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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases...

10:03:00 PM

bp. stitch curve pocket cardigan (xxs/oatmeal heather) || bp. black plaid shirt (xs/boyfriend fit) || vince camuto kentvi sandal bootie (grey stone suede/go up a half size)
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not in the sale: dark blue free people busted knee jeans (the sale has 2 different washes here & here) || gigi new york camera bag cross body


bp. l/s twist front crop top (true to size) || vince camuto kentvi sandal booties (grey stone/size half up)
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not in the sale: dark blue free people busted knee jeans (the sale has 2 different washes here & here) || small gold layering coin pendant necklace (comes as a layering set)


bp. ivory stripe crop tee (size small/I sized up for a looser & longer fit/comes in black stripe)
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not in the sale: high waist distressed cuffed shorts (sold out; similar pair here) || f21 cognac sandals (sold out; similar here or name brand here) || small gold layering coin pendant necklace (comes as a layering set) || round wicker cross body (sold out; similar one here)


socialite camo v-neck thermal (selling fast! camo is already out of stock but can come back with returns! thermal also comes in other colors)
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not in the sale: adidas sneakers || black shorts (sold out; similar here) || dupe gucci belt (only $12!) || small gold layering coin pendant necklace (comes as a layering set)


bp. textured stitch v-neck pullover (xs/fits loose/pink plumier/comes in 6 colors)
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not in the sale: adidas sneakers || black shorts (sold out; similar here) || dupe gucci belt (only $12!) || black sunglasses


thread & supply hubby fleece pullover (size small/runs large/comes in 4 colors) || faux leather spanx leggings (the perfect pair of leggings I own, they're magical, haha!)
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not in the sale: adidas sneakers || black sunglasses


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lush steel swing tank top (small/runs small/comes in 4 colors) || vince camuto kentvi sandal booties (grey stone/size half up)
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not in the sale: small gold layering coin pendant necklace (comes as a layering set) || american eagle mom jeans (runs large)


bp. balloon sleeve sweater (xs/true to size/comes in 3 colors)
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not in the sale: dark blue free people busted knee jeans (the sale has 2 different washes here & here) || kristin cavallari peep toe booties


bp. raw hem tee (xs, fits loose) || make + model fleece lined sweatpants (comes in 2 colors)
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not in the sale: adidas sneakers


lush taylor shift dress (xs/runs large/comes in a solid green color)
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bp. ribbed long sleeve v-neck top (xs/true to size) || vince camuto kentvi sandal booties (grey stone/size half up)
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not in the sale: bp. distressed shorts (runs large)


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I also listed a few other things that I've purchased, but have yet to receive, shown below. You can click on the pictured product and it will take you there!






HUGE Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Picks...

5:30:00 AM











MY PERSONAL PICKS!

- DRESSES -
Wayf Sleevless Blouson Dress - on sale: $49.90
BP. Plaid Button Front Dress - on sale: $31.90
BP. Rushed Ribbed Body Con Dress - on sale: $31.90 *great basic*
Chelsea28 Flounce Hem Dress - on sale: $85.90

- SWEATERS -
Dreamers By Debut Nub Cardi - on sale: $35.90 *great basic*
Dreamers By Debut Exposed Seam Sweater - on sale: $29.90 *great basic*
Leith Sweater Tank - on sale: $29.90  *great basic*
BP. Cocoon Cardigan - on sale: $31.90
BP. Exposed Seam Sweater - on sale: $31.90 *great basic*
BP. Ribbed Cardigan - on sale: $25.90
BP. Stripe Pullover - on sale: $31.90
Caslon Loop Stitch Sweater - on sale: $32.90-$39.90
Caslon Stripe Panel Sweater - on sale: $32.90

- TOPS -

BP. Lace Trim Satin Cami - on sale: $22.90 *great basic*
BP. Stripe Crop Tee - on sale: $18.90
O'Neill Demi Stripe Shirt - on sale: $29.90
Socialite Cinch Neck Tank - on sale: $20.90
Socialite Thermal Henley - on sale: $24.90 *great basic*
Socialite Button Front Top - on sale: $24.90 *great basic*
Wayf Lace Up Ruffle Cami - on sale: $38.90
Hinge Puff Sleeve Lace Top - on sale: $38.90
BP. Twist Front Tee - on sale: $22.90
Ten Sixty Sherman Flare Cami  - on sale: $15.90
BP. Ribbed V-Neck Long Sleeve - on sale: $22.90 *great basic*
BP. Raw Edge V-neck Tee - on sale: $11.90 *great basic*

- BOTTOMS -
SP Black Stretch Denim Skirt - on sale: $35.90
Leith Tie Front Pants - on sale: $45.90
Leith Tie Front Skort - on Sale: $43.90
Zelle Crop Leggings - on sale: $33.90

- OUTERWEAR -
Brandon Fleece Jacket - on sale: $58.90
Wubby Fleece Pull Over - on sale: $51.90
Zelle Cozy Up Bomber Jacket - on sale: $58.90

- SHOES -

- ACCESSORIES -
Paulina Oversized Scarf - on sale: $21.90
Shiraleah Tyler Scarf - on sale: $21.90

- BEAUTY -



Hotel Review: Unscripted Durham...

9:35:00 AM
So last month, our family had the pleasure of staying at Unscripted Durham Hotel! This hotel isn't your average/ordinary place to stay -- this vintage inspired hotel has a modern twist to it that is full of vibrant colors and personality! There's so much detail that goes into creating this boutique hotel, and today I'm recapping a few things that stood out the most with our stay!



I don't know about you, but I love it when hotels have their room key cards personalized like this! It goes to show that they get creative with every detail!




Love that they had floor mats throughout the hotel that made you feel very welcomed!


I ended up taking a ton of photos of the first floor! I mean, everything is so visually appealing that I couldn't help BUT take photos. It was hard to narrow down my favorites for today's blog post, haha!


This is the lobby area where they have a chic cocktail bar, comfy chairs, and a perfect atmosphere for socializing with your friends or simply getting comfortable while you do some last minute work on your laptop. I thoroughly enjoyed the aesthetic on the first floor!


Like I said before, they're whole theme is modern day vintage, and I'm so obsessed!
Their retro vibe game is strong!


...And on to the food!


We ended up arriving to the hotel a little early, so while we waited for our room to be ready, the hotel suggested that we grabbed a bite to eat on The Patio! It's a full rooftop restaurant and they had some tasty suggestions on their menu! Their french fries were a hit amongst our family for sure!


There's a coffee bar called 'All Day' on the first floor as well...so you can guess what I had first thing in the morning--a good ol' cup of coffee! And check out their composition style coffee cups!!! Sooooo clever!


The afternoon was too crowded for the pool, so we opted to walk around those Durham City streets, and ended up getting some ice cream across the street! So good! But once the sun was starting to go down, it was the perfect opportunity to hop into the rooftop pool! Ryleigh had a blast and enjoyed the giant floats that the hotel provides!


We also took advantage of an early morning dip in the pool before we hit the road to head back home!

We certainly enjoyed our stay at Unscripted, and I highly recommend enjoying a weekend there if you're in the area and looking for a pretty hip place to stay at! Or even if you're looking for a simple staycation, Unscripted would be the perfect place!

Hotel Amenities:
-Rooftop Pool
-The Patio (lunch/dinner by the pool; there's also a bar near the pool too)
-All Day (coffee bar)
-The Studio (in the lobby area, good place to grab drinks)

*thank you Unscripted for our stay!


My Story & Journey Being A Young Mom...

7:17:00 AM

For a while now, I’ve always had a feeling that I needed to share my journey with being a young parent and it’s trials. I’ve encountered some very hurtful things with being a young mom, and even though I take the beating and judgement from others, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep that kind of negativity and arrogance away from my daughter.

I don’t even know really where to begin, so I might as well jump right in it with a back story…

I’m currently 26, and my daughter is 6. So it’s pretty obvious that I had her young age. Not teenage and pregnant young, but you’d think that I was by how I’ve been treated sometimes in the past — and still to this day (I’ll get to more details soon). Truth be told, Ryleigh was not planned — and Justin and I were not married. Being in the South and a Christian, you can already guess that this is very frowned upon and everybody has to insert their own opinion on it. Even some of our family members had their own choice words and perspective about us. With what was happening, I already knew there were consequences, but ultimately, God was (still is) watching and walking with Justin and I on that difficult season. It was hard on us and both our families; and it created so much tension and anger between the two that it was eating us up on the inside. Prior to the news, Justin and I had been in talks about getting married, and a couple months after finding out, we had a sort of elopement with our immediate families. I did not get the wedding of my dreams, I didn’t go straight away on a honeymoon, and I did not get the stress of putting all of those wedding details together — instead, it was just a different kind of stress. I’m not bitter about not getting what I had wanted when exchanging my vows with my husband, and we did end up having a reception with all of our friends and family, and even intertwined a gender reveal as our cake cutting ceremony.

But even through the next two years after finding out, it really put a test on mine and Justin’s marriage. At one point it did get really bad and I thought we were done. Borders had been crossed and we were letting our families influence our decisions. We both understood that this was hard and difficult on our families, but it was tearing our marriage apart. Marriage is a lot of hard work and team effort, but unfortunately, we weren’t treating it like that. We had seen a couples therapist to help get us through and we started really talking to each other about how one another felt and knew that it had to ultimately be a collective decision between the two of us, and only us.

Times were still tough for a while, and thankfully things have gotten better than they were 4 or 5 years ago. Everything that had happened between us only made us stronger, and I can definitely testify on that!

But here’s were the mothering journey begins…

I still get insecure sometimes because of what had happened and what we had been through, and it doesn’t make it easier when I get judgmental looks from the “more mature” parents. The irony. I didn’t even start feeling this way or even seeing it as that until one day about 5 years ago when a cashier lady at Target looked at me and Ryleigh, then looked at my wedding finger, and made a comment that she was glad to see a ring on my finger. Yes, I know what had happened, but like Jesus said. “he who is without sin cast the first stone.” So to hear her say that, hurt me and left an inner mark. Even today I still get looks and passed on judgement just for, what seems like, being a younger mom. I mean let’s get real, I am still 26, but I’m not even close to being as immature as I was back then compared to now. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I relate to people my age who are without kids, because I am a parent and have different priorities. But at the same time, I can’t always relate to the older mothers because they already have 2 or 3 kids under their belt and have more life experience than I do.

What’s the saying? I’m between a rock in a hard place? It’s definitely hard relating to either side and I feel like I don’t exactly know where I fit in. It’s a completely awkward mambo in my social life right about now! I mean, women my age are just now getting married or just now thinking of having kids. The majority of the people I know close to my age aren’t even thinking about the “k” word till after 30. And then there’s the women who are in their 30’s/mid 30’s who already have kids that are currently enrolled in both middle school and elementary school, and are a part of the PTA, and yes, dress differently than a 20 something (or in my case a fashion blogger).

So this is why I’m writing this. To tell my story and lay it all out on the table. There’s nothing for me to be ashamed of! 

I want other mothers who are in my shoes to know you’re not alone. I’m not exactly sure what your story is or what you’ve been through, and I know everybody has a different story of their own. But I do know that it’s tough sometimes with being a young mom and still trying to figure out what you want in life as well. It’s like, you’re trying to catch up to your age but at the same time raise a little human being who you want nothing but the best for. And unfortunately, there are going to be people who will judge a book by it’s cover, but what they don’t see is the trials and tribulations that you have faced and HAVE overcome! It’s what has made you you and an even stronger MOM at that! I feel like we are the toughest one’s there are to be honest, haha!


Overall, when raising a child, as long as they are happy, healthy, and are loving unconditionally, and that you’re doing your best—that’s the only thing that matters! I continue to pray for Ryleigh and that God continues to guide her on the path that He has planned for her. She deserves every bit of blessings that God grants her with, and just seeing how happy and energetic she is on a daily basis -- is also a daily reminder that Justin and I have done something right and that God is answering our prayers! 





Summer Accessories w/Versona...

8:10:00 AM









Good morning everyone, and happy Monday!
I'm going to be honest, this has been one lazy summer so far and I've been enjoying my time relaxing (and being lazy) by the pool! Ryleigh and I have visited the pool numerous times and always get there early to have the area all to ourselves. It's been so nice, and this is probably the tannest I have been in a while, haha!
Anyway, I partnered with Versona to share some of my favorite summer accessories from them, and how they're basically a necessity when hanging poolside! The first thing that stood out to me was this cutie cactus mason jar tumbler! I'll pour in my favorite lemon and cucumber infused water and sip it like I'm on vacation! I also don't own many swimsuit coverups (I don't know why) but that all changed when I saw this white pom-pom trimmed kimono! I picked white so that it will go with all my other swimsuits and stay stylish throughout the summer. Of course, when I'm done laying/swimming by the pool, I'll throw on my denim cut offs, sandals, and these sunglasses and earrings! They're great to wear when you want a look that'll take you from the pool to your backyard cookout!


*thank you VERSONA for sponsoring this post*