SWEET SOUTHERN WEEKEND

This past weekend I had the pleasure of joining 15 other amazing Southern Bloggers in Atlanta for the 1st Annual Southern Blog Society Brunch. & let me tell you, it was an absolute blast! Bright & early Saturday morning Cathy of Poor Little It Girl & I flew to Atlanta to be greeted by two classy ladies -- Mandy & Jessica.  We grabbed some lunch & relaxed for the afternoon.


I was blessed to be able to spend the weekend at Mandy's, curator behind Waiting On Martha. She was unbelievably hospitable & it was so nice to finally be able to meet this amazing woman IRL. Her home was gorgeous -- each room told it's own story. In the room where I was staying she put together a little treat & wrote me a sweet little note. It truly put a smile on my face.


This sweet thing in the picture above is Addison, Mandy's sweet pup. I seriously could not get enough of her cuddles & loved when she plopped on my bed to hang out.


Sunday came so quickly & it was more than amazing. We had some delicious food + some tasty sips while mingling with some fabulous ladies that we had been longing to meet IRL. 


  


Cathy of Poor Little It Girl & Jessica of My Style Vita are the creators of the Southern Blog Society & these two fabulous ladies went over & beyond to make this event come to life. I truly admire their passion & kindness & am so happy that I got to know these ladies this past weekend.


Now Miss Julie Leah, my darling. She is the absolute sweetest & I am so excited that this girl will be in DC soon & I can not wait to hang out with her. If you don't read her blog, go now & say hi ... you won't regret it!


This is the sweet Mandy who so kindly put my up in her beautiful home. She became such a dear friend over the past weekend & truly enjoy our chats + girl time. I am (& N) are already looking forward to road tripping (gotta talk to our men!) with her & her sweet hubby Anthony. I am pretty sure N + Anthony are two peas in a pod. ha!


Dress / Lush (old) | Shoes / Jessica Simpson (Marshalls) | Necklace / Initial A c/o Maya Brenner Designs Bracelets - Sparkle (Forever 21) / Pave Link (J.Crew) - Green (gifted) - Cuff Pink Shred c/o Color By Amber - Renagade (Stella & Dot) - David Yurman - Initial Bangle c/o CWonderStore - White Bangle (Forever 21) | Watch / Michael Kors Outlet | Rings / David Yurman + Tiffanys (gifted) | Nail Polish / Essie Bachelorette Bash




MIXED ANIMAL PRINTS

+ PANTS [target]  |  + PURSE [MK, TJ. Maxx find]  |  + SHOES [aldo]


+ SUNNIES [raybans]  |  + CHAMBRAY SHIRT [forever 21]  |  + TOP [target]  |  + BRACELETS [j.crew + c/o ILY COUTURE]  |  


+ SCARF [j.crew, old]  |  + WATCH [MK, similar + similar]  |  + NECKLACE [forever 21]  |  + EARRINGS [forever 21]

Happy Friday sweet thangs! It has been a super long week for me & for some reason I just can't seem to catch up on my sleep. Not sure if it is the long hours at my new rotation, this crazy inconsistent weather, or maybe I am just weird! jk. don't answer that! Whatever the reason may be I am drained & I hope to be able to catch up on some of my beauty rest this weekend.

Anywho, I am happy to share a new outfit post with you all, it has been wayyyy too long my sweet friends! This past Monday I had a surprise day off & my good friend Lydia texted me to see if she could practice taking some photos to help build her portfolio. & of course I said yes! le duh. oh & I warned her that I was a hot mess, cause literally that was the truth -- I don't even think I washed my hair that morning because I was running late for a meeting. oops! But after making a pit stop with my mom at Target, Lydia + I headed over to the Nolan Trail, & spent the early evening taking some photos. I had so much fun catching up on life & being able to be myself while she did her photog thing! 

Lately, I have been mixing + matching my animal prints. I use to think it was weird, but now I don't even think twice about having a cheetah scarf paired with zebra print heels, hence the photos! Are you a fan of mixing + matching animal prints?

style files | mint + grey











dress [H&M]  |  cardigan [express, old [similar]]  |  tote [jcrew]  |  shoes [jessica bennett}  | sunnies  [firmoo] |  necklace [loft]  |  rings [snob swap]  |  watch  [MK]  |  armcandy [giantLION] [annieCreamCheese, wishbone + friendship]  [chloe vs. tank] |  Nails  [instant hot]   |  Lips [lancome lipstick + NARS, turkish delight]  |  iphone case [jcrew]

I hope all you lovies have a wonderful 4th of July! I am officially on break until Sunday & it feels so good! Last night I went to dinner with my little brother & we got to catch up on life. & then I went home, showered, & vegged in my bed watching SATC waiting for my better half to get here. It was probably one of the best feelings not having anything to worry about.

UPDATE: Nick & I decided to spend 4th of July with my family & I couldn't be more excited! Since the weather is kinda up in the air in DC, we thought it would be nice to spend the day at the beach here in Norfolk if the weather holds up & head to my parents house for some good ol' family time. We decided that next year in the new house we will have a 4th of July bash on the Terrace :] 

p.s. i cant wait to go & buy myself some sparklers. woot woot! ha :]

p.p.s. i wanted to give a birthday shout out to the lovely Alissa, hope you have a wonderful birthday baby cakes! enjoy it! i owe you a drink ;]


oh & i am obsessed with this picture! how glamorous!
image via pinterest

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