Dress: Leith Midi Dress | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jacket: J.Crew similar
Pochette: Louis Vuitton | Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bracelets: David Yurman, Lily and Laura, David Yurman
The Perfect Midi Dress
A few weeks ago, I pushed myself to go out and get ahead on my fashion picks for this season (or at least somewhat ahead). As I made my way through Nordstrom, I stumbled upon this stunning midi dress and there was absolutely no way I was leaving Nordstrom without it! You could say it was love at first sight for many reasons. The length, color, shape, comfort, simply everything about this midi dress, makes it a pure necessity for any gals closet. Not to mention it’s only $69!
I knew right away that I had to share it with you because I felt that if there was ever a dress, created to be for Timeless Taste, this baby was it. No doubt!
This Leith dress from Nordstrom comes in three colors, black, white and of course this perfect pink. One of my favorite parts about this dress is that it instantly creates a chic silhouette from the tank styled bodice and soft flowing skirt. It’s comfortable yet pulled together, which is my favorite style combination! Naturally I love the soft rose color, but the black is an even more wardrobe basic. It is ideal for so many occasions and the dress looks beautiful with a cardigan, light sweater or even this jean jacket. You can pair it with flat sandals for daytime activities and heeled sandals for evening wear. Overall, this dress is so fun and is the newest essential in my closet and yours too!
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After realizing lately just how much I love green juices and smoothies, I thought it would be fun to share my recipe for this Tropical Green Smoothie! Incorporating greens into my daily diet is not always one of my strong points. I love all different kinds of greens, but early in the day I crave sugary foods and starches, which makes it difficult to reach for something green! To combat this struggle, I now try to incorporate Green Smoothies into my diet more often. If you are like me and struggle with eating healthy in the morning, I think you will really love and benefit from this post! Also, the other day I shared some ways you can refresh your home for spring
and this recipe is the perfect way to refresh your diet and lifestyle too!
These days I usually just throw some spinach, or kale, frozen fruits and a little water or juice, into the blender and blend up! But if you’re new to green smoothies, you will probably prefer something with a little more sweetness and flavor, like this Tropical Green Smoothie recipe. It’s super simple and quick, plus it tastes sweet and fruity AND you are getting in your greens! What’s not to love?
One of my favorite things to, when making a smoothie, is use frozen tropical fruits! They add so much sweetness and are an assortment of yummy fruits. Usually you can find combinations something like banana, mango, pineapple, and strawberry. So delicious! I have found that when it comes to smoothies, the more you think about it, the more complicated it becomes. Try adding a handful of greens, your favorite frozen fruit, a ¼ cup of yogurt and a little juice, or water and blend! It’s not difficult and is a great snack, or a delicious and refreshing breakfast!
Tropical Green Smoothie
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What You Will Need
- ¼ cup of yogurt (use nonfat greek to cut some calories and added sugar)
- 1 cup of spinach (a good handful)
- 1 cup of frozen tropical fruit
- ⅓ cup of peach nectar
- ¼ cup of water
If you don’t have peach nectar (I usually don’t keep it in the house, but it’s just such a delicious treat) substitute it and the water, for ½ cup of orange juice or whatever fresh juice you have on hand!
Step 1: Add all ingredients to a blender
Step 2: Blend, Blend, Blend!
This recipe is a go-to favorite of mine! Like I said before, peach nectar is a delicious treat and adds a ton of sweetness! If you don’t have it on hand, just use some orange juice or your other favorite juice, like pineapple! Yum! I hope that you enjoy this recipe, if you decide to make it be sure to tag me in your photo, I would love to see you with your Tropical Green Smoothie!
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The turn of a new season always makes me so happy and hopeful for what the future holds. There is nothing quite like feeling of the sun’s warmth on your skin, for the first time in months, and seeing its rays fall from the sky in the evening during a warm sunset. I love that the days are longer and I am able to get more done. The first thing that I love to do, when the days get warmer, is clean and organize my space! I love updating different areas, throughout my home, with spring decor and declutter areas that are a little too busy. Spring is the perfect time to check yourself, and your home, to ensure that you are making space for gratitude, simplicity and happiness. Are you taking quiet time for yourself? Maybe your space just needs a little revamp to get your feeling inspired and motivated for the new season. Right now is my favorite time, of the year, to just take a moment and really update my home for Spring.
It’s amazing how a longer day can make me more productive, I feel like it should make me more tired? Either way, I love it! Today I thought it would be great to start the week off fresh by sharing ways your can refresh your home for Spring. I hope that these tips will inspire you to lighten up your home for the warmer months and help you feel recharged and inspired, this Spring!
8 Ways to Refresh Your Home For Spring
Nothing makes me more at ease than seeing lively plants, thriving in our home. For the past several years, I have added many new plants to my bedroom, at my parents house, and now into our new home. Plants bring a such a peaceful and relaxing aesthetic to any space. There are so many plant options, that provide different appearances, meanings and vibes. Find which plant is best for you. I have been obsessed with my Fiddle Leaf Fig but I still love smaller plants, that are tucked away, in my home just as much.
See this post from The Everygirl to help you select the right plant!
Spring cleaning didn’t get its name for any old reason. It always serves a purpose! Now is the perfect time to clear your counters, dresser tops, desks and more. Give them a good wipe down, discard anything you aren’t using and display your items in an appealing manner. It’s unbelievable just how much clearer my mind is when I am surrounded with clean spaces and surfaces. You will probably see a major spike in your energy when you just clean things off. Don’t wait!
My initial thought for the focal point of this category, was cookbooks. After giving it a little more thought, why not swap more books, than just your cookbooks? Pull out your lighter colored cookbooks that are filled with recipes that use in season ingredients. I love flipping through inspiring home design books and now is the perfect time to pick up a new self help book.
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Favorites/Wish Listed: Palm Beach Chic, Goop Clean Beauty, Gypset Travel
Overhaul Outdoor Spaces
One of my favorite things about Spring is that nature comes back to life and is full of color, and fresh blooms! Springs the perfect time to take a weekend to revamp your outdoor space. Try adding some lanterns, fresh pillows to your benches and new potted plants always make a difference! I also like swapping out garden flags for something a little more fresh and you can add a beautiful Spring wreath to your door!
The perfect fragrance always makes the season pop. Candles are my favorite way to smell up my home with a nice scent, so I love swapping out my heavier candles for something a little lighter and more spring-ish. Baies, or Mimosa, from Diptyque are my favorites, but this candle is their newest rival and is definitely winning in my kitchen right now!
I know that I already mentioned plants, so I will keep this short and sweet. Add fresh flowers! I try to always keeps some sort of fresh flowers in our home. Whether it’s a simple bundle of rosemary, or a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers, I like to keep something in our kitchen, or bedroom, at all times.
Blankets and Pillows
It’s important to swap out your throw blankets and pillows for the new season. Not only will it prolong their life, but giving them some rest, chances are you will really enjoy something lighter for Spring. Light blues, greys, and shades of lavender are great for spring. It’s also a good idea to pick materials that are going to be lightweight, and comfortable, on your skin in the warmer months. No one wants a fur throw blanket on the sofa in June!
This category speaks for itself. Nothing sings Spring more than fresh white linens, dishware, wardrobes and nail polish! Try incorporating more white into your everyday life. I love our white dishware and having a clean white linens on our bed. I feel so chic and relaxed. Isn’t that what Spring is all about?
I am now off to refresh my home for Spring! I hope that you found this post inspiring and helpful. What are your rituals for a good Spring home fresh? Let me know in a comment!
Photography by Tiffany Sigmon
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The other day I was going through my closet, or at least the portion of my clothes that I have moved over to our new home, and all I could find was white dresses afte, white dresses! I love bridal style all too much and can wear whites, and neutrals, all day. Whether you are recently engaged, and have numerous bridal events to attend too, or maybe you are still in love with all things bridal, I hope that this post will help you to perfect your bridal style, or even your personal style.
Something about the Spring season has me staring at beautiful bridal portraits, lush bouquets and white dresses all day on Pinterest! Maybe it’s because this time last year I was fully engulfed in wedding planning, white dresses, and all of the other beautiful chaos, that surrounds a wedding. Or maybe it’s because my sister-in-law, is the bride to be and I am so excited for her! Either way, Rihanna says it best, “it must be love on the brain” and love-ly is always in the description, when speaking of the bride!
There isn’t a rulebook on dressing for these occasions, but I really feel like there a few important things to keep in mind. From my personal experience, if you wearing something out of your comfort zone, that is too trendy, you will regret it. My showers were 8-9 months ago and I already regret what I wore! I really don’t think I took these tips into consideration, because of that my appearance suffered. By the time my rehearsal dinner rolled around, I had a better grip on my bridal style and I know I will always love this dress! Even if a more traditional style isn’t your thing, hear me out on these points. I have learned from my poor choices and I hope I can help prevent you, from making the same bad selections I made.
Perfecting Your Bridal Style
Keep it Classy
There is something to be said for a bride who keeps it classy! Maybe it’s my personal style, or maybe I am just blind, but I find that selecting a dress or outfit, with a flattering and sophisticated cut, makes all the difference and is a must. I cringe when I see brides dressing in fabrics that are falling off their body, dipping down too low in the front or back and might be a little more nightclub appropriate. When in doubt, go for the classier option. You might feel boring at first thought, but at the end of the day you will be a timeless bride that is doing it right!
Most importantly, keeping your look soft and feminine is key to mastering an elegant, bridal style. These events are moments you will reflect on throughout your life, so why not make them delicate and beautiful. This is your opportunity to be the only lady wearing white, so take advantage of that. I loved filling my closet with different white dresses during wedding planning and wedding is definitely feminine. The definition of feminine, “having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness,” truly hones in on the alluring qualities of women. In my opinion, a bride is sophisticated, elegant and (most importantly) feminine. Keep that in mind when dressing yourself!
Lace is Always a Good Idea
Speaking of romantic, nothing is more romantic and timeless, than beautiful lace. Try to incorporate luxurious lace into your wardrobe for your shower, rehearsal and other bridal events. Lace is subtle, intricate and elegant. It’s one of my favorite wedding details and an overall wedding essential.
Consider the Occasion: Theme, Location and Dress Code
Obviously not every occasion requires a formal dresscode, but a classy bride is gracious even at a casual event. For more casual parties, consider wearing light, breathable fabrics and styles that are more comfortable. I still think it’s important to still be modest, when it comes to certain areas. My mom always reminds me to leave something to the imagination and keep things covered. If you are outdoors opt for something with straps, instead of going strapless, trust me on this one. I made that terrible mistake too many times and it didn’t make for pretty bridal shower photos of me! Maybe a long, flowy, off the shoulder dress would be suitable. I love off the shoulder dresses because they reveal the neckline and shoulders, while still covering bits of the arms. These styles are suitable for outdoors and much more flattering than strapless! I think I could go the rest of my entire life without wearing anything strapless ever again. I promise, you don’t want that memory.
Add Your Own Style
Lastly, don’t wear something that doesn’t feel like you. Whether it’s your wedding gown or a shower dress, don’t wear something that isn’t your style. Maybe you don’t like dresses? Give a tasteful romper or pant suit a go! It’s your time so don’t spend it try to mimic someone else. Add your own flare, but I would suggest not going too trendy!
Whether you are a new bride to be or a gal with a taste for neutral colors, the perfect white dress is just as much a staple, in your wardrobe, as the LBD. This dress is the dreamiest bridal dress ever! I had to sneak it into this post!
I’m excited to share more bridal and wedding related content, throughout the beautiful Spring months. If you have any wedding related questions, or post requests, be sure to let me know and I will work on that! I have some exciting home content coming, soon that I can’t wait to share!
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Dress | Needle & Thread similar (Unfortunately my dress is no longer available)
Shoes | Steve Madden
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If you are a new wife, like me, you might find yourself baking chicken all too often! It’s easy, delicious and pretty hard to mess up. If you aren’t a new wife, you are probably thinking “Baked Chicken? She must be a new wife!” I am going to be completely honest when I tell you that I have found myself baking chicken a little too often, recently, so my blogger instincts kicked in and decided that we need to up the ante. Say hello to this divine Rosemary Lemon (dinner party worthy) Chicken!
Rewind to a few weeks ago, when I came to the realization that I was cooking the same chicken recipe, for Jay, every week. All my new wifey friends know that continuously cooking up new recipes, for your man, can be difficult and definitely challenging. I was down to the wire, with little time to spare and decided to just throw together what I had, in hopes of making a tolerable meal for Jay. An hour later, my oven produced a moist, mouthwatering, and (can I say?) blog worthy baked chicken. It’s a no brainer, I had to share the recipe.
Of course, I went straight to Jay saying “This has got to go on the blog!” I’m going to take this recipe as a “wifey-win” and I hope that if you are in need of an easy, and party worthy recipe, you will give this one a go. It is incredibly tasteful, delightful and doesn’t require hunting for off the grid ingredients. Truly, I believe you will find most of these ingredients in your pantry already. If you are like me, you probably have a some of them laying around waiting to be used.
Rosemary Lemon Chicken
What You Will Need
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- 6-8 Chicken Parts (I prefer to use legs and thighs, but anything works)
- 1 lemon sliced
- ½ yellow onion sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic smashed
- Small handful of rosemary sprigs
- Olive oil
Step 1: Clean and prepare chicken. Slice onion, lemon and smash garlic Save each end of the lemon for a little squeezing.
Step 2: Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and place chicken in pan. Salt and pepper generously.
Step 3: Place garlic throughout the chicken. Surround chicken with onions and rosemary.
Step 4: Top chicken with lemon slices and squeeze the remaining juice of each end, of the lemon, onto chicken for a little extra lemon flavor. If you prefer your chicken to have more of a lemon taste, go ahead and use an additional lemon to provide more juice!
Step 5: Finish by drizzling olive oil over everything.
Step 6: Bake at 350° for 1.5 hour
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography
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