July 4th Week End

This long weekend was much needed. Not only did I catch up on life, but enjoyed making a fun, festive flower arrangement, baking cookies and visiting with friends and family at a barbecue. I found this yummy cookie recipe on pinterest and I must say, I think my cookies came out pretty good!!

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I chose to wear a star-spangled shirt with this perfect summer tote.
Chaps Patriotic Trapeze Tank // Mar Y Sol Caracas Tote

At the barbecue we had pulled pork, corn on the cob, and coleslaw. And of course, delicious desserts!! Plus some sparkler fun to end the night!

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Star-Spangled

I’m so ready for this work week to be over because I love the Fourth of July! Not only do we get a Friday off of work, but also get to celebrate in fun and festive attire. Growing up, my parents always had a pool party with family and friends that ended with a great fireworks show. Whether you’re traveling to the beach, staying local for barbecues or picnics, or a night out it’s always fun to dress in red, white and blue!! Below are three outfits that would work for any of these occasions…

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ONE by Pink Stitch Maxi // J.Crew Halter Underwire One-Piece // Tory Burch Miller Flip Flop

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Linen Bicoastal Tee // Joe’s Rolled Denim Shorts // Loeffler Randall Starla Ankle Wrap Sandal

I’ve been eyeing these Loeffler Randall sandals since last year! I may break down and get them eventually… Their shoes are so amazingly comfortable!! One of my favorite brands!!

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J.Crew Chevron-Striped Dress // Saint Laurent Studded Sandal // Gigi Jenn Bucket Bag

Chambray All Day

With the weather being ridiculously hot lately, I find myself leaning towards lighter fabrics that are comfortable and airy. Chambray is popping up all over the place and it can be dressed up or down. You can pair a chambray dress with cute nude sandals for a day at the farmer’s market, 3/4 top and white shorts for shopping or even a button down chambray shirt with a flirty skirt and cute wedges for a night out. Below are some of my current favorites!!

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Loft Tasseled Chambray Dress // Ancient Greek ‘Electra’ Sandal

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Soft Joie Neri Embroidered Blouse // J.Crew 4″ Chino shorts // Ancient Greek ‘Clio’ Sandals

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Old Navy Chambray Shirt // Madewell Trelliswork Eyelet Skirt // Toms Metallic Suede Strappy Wedge

And here are a few of my other favorite chambray finds perfect for this summer…

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Beach Wear

Cory and I have been so ready for a sunny getaway after this long winter we’ve had. With our cruise right around the corner, I’ve been searching for the best beach cover ups, clutches and jewelry and have rounded up a few of my favorites from online…

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Nanette Lepore Costa Del Sol Tunic // OndadeMar Bengal Embroidered Cover Up Tunic // Tory Burch Sierra Cover Up

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Star Mela Embroidered Tassel Clutch // Pura Vida Fruit Punch Clutch // Penelope Chilvers Rostela Clutch

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Moon and Lola Ananas Pineapple Necklace // Loves Affect Golden Bar Tassel Bracelet // Kendra Scott Skylette Stud Earrings

Asheville Day 3 – Apple Orchard

We decided to go apple picking before the drive back home. As soon as we got to the apple orchard, the employee said we were a day late for the U-pick season…what a disappointment!! But we made the best of it and were still able to pick apples from the bins. We also bought some apple cider donuts and hot apple cider to warm us up on that cold cold morning! I wish I had asked for the donut recipe because they were amazing!!

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I couldn’t leave without picking one…

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Asheville Day 2 – The Biltmore

The Biltmore in Asheville is a definite MUST visit! I’ve been a handful of times, but this time we decided to take the Architects tour. It was well worth the money just for the views from the roof alone!

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There were so many little details that we never noticed until our guide pointed them out!

Biltmore Staircase

Biltmore Detail

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After the tour and of course some shopping and wine tasting, we ate at Cedric’s Tavern at The Biltmore Village where we had the best grilled cheese of my life!!!

Grilled cheese

And of course we had to walk through the garden to see all the pretty flowers!!

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Some hiking…

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And the best view of the house…

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