to Shellona at Shell Beach and this is definitely a must! This is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches I have been too. The beach is made of shells, obviously, and the water is the most beautiful blue color you have ever seen! The water is cool and deep and great for swimming.

Shopping

The shopping was one of my main attractions when surveying St. Barth’s as a potential vacation destination. You could spend the day in Gustavia, but it only took us a few hours to make our way through everything. My love for luxury was heightened in St. Barth’s as everyone is just so Vogue. You will find everything from Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabbana, to Montaigne Market that carries Dr. Barbara Sturm, Zimmermann, Melissa Odabash and so much more. I also picked up a striped dress form Imrie, which you will love if you are into very simple and classic style. If you are looking for books, art, beach bags, or small home pieces, you must visit Clic. I wish I could have brought so many things home from this store, but thankfully they have an online shop, as do most of these other places!

This post has been extremely long so I will make the ending short and sweet. If you haven’t been to St. Barth’s and you love a beach vacation with style, you must go. For further reading and information on all of this beautiful islands musts, see the following articles! I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyable.

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Vogue

Travel + Leisure

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July 11, 2019

Lifestyle

The illusion off happiness. That’s exactly it. Social media is a compilation of images from those you know, and those you don’t, displaying a precisely edited version of their perfect life, that in most cases is not nearly that perfect. Thankfully, I believe that Instagram stories have created a space where people have began to openly share the imperfect moments in their life. 

One thing that I have struggled with for years, as I have become surrounded by these curated lifestyles and platforms that are essentially necessary for my business to survive, is how can I find clarity and joy amongst the filters and perfection?

As an influencer and content creator, my job is to create beautiful #goalworthy images and in some cases, I really love doing that. But, when the pressure of perfection creeps in, I find myself doubting my abilities and my authenticity. How can we do our jobs and still remain mentally sane at the end of the day? I think this headingclarified that for me. Chase joy- not the illusion of happiness. 

They always say the first step is realizing that you have a problem and that has been hard for me. Maybe not so much realizing that I have a problem, I think we are all aware of the dangers of comparison. Instead, I struggle with the ability to recognize when that problem is beginning to affect me mentally and emotionally,and is driving my daily decisionmaking process.

Chase joy- not the illusion of happiness. 

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5 Ways I Chase Joy- not the illusion of happiness

Lately, I have done my best to start learning to recognize this slippery slope and give myself some space to gain clarity and peace before falling victim. When I read that heading, I felt like it truly put the words to a feeling that I have had for so long, but could never quite express well. So, what do I when I feel that anxious urge coming on? Here are a few things…

Cooking

This doesn’t always work because in the middle of a stressful week, sometimes you just need takeout. But, if you aren’t too exhausted, just a little anxious, I find the best remedy for me is: turning on my favorite Pandora cooking station (French Cooking Music), pouring myself a glass of wine, putting away my phone and mixing up some of my favorite ingredients to make a delicious meal for Jay and I.

Walking

Most of the time it isn’t very far, but I’d say at least twice, usually three times a day, we take walks to our mailbox and back. We have a nice long driveway so this trip only takes a few minutes and is just enough to get a little fresh air and stretch out a bit.

Gardening

As with the mailbox journey, I make several trips to our garden each day just to check in on our plants and myself. It gives me clarity and brings me joy. Even if nothing has changed all too much. Slow growth is good. It helps me clear some space in my head for something that is intentional and full of life.

Playing a Game

The most important thing I can do is to put my laptop and cell phone away. Jay and I have found one of the best escapes is to play a board game or a card game. Some of our favorites are Battleship and Crazy 8’s!

Get Creative and Try Something New

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at my first ever IGTV video and it brought on an entirely new aspect to my business. Not to mention, it was pretty fun and brought me so much joy to try something new. The week before that, I took a few minutes and cut some of our lavender and dried it out. I put it in little sachets and it smells incredible.

There you have it. These are a few ways I chase joy in my life when I am beginning to feel bogged down mentally and emotionally. I would love to know if this is something that you suffer from as well and what you do to keep yourself joyful and light.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 20, 2019

The Home

Curating a home can be fun and a great creative outlet, but it can also be stressful and frustrating. Over the past few years, Jay and I have been consistently working on our home and somedays it feels like we are getting nowhere, but I know that’s not true. I go through phases when I feel really inspired to work on our home and then there are times when I don’t. Right now, I am feeling much more positive and inspired by our home and the life I’m so grateful to live. This morning, I thought to myself, what better time to breaking my blogging silence then now, by sharing all of the beautiful summer home decor inspiration pieces that are on my wishlist and keep me inspired daily!

Below you will find items that I love, some that are similar to things I own, something that is on my wish list and something that I just purchased! Simply hover over the image and click on your favorite pieces to shop!

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While a runner for our master bathroom wasn’t the most important thing on my shopping list, I came across this one this morning on Alice Lane and just knew I needed to order it. Finding beautiful rugs for a good price is hard to do, but this one was budget friendly, and coming from Alice Lane, I’m thinking it’s going to be great quality as well. I have also been debating on purchasing this rug for our keeping room. What do you think?

When your home is pretty much a blank canvas, picking out the right pieces for each space can get pretty overwhelming. I’m constantly checking brands and details whenever we are out and about, or traveling, and something catches my eye. In January, on our trip to Miami, we enjoyed an amazing stay at the Four Seasons in Surfside. Immediately upon entering this beautiful place, I was constantly taking note of brands and the design by the incredible Joseph Dirand of course! This is where my love for Palecek and this piece of artwork began. I know that this is the piece meant for our living room, above our fireplace, so I really just need to pull the trigger and order it. Polished coconut shell arranged in a petal formation. It truly is the merging of my two favorite worlds.

(And to think that was my wishlist item and I just reassured myself that I actually need to purchase it now, haha.)

It would be hard to describe my style and home decor inspiration, but this collage pretty much captures the gist of what brings me oy this time of year. My end goal is to combine neutrals and natural materials, with a touch of elegance and more luxurious pieces. Kind of like East Hampton meets Palm Beach meets a Parisian Apartment. I’m hoping that St. Barth’s will provide me with a little more inspiration! I also hope that you enjoyed this Summer Home Decor Inspiration and Wish List! What is on your summer home decor wish list?

I’m sorry for my absence and I’m working on finding a good balance between YouTube, this space, and my life! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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October 30, 2019

Fashion

First off, I just want to say “Thank you so much!” for all of the love we received on the announcement of Baby P! We are so excited and can’t wait to share this journey with you. I have had several requests for a Fall Fashion video and that should be coming very soon. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share with you a few Fall Wish List items, that I love and thought you would enjoy too!

Instead of doing a traditional mood board style post, I thought it would be fun to switch it up and share what specific items are on my Fall Wish List and a few general examples of what I am choosing from. Hopefully, that makes sense?!

Sweater (old J.Crew similar here), Vest (old Burberry similar here), Bag, Boots

Long Camel Colored Coat or Cardigan

After purchasing this jacket last year, I have gotten so much wear out of it. I have decided that it I would love a longer camel colored, especially during this pregnancy. This one would is my absolute dream, but I don’t see myself paying that much this year. Maybe one day though! These are a few of my favorites with these two being at the top of my list!

Holiday Party Dress

Each year, I like to invest in a nice Holiday party dress or outfit. This Fall, I have a few black dresses on my wish list! Sometimes, I wish we had more holiday events to attend and had the opportunity to dress up. Do you have any Holiday Events this year that require you to dress up? I would love to know!

Good Jeans

These are looking like maternity jeans for me, this year! I desperately need to invest in a few pairs. I have my eye on these. However, a great pair of dark washed denim is essential for me each Fall and Winter!

Comfortable Sweaters and Turtlenecks

I am a HUGE fan of comfortable sweaters and turtlenecks in the Fall. I think a good classic turtleneck, in a couple of different colors (black or tan), is a staple in a classic closet! There are so many beautiful sweater options out there. Some of my go to’s are Madewell, J.Crew, Theory and Vince!

Cognac Bag and Shoes

Obviously the Cognac and Camel shades dictate my entire Fall and Winter wardrobe. I just can’t get enough of these classic colors. They pair perfectly with black and denim, which are staples as well. They are versatile and comfortable, yet classy and elegant. This Tory Burch bag is a great dupe for the highly coveted Hermes Kelly bag! What do you think? And shoes? Well a girl can never have too many of those!

Cape

My mom has the most beautiful Burberry cape that she looks so fabulous in! I have been wanting to add a nice cape to my closet for a while and haven’t quite found the one. I love that they work so great for Fall weather, especially in Virginia where it can be chilly but not full on cold.

Makeup

The holiday catalogues have already been doing their work on me. The whole one for you, two for me strategy is in full effect! I have been loving these eyesticks, hence this tutorial, and when I saw these two (1,2) sets I know that I need one!! I have also been considering this hairstyling tool and this facial tool, for post baby!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into What’s On My Fall Wishlist! I would love to know what is on your Fall Wishlist! Let me know in a comment.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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October 18, 2019

Lifestyle

For the past 3+ months, Jay and I have been tasked with keeping the biggest secret of our lives. We feel so blessed and incredibly happy to share that our little family of 3 (Morgan, Jay and Diesel) will be becoming 4 in April with our newest addition, Baby Parlett!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

What a crazy year this has been for our family and looking back I have never felt more blessed. Jay and I have spent the past 11 years together and have dreamed of the day that we would be able to expand our family! Diesel is the light of our life and nothing about that will ever change. The only thing that is changing is that he officially has seniority over this little one coming in April! I can’t wait to watch them grow and play together.

If you have followed us throughout the years you been with us through so many major life moments. The college years , Jay’s career as a firefighter, and other transitions. You came with us when we got engaged and married. We built our first home together and it took some time to settle in. We have had the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. At the end of the day, with God at the center we will conquer anything hand in hand.

The beginning of 2019 had a bit of a scary start for us. You can read about that here. But, the second half of this year has been sweeter than we could have ever imagined. February left us wondering if having a family would be possible for us. We faced several frightening realities and I could not be more thankful for God’s healing and my husbands health. Jay is the center of my world and I’m so grateful God reminded me what is most important in life.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Fast forward several months, my cheeks are streaming with tears of joy as I can finally share why I haven’t been posting as frequently. Growing a human is not as easy as I thought and this pregnancy has really given me a run for my money thus far. Thankfully, I am feeling better each day and the second trimester has already been totally different than the first. I can’t wait for the “Three Amigos” to become “The Quad Squad” in April. In case you are wondering, those are our little nicknames for our family.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

I already know that Jay is going to be the best Father because I am in such an awe of his love and compassion for Diesel every day. Their bond brings me to tears all the time because their love is so inspiring. I can’t wait to watch Diesel become the best Big Brother around. He loves children and really anyone who loves him back. Most importantly I am so grateful to God for trusting us to be this little ones parents. For blessing us with this baby’s life and the opportunity for us to be “The Quad Squad.”

I know there will be challenges in life and I am so grateful for these great moments. My little family is everything to me and I’m just so happy that its expanding into an even bigger collection of people I love.

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

Thank you so much for your continued love and support over the years, and most importantly, the past few months. Keeping this secret has not been easy but I’m grateful for the respect and privacy we have received!

Be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel for another announcement video in the next few days!

Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020
Our Most Special Announcement... April 2020

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August 20, 2019

Lifestyle

As you know, Jay and I took our first trip to St. Barth’s in July and honestly it was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more. St. Barth’s is known for its elite luxury and chic clientele. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

We have already added beautiful St. Barth’s back onto our travel list as we learned so much and truly enjoyed our time spent on this unique island. My love for shopping, beaches, and good food were all satisfied and even amplified during our trip. If you are considering St. Barth’s as a travel destination, please, wait no longer!

Even though we have only been to St. Barth’s one time, I wanted to build a guide for you to use, based off of places we ate and enjoyed, shopped, and a few tips I would give for any first-time traveler. I will start with the practicalities and work my way to the little luxuries.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: What to Wear

St: Barth’s: The Basics

Language

After hearing that St. Barth’s was a French island, I had very few thoughts about how much French would actually be spoken on the island. While we never had any true difficulty communicating, I wish I would have brushed up on my French a little more, before our trip. With that said, it was so much fun learning new words and absorbing the French island culture. It made me feel very cosmopolitan if I do say so myself.

Getting There

While there are no direct flights into St. Barth’s, unless you are flying private that is, but it’s only a quick skip on Winair from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s. If you are extra luxe, I would definitely look into flying on Tradewind, but we don’t really have any complaints about Winair. The flight is only about 15 minutes and it’s is interesting landing in St. Barth’s to say the least!

Currency

Another slight inconvenience was the currency exchange. While U.S. Dollars are widely excepted, sometimes the conversion rate to Euros can be a bit tricky and not work in your favor. It was easy enough to get change, and we used our American Express Platinum whenever possible. I would still recommend exchanging a few hundred, or more, dollars exchanged Euros before getting to the island.

Transportation

If you are used to traveling to more populated islands, you might be surprised at the lack of taxis on St. Barth’s. In fact, this article shares that there are only 38 registered taxis on the island. Our hotel provided us with access to great taxis, if you are interested, just send me an email and I would be happy to provide their contact info. Next time, Jay and I will definitely rent a car and I would recommend that too.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Stay

We stayed at the incredible Le Sereno hotel that exceeded every expectation. The hotel itself was stunning and very private. With only 39 suites, it felt like we were almost the only people staying at the time! The food was next level and I still miss the baskets of freshly baked bread that you receive with every meal. The chocolate croissants are worth the stay!

The options for luxurious hotels are pretty much endless, for such a small island. Those that come highly recommended are Le Toiny, Le Barthélemy, Hotel Christopher, Cheval Blanc, Le Gunahani and several others. There are also so many beautiful properties to rent from extremely reasonable prices to Kardashian Worthy spots.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Le Sereno St. Barth's

Where to Eat

The food was one of my favorite things about St. Barth’s. Each restaurant seemed to have it’s own touch and way that they made similar dishes unique in their own way. I ate more Mahi Mahi than I ever have and I actually came home feeling so good and not bloated like most vacations!

We enjoyed several meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at our hotel at the Restaurant Le Sereno. It was just named “One of the world’s best restaurants.” by CNN. Each morning we were greeted with a basket of fresh bread and croissants, followed by a menu that was just perfect. The yogurt in St. Barth’s was the one thing I wish I could have brought home with me. The seasonal pineapple fruit was perfectly sliced and served placed back on the skin. For lunch, I would recommend the Club Sandwich, Fish Burger, or Nicoise Salad. All of which was unbeatable. For dinner, you will find a unique assortment of options, the Eggplant pasta was my favorite, along with small treats from the chef throughout your meal. The olive oil that is served with your bread is heavenly. I must find a way to purchase this! A true experience with a view and breeze.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Restaurant Le Sereno

We had lunch at Le Select, in Gustavia, which is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise song. To be honest, though, it wasn’t the best burger I have ever had but it made for a fun photo op!

Bonito is a must! I was recommended this spot by Emily, from 10th & James you must check out her blog. She gave us instructions to make a reservation for a good view. We ended up just showing up early and were thankfully able to get a good see. This restaurant has the best view of the Gustavia harbor and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Bonito St. Barth's

Aux Amis Restaurant located in the Le Barthélemy hotel is another must, in my opinion. After having the chocolate soufflé, we had to come back for a second time. It was simply the best dessert I have ever had. But, I’m a chocolate soufflé kind of gal. I had the Local Fish with buttered linguini twice, it was just that good. Of course, the fish was Mahi Mahi and it was cooked exquisitely. If you have time, I would recommend going for an early drink at the rooftop bar. We enjoyed having a glass of wine and enjoying the view.

If you follow any celebrity or blogger on Instagram, chances are you have seen glimpses of Bagatelle in St. Tropez. Dancing on tables, day drinking, and grabbing that special “party” seating. Bagatelle in St. Barth’s is slightly different, as we went in the evening, but they don’t party any less. If anything, I think they party more! The food was wonderful and go for the truffle mashed potatoes if you don’t go for any other reason. I was really impressed by the amount of truffle and burrata on the island of St. Barth’s. Two of my favorite things, which happened to be served at almost every restaurant! If you check out my Instagram Story Highlights, the Bagatelle stories will feature the flashing chandelier followed by several hangover videos. It was well earned if I do say so myself!

Lastly, I will talk briefly about Shellona. The beach, the food, the decor, everything about Shellona is one of a kind. I would recommend renting a beach chair for the day, I believe they are 50 Euros per chair for the day, and spending your day swimming and collecting shells! For lunch, Shellona offers a variety of Greek Cuisine. The grilled meat has an intense flavor and if you’re lucky, as we were, and they have it, the burrata is the best here!

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's
St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

St. Barth's Travel Guide: Shellona St. Barth's

Beaches

St. Barth’s has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As I mentioned before, we did not rent a car and didn’t have cell service on the island, so unfortunately exploring too many beaches wasn’t an option for us this time around. There are several online resources (see the end of this blog post for more sources) that can provide you with all the most see beaches, that we will be using on our next visit!

However, we did make it to Shellona at Shell Beach and this is definitely a must! This is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches I have been too. The beach is made of shells, obviously, and the water is the most beautiful blue color you have ever seen! The water is cool and deep and great for swimming.

Shopping

The shopping was one of my main attractions when surveying St. Barth’s as a potential vacation destination. You could spend the day in Gustavia, but it only took us a few hours to make our way through everything. My love for luxury was heightened in St. Barth’s as everyone is just so Vogue. You will find everything from Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabbana, to Montaigne Market that carries Dr. Barbara Sturm, Zimmermann, Melissa Odabash and so much more. I also picked up a striped dress form Imrie, which you will love if you are into very simple and classic style. If you are looking for books, art, beach bags, or small home pieces, you must visit Clic. I wish I could have brought so many things home from this store, but thankfully they have an online shop, as do most of these other places!

This post has been extremely long so I will make the ending short and sweet. If you haven’t been to St. Barth’s and you love a beach vacation with style, you must go. For further reading and information on all of this beautiful islands musts, see the following articles! I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyable.

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The illusion off happiness. That’s exactly it. Social media is a compilation of images from those you know, and those you don’t, displaying a precisely edited version of their perfect life, that in most cases is not nearly that perfect. Thankfully, I believe that Instagram stories have created a space where people have began to openly share the imperfect moments in their life. 

One thing that I have struggled with for years, as I have become surrounded by these curated lifestyles and platforms that are essentially necessary for my business to survive, is how can I find clarity and joy amongst the filters and perfection?

As an influencer and content creator, my job is to create beautiful #goalworthy images and in some cases, I really love doing that. But, when the pressure of perfection creeps in, I find myself doubting my abilities and my authenticity. How can we do our jobs and still remain mentally sane at the end of the day? I think this headingclarified that for me. Chase joy- not the illusion of happiness. 

They always say the first step is realizing that you have a problem and that has been hard for me. Maybe not so much realizing that I have a problem, I think we are all aware of the dangers of comparison. Instead, I struggle with the ability to recognize when that problem is beginning to affect me mentally and emotionally,and is driving my daily decisionmaking process.

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5 Ways I Chase Joy- not the illusion of happiness

Lately, I have done my best to start learning to recognize this slippery slope and give myself some space to gain clarity and peace before falling victim. When I read that heading, I felt like it truly put the words to a feeling that I have had for so long, but could never quite express well. So, what do I when I feel that anxious urge coming on? Here are a few things…

Cooking

This doesn’t always work because in the middle of a stressful week, sometimes you just need takeout. But, if you aren’t too exhausted, just a little anxious, I find the best remedy for me is: turning on my favorite Pandora cooking station (French Cooking Music), pouring myself a glass of wine, putting away my phone and mixing up some of my favorite ingredients to make a delicious meal for Jay and I.

Walking

Most of the time it isn’t very far, but I’d say at least twice, usually three times a day, we take walks to our mailbox and back. We have a nice long driveway so this trip only takes a few minutes and is just enough to get a little fresh air and stretch out a bit.

Gardening

As with the mailbox journey, I make several trips to our garden each day just to check in on our plants and myself. It gives me clarity and brings me joy. Even if nothing has changed all too much. Slow growth is good. It helps me clear some space in my head for something that is intentional and full of life.

Playing a Game

The most important thing I can do is to put my laptop and cell phone away. Jay and I have found one of the best escapes is to play a board game or a card game. Some of our favorites are Battleship and Crazy 8’s!

Get Creative and Try Something New

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at my first ever IGTV video and it brought on an entirely new aspect to my business. Not to mention, it was pretty fun and brought me so much joy to try something new. The week before that, I took a few minutes and cut some of our lavender and dried it out. I put it in little sachets and it smells incredible.

There you have it. These are a few ways I chase joy in my life when I am beginning to feel bogged down mentally and emotionally. I would love to know if this is something that you suffer from as well and what you do to keep yourself joyful and light.

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June 20, 2019

The Home

Curating a home can be fun and a great creative outlet, but it can also be stressful and frustrating. Over the past few years, Jay and I have been consistently working on our home and somedays it feels like we are getting nowhere, but I know that’s not true. I go through phases when I feel really inspired to work on our home and then there are times when I don’t. Right now, I am feeling much more positive and inspired by our home and the life I’m so grateful to live. This morning, I thought to myself, what better time to breaking my blogging silence then now, by sharing all of the beautiful summer home decor inspiration pieces that are on my wishlist and keep me inspired daily!

Below you will find items that I love, some that are similar to things I own, something that is on my wish list and something that I just purchased! Simply hover over the image and click on your favorite pieces to shop!

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While a runner for our master bathroom wasn’t the most important thing on my shopping list, I came across this one this morning on Alice Lane and just knew I needed to order it. Finding beautiful rugs for a good price is hard to do, but this one was budget friendly, and coming from Alice Lane, I’m thinking it’s going to be great quality as well. I have also been debating on purchasing this rug for our keeping room. What do you think?

When your home is pretty much a blank canvas, picking out the right pieces for each space can get pretty overwhelming. I’m constantly checking brands and details whenever we are out and about, or traveling, and something catches my eye. In January, on our trip to Miami, we enjoyed an amazing stay at the Four Seasons in Surfside. Immediately upon entering this beautiful place, I was constantly taking note of brands and the design by the incredible Joseph Dirand of course! This is where my love for Palecek and this piece of artwork began. I know that this is the piece meant for our living room, above our fireplace, so I really just need to pull the trigger and order it. Polished coconut shell arranged in a petal formation. It truly is the merging of my two favorite worlds.

(And to think that was my wishlist item and I just reassured myself that I actually need to purchase it now, haha.)

It would be hard to describe my style and home decor inspiration, but this collage pretty much captures the gist of what brings me oy this time of year. My end goal is to combine neutrals and natural materials, with a touch of elegance and more luxurious pieces. Kind of like East Hampton meets Palm Beach meets a Parisian Apartment. I’m hoping that St. Barth’s will provide me with a little more inspiration! I also hope that you enjoyed this Summer Home Decor Inspiration and Wish List! What is on your summer home decor wish list?

I’m sorry for my absence and I’m working on finding a good balance between YouTube, this space, and my life! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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April 26, 2019

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It wasn’t until recently that I discovered my dire need to be a people pleaser. After many devastating interactions and my inability to stand up for myself to people, outside of my immediate family and husband, I realized that I have a problem.

To be honest, people pleasing never felt like something that was important to me. Over time, however, I noticed that I would find myself crippled with an inability to decline invitations, speak up for myself or deal with being anything less than perfect to other people.

Truthfully, I don’t feel like this comes from a place of really pleasing other people, but more from a place of fear. Fear of them seeing the real me. Fear of upsetting others or seeming selfish. After looking more into this fear I realized that maybe I am a people pleaser, but to the entirely wrong group of people.

Instead of trying the most to please my husband, I find myself seeking the approval and praise of close family and friends. At the end of the day, I want people to like me even if it means I let them walk all over me. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes I snap. But, most of the time I will agree with what people say, even if I know they are 100% wrong because I could not dare think about correcting or suggesting something different.

Most of the time it’s easier to go along to get along. But, what about when it begins to challenge your mental and emotional health?

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Set Your Priorities

One of my biggest pitfalls when it comes to being a people pleaser is “having my priorities out of order.” This is a running joke in our family and a quote from one of my uncles. Having your priorities out of order can really throw you for a loop if you know what I mean.

When it comes to my life, Jay and Diesel are my biggest priorities. They come before everyone and everything else. I often find that I struggle the most when I lose sight of these two guys being number one. When I begin to worry about work or placing our families above them, things start to slip. This is when I find myself stressing over being that perfect version of me and not letting other people down.

The reality, Jay and Diesel are all that matter. They come first and they know me. The real me. That’s all that matters.

Practice

Who or what are your number one priorities? Put those things first and foremost and I promise you will have much greater clarity on what is most important in life. All other stressors will seem to fade away. Maybe this looks like jotting down your top 3’s on post-it notes and placing these in your car, at your desk, on your bathroom mirror, etc.

Skip the Excuses

As I mentioned before, saying “no” or declining an invite is so hard for me. Even if I know it really won’t make a difference if I attend or not. Somehow I have this deep level of guilt when it comes to declining anything.

Suddenly, I feel the need to have 50 excuses as to why I can’t do it. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do, yet being a people pleaser somehow makes you feel like you have to be at every event or moment. You feel the need to explain yourself and that is completely unnecessary.

It’s much better to just skip the excuses altogether and trying some like, “Thank you so much for the invitation! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it. Thank you again for thinking of me!” Period.

Practice

Here is a quick little exercise for you, that I find helpful when I am feeling guilty about politely saying no. Imagine those people who irritate me because they never feel guilty for saying no and doing what makes them happy. The ones that infuriate you when you realize they are off living their life guilt free, while you are sitting there doing something that brings you no joy and only anxiety instead. Then, realize that it is ok to politely decline.

It’s just fine to want to live your life on your own terms and not doing what other people believe is necessary that you are doing with your time. Remember your priorities when you feel guilty. Sometimes you have to say yes ot things if it involves your priorities, but sometimes it’s just fine to sayno.

Don’t Avoid Problems

But remember that they don’t all have perfect solutions. Sometimes it’s best to just let things go.

One of my biggest struggles, if I’m not sharing my 8 million excuses, is avoiding problems all together. I will put off responding to something that makes me feel uncomfortable and I absolutely hate confrontation. I will let someone else be right 100% of the time (minus Jay, sorry babe) if I can just avoid conflict.

If I can give you one piece of advice, that has helped me majorly that Jay taught me, is to deal with things immediately. Don’t put it off or wait until later, thinking that it will magically become easier. Instead, avoid anxiety by just dealing with things as soon as possible.

It’s also important to keep in mind that all problems don’t have perfect solutions. Sometimes it’s best to just let things breeze over or not even bother with trying to convince the opposing party. Some people just aren’t worth your time. Trust me.

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Next time something comes up, deal with it right then. I promise you will feel so much better. Putting things off causes more unnecessary stress and it’s just not worth it.

Just Be You

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to just be yourself. If you don’t feel like you can be your true self around someone, chances are it might not be worth hanging around them. Don’t back yourself into a corner and allow other people to run your life. Give it a shot. But, if they don’t truly care about you, and your values, revert back to tip one, set your priorities, and kindly decline their next invite!

You are worthy of praise and love. As a people pleaser, it’s hard to not hear those things from those you want so badly to like you. At the end of the day, your mental health and sanity are the most important things. Find people who encourage you and don’t make you feel helpless. I wish more than anything that everyone had a Jay. He is truly amazing.

Practice

Give people a chance, but if they are not valuing you or bringing you joy, do your best to spend as little time around them as possible. Some people can put up with this, but I truly believe that people pleasers struggle the most when it comes to receiving negativity from other people. If you aren’t being valued, begin with step one and work your way from there!

I truly hope that you found this post helpful. Being a people pleaser is something I have found myself struggling with so much lately. If you are looking for more posts, like this one, check out this category on my blog.

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