Satin Striped Skirt with eShakti & a Giveaway!

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It’s Sunday which means two things: work starts tomorrow and there is an exciting new collaboration with eShakti and a giveaway! Today I’m excited to announce my collaboration with eShakti to bring you this beautiful Satin Striped Skirt for an excellent work look or you can customize it to make it shorter for a more weekend friendly look.

The great thing about eShakti is that they offer sizes 0-36 and you can customize every piece! You get custom clothing without the custom pricetag.. It’s so great because if you have a particular neckline that looks best on you, you get to choose that and you can customize the sleeve length, skirt length (of dresses and skirts) and even to add pockets! It’s a fantastic concept and one I plan on using again and again in the future!

I am loving this dress for fall weddings, this blazer would be so perfect for fall work meetings and this floral skirt is everything you’ve ever wanted for fall florals! You can check out the rest of their new arrivals here. So now is your chance to win a gift card to put towards your purchase of any item from eShakti, all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below! Also check in on Instagram tomorrow at 9am for how to win 3 more entries! This gift certificate can be combined with other discount codes they are offering right now as well! Be sure you enter the Rafflecopter, the contest will run until Friday Night and is only open to US and Canada residents.

Good Luck and have a great week!

xoxo- Cynthia

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Fields of Green & Gingham

I love using pieces of clothing for more than one use. What do I mean exactly? Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp

I mean, I love doubling my wardrobe without spending any money. This dress is actually a midi skirt pulled up to be a a dress! It’s pretty convincing isn’t it? Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly SharpFields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp

Tucker wanted to get in on the picture taking so he put his best face forward. Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly SharpFields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp

And with a flowy skirt it’s mandatory that you take a twirling photo. Fields of Green & Gingham- Sensibly Sharp

Skirt (old) similar, budget friendly// Gingham shirt (old) similar & budget friendly// Hunter Wellies (similar and less than $50!!) // Love ring// HM Willow Bracelet// Kendra Scott Bracelet// Line + Floyd Jewelry (c/o)// Quatrefoil Necklace (old) similar // Lilly Pulitzer clutch (old) similar

Happy Friday! As you can see I’m twirling my way to the weekend in this ensemble.  I’m pretty notorious for taking clothing and making them have multiple uses. What’s the point of investing in nice clothing pieces that can only be worn one way? A lot of times I will wear dresses that are way too short for the office under my work skirts and with the right tucking in methods it looks great! I love this skirt, but I don’t like wearing it a ton because it’s so long and it’s very memorable. So by pulling it up and tying a Gingham Shirt around it I end up getting two uses out of it instead of just one! I got this skirt from the Ralph Lauren Outlet in Dahlonega before I went on my study abroad a few years ago, so unfortunately I don’t have a direct link, but I do have similar options below! This skirt was perfect for picnicking twirling in Versailles and exploring the city. It kept me cool and has great coverage (just got to watch out for the metro zooming by otherwise everyone will get a nice peak at what’s beneath). I love wearing it on weekends and even to work.

This Lilly Pulitzer “clutch” also has two uses: it’s also a tech case! It’s great for when I travel for work so I can keep my iPad safe and protected for business on the go. Then it’s great when we go out for drinks post business meeting and I have a cute little accessory on me at all times. Nothing beats doubling your wardrobe for no extra cost!

One last word: I love my wellies and they have been fantastic shoes for outdoor activities and always keep my feet dry BUT they are terrible cold and snowy weather shoes. Even thought winter is forever away (except for some parts of Canada) it’s never too early to prepare for changing weather! I’ve bought the welly socks to keep my toesies nice and warm, but 8 hours on your feet, in the cold, at a horse show and my toes were still absolutely frozen to the bone. So if you’re thinking of buying these as winter shoes just prepare yourself, buy the welly socks and some hot hands and throw them in the bottom of your boots as well. It doesn’t get too cold here in the South, but when it does (read less than forty degrees) we’re kind of babies and aren’t tolerable to that type of temperature!

Are you still wearing white post labor day? I don’t think I’m going to give it up!

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Be sure to check in on Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin‘ to stay up to date with all things SS and come back on Sunday for some news about a giveaway!!

xoxo-Cynthia

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WTW: Wedding Dress Shopping

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It’s Wednesday again and you know what that means, WTW! If you’re new to WTW check out the previous installments here and here. So we’re jumping around here a little bit on WTW because each of my bridal readers are at different stages! For those of you who have reached the “I think I need to start thinking about buying a dress soon” stage, welcome! I’m in the same boat!

For those of you who don’t know, my mom is just now finishing her chemotherapy treatment for small intestine cancer and is going to make a full recovery (so proud of my warrior mom!) so now that we are able to start focusing on other things we are going to be going dress shopping when my Grandma comes in town in October. So I can’t give any first hand advice on what I did do because I haven’t done dress shopping yet, but I can tell you exactly what I’m going to do and provide you with some tips some of my married friends have done. Shall we get started?

1) Research Bridal Salons Near You: Do you have an idea of a style/ designer/ look/ price range/ shopping experience in mind? If you’ve said yes to any part of the before question I hope you’ve done your research before making an appointment! In Atlanta, we play host to the one and only Bridals by Lori (aka famous for meltdowns and saying Yes to a dress on National TV) which is basically a (beautiful) warehouse of dresses that range from all styles, sizes and price ranges. One of my good friends just went there for her dress shopping experience and I think she was a little overwhelmed. I think she tried on 10-15 dresses and at the end of the day she did eventually say Yes to her dress there, but she was mentally and physically exhausted when it was over! If you get stressed easily, perhaps your best option is looking at a small boutique wedding dress place, these places tend to be a little more pricey BUT you get a hands on and personal experience unlike larger chains such as David’s Bridal.

2) Get Beautiful: Well more beautiful than you already are of course. What I mean is take extra time to get extra ready. When you feel beautiful you’ll be able to unbiasedly try on dresses without constantly thinking you look fat/ugly/pimply whatever us girls say to ourselves while we’re getting ready in the morning (why are we so mean to us?!). Do something the day before dress shopping that makes you feel awesome: go on a run (hello fit legs), get a blowout (great hair always puts me in a good mood!) get your nails done (who doesn’t like a mini massage and cute toes?) and make sure you eat RIGHT. Eating healthy and preservative free meals leading up to your dress fitting will A) cut back on bloat and B) all those vitamins from the good food will go straight to your skin and make you glow! Think about it: how often do you think an outfit is “ruined” with bad hair? Get gussied up because you don’t want to have to go dress shopping multiple times.

3) Bring 3 types of people with you: What do I mean by 3 types? I mean bring the person who will be completely honest with you and tell you if something looks ridiculous and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s your inner voice but essentially just saying it out loud.  Bring the person who always has lovely things to say about you and has never said a bad thing about you in your life. This could be your mom, aunt, sister, etc. This person will always convince you that you’re beautiful regardless of what you’re wearing. She’s your biggest fan and thinks everything you try on is the one (until she starts crying– then you know that’s really the ONE). Bring your paparazzi. Not really, don’t hire one, but bring a camera happy person with you. Make sure this person gets a picture of your face every time you walk around the corner to show them the dress. The initial facial language from that person will be easy to tell whether you love it or are indifferent towards it. This could be really helpful when trying to debate between two different dresses that you both LOVE. You can then look at the pictures and see which “face” of yours looks most enchanted when wearing that dress!

4) Don’t be afraid of hurting your consultants (or store owners!) feelings: yes they may have had a hand in picking out all the dresses they carry, or they at least brought it to you because they thought you would like it, but that doesn’t mean that you have to waste your time to try it on nor do you have to agree that it’s beautiful. This is your time to really speak up and against anything you don’t like. If you don’t like strapless but the consultant keeps bringing you strapless dresses, tell her so that the appointment can work for both of you. Both of you have goals: she wants to make a sale and you want to find a dress. Without working together neither of you will meet your goals. Now saying that, when you speak up you don’t have to be rude. If you absolutely hate the dress that she just brought out, kindly say that you don’t think that it’s your style, or it’s a little God-y for your location, etc. Manners!

5) Bring the Right Undergarments: going shopping on a Wednesday? Don’t wear Friday’s knickers. But seriously, you’re going to have to share a room with another woman who will be helping dress and undress so make sure you’re wearing appropriate underwear. No need to run out to Agent Provocateur but wear something you’re comfortable in other people seeing.

6) Lastly, PLEASE EAT, like A LOT: I know this seems counter productive everyone wants to be really skinny before you’re fitting, but if you’re like me at all, I get really hangry if I don’t eat. A full day of trying on dresses and drinking champagne will go straight to your head and you’ll be fainting by noon. Plus it’s good to eat something and have a full belly because chances are your wedding is going to be no-holds-barred and you’re going to eat everything in sight because you just paid $60 per plate and you are not missing out on one morsel! So eating something and having a full belly will help you see what it will feel like when you’re at your wedding and have eaten dinner (IE a heavy meal) and it’ll let you know the kind of stretch and breathing room the dress has post meal.

Hope you found this WTW helpful! If you have any suggestions of what you would like covered next, leave the suggestions in the comment box or email me!

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xoxo- Cynthia

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Leopard and Layers


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Sequin Cami (old) similar// Chambray (25% off now!)// Light Jacket (old) Similar// Black Trousers// Tortoise & Black Flats (old) similar and similar// KSNY Watch// Chain Bracelet// Line + Floyd Bracelet c/o // Line + Floyd Necklace c/o// Earrings // Hamilton Tote // Sunnies // Leopard Scarf// Love Ring 

Hooray we’ve made it past Monday! I used to enjoy Monday’s in college, probably because I still got to sleep in, go to the gym and then mosey to class at 12:30. But now it’s big girl life which means conference calls and 9-5’s. This week, I’m so excited because our weather is finally getting into the 60’s! It might be the high 60’s, this might also be during like 12am when it’s the coldest of the day, but you know what, I’ll take it. If it means layers can come out to play then that’s all good for me. I like wearing layers regardless all year long because my office is made up of men who are impervious to freezing office temperatures constantly changing temperatures. In the morning it starts off really cold, I’m talking I bought a space heater in the middle of summer cold, and then at the end of the day you’re gasping from the stagnant heat that takes over the office atmosphere. IE why it’s important to layer.

I found this outfit all on the sale rack, at different times and different places, but regardless everything was on sale! My favorite find is the brown jacket I got from Anthropologie in London. When I went there in May of 2011 I had completely forgotten that mid-to-low-sixties is actually kind of cold and I was completely utterly unprepared for the weather. So one day strolling down Piccadilly Circus, we saw the most beautiful Anthro I’ve ever seen. As true to my fashion, I ran to the sale room because I just had to see if I could find something in the UK that they didn’t have in the US that also supported the college budget I was on. I was surprised when I found this jacket for 12 pounds! IE this jacket was less than $20 all because Brits are more resilient to cold weather and they weren’t buying jackets, so it was off to the sale room for this beauty! So I was warm and toasty for the rest of the week we were in London, and it has been the perfect transition jacket I could ask for ever since.

Also, I would like to introduce y’all to this amazing brand I’ve partnered with called Line + Floyd Jewelry! Blair, the owner, was so kind to have sent me a druzzy bracelet and necklace. I am absolutely obsessed with this necklace, it’s so perfect and dainty. I honestly don’t think there hasn’t been an outfit that I haven’t worn it with since I received it! All of her jewelry is gold filled which means that it will never tarnish. That’s one of my pet peeves, when you buy something you think is going to last, but one month in a jewelry box and it starts stinking and looking like brass and not gold. She hand assembles everything and she’s a Southerner so she knows good style! I highly recommend you checking her out on facebook and instagram and possibly investing in your own druzzy piece of lovely too!

Hope you all have a spectacular week! Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for Wedding Tip Wednesday and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin!

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xoxo- Cynthia

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Case of the Mondays

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Good Morning Monday! If you could call it that– while I stare out to gray-black clouds and hold my coffee hot chocolate closely. Yes I’m drinking Hot Cocoa from whole foods with whipped cream. It’s delicious if you haven’t tried it yet! I might be the first person this late in the year who’s already ordered hot cocoa, even the Barista looked at me like I was a little nuts. I’m going to try to give coffee a little break. Sometimes I find myself over caffeinating which ends up leaving me tired instead of energized.
There’s nothing more energizing than shopping though! I always find it fun to shop for new phone cases because it’s like a little piece of jewelry that you carry with you every day. My personal favorite brand as of late has been Casemate! I currently have Number 8 and I love the champagne sparkly color! My phone loves it too because I accidentally dropped my phone halfway down the CONCRETE stairs when I was leaving my apartment one day with too many things in my hands. WOOPS! But my phone survived without a scratch so I’m super appreciative of how well these cases protect from damage! And the fact that I didn’t break the case is also a big thumbs up!
I’m currently lusting over everything mother of pearl and tortoise shell in terms of phone cases, and seeing that Casemate just partnered with Rebecca Minkoff (swoon) I thought I’d share some similarities for designer cases versus Casemate to show that you can get designer look for less and great durability!
Hope you have a great rest of your Monday! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest!
xoxo-Cynthia
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Back to Work

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Happy Sunday! I hate that the weekend is already over; although I did have the perfect “no plans” weekend which equated to sleeping in and eating cereal in bed every morning. It was very relaxing and just what the doctor ordered! Sometimes I feel like I’m always on the go, especially with work and my upcoming business trips it makes me feel like I need to squeeze in as much as possible on the weekends. So in preparation to my upcoming business trips today’s outfit is brought to you by the word “comfort”. Finding work appropriate clothes that are both classy, affordable and comfortable is an art form you have to really work at to get right! Enter TJ Maxx to save the day!

I love TJ Maxx: between affordable prices, always updated trends and styles and getting designer on a dime, it’s really the best place to go when shopping on a budget! I found this orangy-red French Connection shirt there for less than $20. Bought the brown Jessica Simpson Pumps from them for about $40 and I got the Navy Pants from the Lilly Sale for around $35. So a work outfit that costs just about $100 is a good buy in my book. Especially since I will be taking all of these clothes with me to Chicago in October for work. The shirt is a great layering piece and the pants are a classic fit so I can wear them multiple times! PS how great is this C.Wonder belt? You can grab whatever monogram you want (so naturally I went with my last name initial) and it surprisingly also looks like Hermes (which I’m not complaining about!) but much more affordable! They’re currently having a sale for 50% off all of their sale items and I’m dying for this and this (cough cough Andrew-are-you-reading cough).

Hope you have a fabulous rest of your weekend! Be sure to stay tuned in on Facebook and Instagram!

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Born to Shine

Happy Friday everyone! TGIF is a super understatement of how I feel right now. Coming back to work after a three day weekend is the worst. So I’ve been working on a little project.. Something to keep me entertained in my spare-spare time outside of blogging (which takes up my spare time). Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp

I love really girly things. It might have to do with the fact that I spent my childhood in a tee shirt and grass stained jeans #tomboyandproud and I want to make up for that now. A few years ago when I went to Europe, and simultaneously destroyed my favorite flats, I had to decide whether to throw them out or make them into something new. So I present to you a new line of shoes I am making called “Hoytie Toity Designs” to satisfy the girly in all of us! Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp They make such a great statement with every outfit. I use two coats of sealant so that you don’t leave a trail of glitter wherever you go, although, I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing either! Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp Born to Shine- Sensibly Sharp

Shoes ($10 off your first pair with code “sensiblysharp”)// shirt (old) similar option here// pants (10% off with code “sensiblysharp” at checkout// Belt//  Bag// Kendra Scott Necklace// Line + Floyd Bracelet c/o // Line + Floyd Druzzy Necklace c/o

So I’m offering all you lovely readers an opportunity to get your hands (feet?) on your own pair of Hoytie Toity Original’s shoes for a limited time with $10 off your first order! I have a myriad of colors that I’m working on introducing to the shop: Black, Navy, Mint, Blush, White and Original Leather. Be sure to check out my shop for more information and follow along on the instagram for more promotional news and contact me for blog collaborations if you want to help spread the sparkle!

Naturally you can’t wear sparkles on your feet without incorporating them somewhere else. This is my favorite casual shirt I own. Even though it’s somewhat itchy, it really helps dress up your everyday jeans and can even make it’s way into the office! I got it ages ago from Ann Taylor, so unfortunately I don’t have a direct link, but I did include some similar ones below. I was actually really surprised how well the shimmery shirt went with these olive jeans, but both items are from the “neutral” color palate so it worked out nicely!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! I just hope the rain holds off long enough to go Scuppernong picking.

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xoxo-Cynthia

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Mexican Street Corn Fritters

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It’s the end of summer which means corn production is at it’s peak and the sweetest kernels are ready to be doused in cheese and love and then stuffed in your face.Mexican Street Corn Fritters- Sensibly Sharp

I’ve found the easiest way to do this is to add some flour, spices and chives and then fry it all up and eat immediately.

Mexican Street Corn Fritters- Sensibly SharpThese Mexican Street Corn Fritters are to die for. Inspiration came from the girl behind Half Baked Harvest but I tweaked and added and substituted to fit my needs. I was looking for a delicious recipe for the corn we just recently received from my fiance’s grandfather who has an acre devoted to the sweet golden treats to bring to a birthday/start of football party my friends were hosting. So after scouring pinterest for what seemed like an hour 5 minutes, I found Half Baked Harvest and immediately fell in love with the recipe.

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Y’all this very well could be renamed “so fried your Momma died”, it’s slap your Grandma good and it’ll have you grinnin’ like a baked opossum upon first bite.

Mexican Street Corn Fritters- Sensibly SharpNot to say that you won’t have a few casualties: when frying fresh corn, the water inside the kernels gets so hot it creates steam which then releases in a loud “POP” and may spray oil all over your fiance who is so patiently flipping the fritters while you’re hands are covered in fritter dough. But serve it up with some tequila and he’ll forget about the minor grease burns.

What you’ll need: a cooling rack, parchment paper and a cast iron skillet.

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Mexican Street Corn Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeno diced finely
  • 2 ears of fresh corn removed from the ear (or 1 1/2 cups corn)
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 6 ounces of cotija cheese (substitute feta or queso fresco)
  • 1/2 of lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Canola, peanut or coconut oil for frying

Instructions

  1. For extra flavor, first grill your ears of corn over the grill until the kernels get warm and a little black.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, spices and milk in a bowl. The consistency should be like thick pancake batter.
  3. Once you have trimmed the grilled corn (or not grilled corn, still delicious both ways), add it to your wet batter along with the jalapenos, chives, cotija cheese and cilantro.
  4. Add your oil of choice to a cast iron frying pan and heat to the temperature where a sprinkle of water will make the oil bubble.
  5. Now, go put on an apron to spare yourself the trouble of being sprayed by oil.
  6. Once the oil is hot enough, spoon the dough gently into the oil and fry on both sides for about 30 seconds or at least until each side is a nice crispy brown color.
  7. Once each side is cooked, remove from oil and sit on either a cooling rack, parchment paper or on newspaper/ paper bags.
  8. Serve warm!
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One more look at these beauties! What are your going to cook up this saturday for football games?Mexican Street Corn Fritters- Sensibly Sharpxoxo-Cynthia

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Wedding Tip Wednesday: Picking Your Venue

Wedding Tip Wednesday: Picking Your Venue - Sensibly SharpThis week for Wedding Tip Wednesday (WTW from now on), I’m going to be talking about picking your venue!

The reality of weddings these days is that as soon as you get engaged you have to book your venue, caterer and photographer within that same month. The excellent places book up 1-2 years out, the great places book up 6 months-1 year out and then the good places are almost always available.

There are a few things you should consider when looking at venues: price, availability of your date, capacity and services offered. One of the things I really wanted was the option to bring in your own alcohol and caterer because “full service” wedding venues don’t give you the quality and control you would have at an a la carte place. The week I got engaged I set up a Wedding Venue Tracker (if you’re looking for one, let me know and I’ll email you my template that I used in excel) and I started researching on Wedding Wire venues in Atlanta and around my zip code. As I found ones that I was interested in, I started reaching out to people through my wedding email address (I highly recommend you setting up an email address that is only for wedding related activity, that way you can stay organized and have everything in one place). I would typically ask questions relating to my specifications: 180-200 person capacity for seated dinner and I wanted to bring in my own alcohol and caterer. After reaching out to about 20 different venues that were in our price range, I started to hear back from people within the day to within two weeks. Below are some tips to help you navigate choosing the right venue for you.

1. Are they in your price range? If you remember from my first WTW, we fell in love with our venue before we set a budget for a venue. In the end everything is going to work out for us (with some things to be trimmed) so don’t let our follies follow you when planning your wedding!

2. Now that you know they’re in your price range, you need to find out if they have your ideal date available. Our venue books up very fast in late spring so we had a little bit of encouragement to sign the contract as soon as possible for risk of losing our ideal date!

3. Is it in a good location with a hotel nearby or other amenities guests may need to have access to? Most of these rustic barn weddings my friends have had are in the middle of no-where because they are actually an old barn converted to an event space. The problem with that, is you have limited (or no) hotel selections within shuttle or walking distance. If that isn’t going to be an issue for you and all your guests are in town, than you don’t need to worry about that! If you have a lot of guests coming in town, just think about the trouble/hassle they might encounter without being conveniently located near your location.

4. Are you ready to drop 50% of the venue cost tomorrow on a down payment? This one kind of goes along with the Budget one, but it’s extremely important to know the requirements for a down payment to “save” your spot.

5. What is the venues rain plan? Here in the south in the summer you can’t predict the rain even if the farmer’s almanac and the weather man says it’s going to be clear skies. We went to a wedding earlier this year that had 30% chance of rain and it poured right before the ceremony. Having a rain plan ready is the most important thing to keep in mind. Would you be okay with moving the ceremony inside? Renting a tent ($$$)? Or finding a different ceremony location last minute?

6. Check out the event space’s Pinterest to see some ideas about how they decorated the event space previously. It will help you get an idea of what you can do with the space and different layouts of the room!

7. Last but not least, make sure it’s something both you and your fiance LOVE. Don’t let parents pressure you into choosing something closer to them, something on a different date or something more their style. This day is about the couple who are getting married, and even if your parents are footing the bill, it doesn’t mean that they get to make any of the decisions.

Happy Planning! What are some of your venue tips? Share below!

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xoxo-Cynthia

 

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Taking Florals to the Forrest and into Fall

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Shirt (30% off your entire order!) // White Jeans (40% off with code BRLABOR) // Boots (old) similar// Line+Floyd Necklace c/o // Line + Floyd Bracelet c/o // Bourbon & Boweties Bangle// Van Cleef esque Necklace (similar)// David Yurman Earrings// Love Ring

Happy September! Where has the year gone? Seriously, I feel like my birthday was yesterday and that Summer just started like three days ago; my fiance is already humming Christmas tunes! Having a big girl job sure does get in the way of  enjoying the Summertime. But that’s okay because my favorite season is early fall anyhow. The worst thing about seasons changing is that you have to start cycling through your wardrobe due to changing temperatures and retailers selling more sweaters than tank tops!  Today I’m collaborating with the lovely Luisa Hammett from Peaches to Pearls to bring you two summer prints that can be transitioned into fall and still look fabulous!

One of my favorite items of clothing is this floral shirt from Lands End (which is currently on sale and less than $25!) that I nabbed during one of their earlier end of summer sales and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. It’s seriously the most gorgeous print I have ever seen. It reminds me of a painting by Monet and the fact that the print is on both the front and the back is really lovely and makes quite the statement. I’ve worn this shirt all summer and I have found that it’s really perfect for all seasons! The bright purples on navy make it perfect for summer and the bright oranges and reds help it transition into fall. I also really love this print against white pants because it really makes the bright oranges in the top “pop”! I’m really going to embrace the fall floral trends that are popping up now. I will not give up my white jeans this fall nor winter. I’m not going to play that “no white after labor day, stuck in the 90’s” game. These jeans are extremely comfortable and very easy to transition for fall. Adding Army Green to this makes it an instant classic and one that would keep the “nay-sayers” quiet about white post labor day! It’s still a little warm to be wearing riding boots here, but we were in the woods so it was the best I could manage under the circumstances! I would probably try this look with some flats (like these) or some pumps (on sale now!) because leoprad is the perfect neutral.

PS I have to share a little bit about this Line + Floyd Jewelry that I received. It’s quite literally my new favorite gems to sport, and they are all made on a 14k gold filled chain! The owner, Blair, is very talented and does this on the side of being a teacher in Georgia (support local!). Her druzzy pieces are to die for. If you’re interested, she’s having an amazing sale on all of her jewels right now (up to 30% off!). If you’ve been looking for some quality druzzy jewelry, definitely go check her out.

Florals for Fall- Sensibly Sharp

Hopefully you all weren’t dragged into Home Depot like me  enjoyed your 3 day weekend! Georgia really punished us by sporting 70% humidity and blazing hot temperatures on Monday, which would have been perfect lake weather, but also brought a few scattered showers to cloudy up our day off. Hence me doing a rain dance above ^^ I just wanted the weather to hold off for a few more minutes so I could bring you this post!

Don’t forget to pop over to Peaches and Pearls to see Luisa’s look! She’s dressing up stripes for fall and showing that pastels can carry over into the colder months! She looks so gorgeous, don’t you just love her hair? It quite literally may be just perfect! What’s your favorite item to transition from summer to fall? Leave your answer in the comments below!

PS don’t forget to follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin. There will be a giveaway coming up for two lucky readers to win a fantastic prize! Stay tuned!  Fall Transition Stripes- Peaches to Pearlsxoxo- Cynthia

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