Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beach Days

(Since I didn't have wifi last week on our beach vacation I am doing all of my planned beach posts this week...)

I tried something new in the way of swimsuit cover-ups at the beach this year.  Instead of wearing an oversize button-down shirt or a purchased beach cover-up like I usually do I decided to make use of some of my larger scarves by turning them into sarongs.  It's easy to do and it gave me several options to go along with my different swimsuits.  This fun zebra print scarf looked cute with my black top and black and white striped bottoms!

What I'm Wearing ~
Zebra Scarf Worn As A Sarong: Happy Scarf (sold out ~ similar here and I just bought this gorgeous scarf on sale from Stella & Dot)
Swim Suit: Old Navy (top and bottoms)
Flip Flops: Coach
Straw Beach Tote: Plato's Closet (similar)
Sunnies: Coach
Travel Cup: Bubba Keg (similar)

Even with a high SPF sunscreen my face gets too much sun if I don't keep it shaded with a ball cap.  It's not the most stylish thing to wear but I learned a loooooong time ago that tanning your face does nothing but age you and ain't no body got time for that!

This Turkish Towel came in June's Pop Sugar Must Have Box and was perfect to throw in my beach tote.  I'm really into neon for my nails and toes this summer.  Two of my favorites are Down To The Core-al (on my toes) and Juice Bar Hopping (on my nails).

What's your favorite choice for a swimsuit cover-up?


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Beach Style ~ Dinner Out

Sorry for the (unplanned) silence last week!!  We were on vacation at St. George Island and we knew going in that we would have no cell service but what we didn't plan for was no wifi!  The wifi was really hit or miss for the first part of the week and then Wednesday, right in the middle of my doing my post for the day, it went out completely!  I ran around like a mad woman trying to get some form of connection but finally decided to just turn it all off and enjoy my family.  For someone who is addicted to Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook the week was hard and a blessing at the same time.  It's kind of nice to be "unplugged" to a point and it also made me feel little panicky!

During our week at St. George we go out to eat twice and the other nights each family (meaning the wife/mom) takes a night and cooks.  Tuesday night we went into town (which also meant we had to cross two very long bridges, ugh) to have dinner.  It's always fun, even on vacation, to dress up and go out.  I bought this romper a while back along with a blue one just like it (seen in this post) and I have been saving it for vacation.  The raspberry color would look great with not only white accessories as I chose for this look but also leopard, gold, nude, silver and turquoise.  My question with jumpsuits and rompers is to belt or not to belt?  I chose not to this time but I'm thinking I may try a skinny belt the next time.

What I'm Wearing ~
Jumpsuit: Forever 21
Lace up, Cage Sandals: Nine West (currently on SALE!!)
Necklace: Stella and Dot (no longer available but this one is really gorgeous!)
Sunnies: Emilio Pucci (these from Isaac Mizrahi would be cute with this outfit too!)

My hair is not a fan of the humidity and I decided not to fight it, so here ya go! ha!

For those of you that live in Georgia or can get to Georgia, I'm co-hosting super fun Girls Day Out event with Star 94 Atlanta at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta along with my fabulous friends, Cindy Simmons of Star 94 and Jennifer Duvall of JennySue Makeup on Thursday, August 7th from 11:00am-1:00pm!!  You can get all the details HERE!  Hope to see you there!


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Life's a Beach

This week we are on our annual Herrin Family Vacation at the beach. We are on an island with no cell service and very limited wi-fi. That's not a bad thing except when one is addicted to Instagram and was planning a week of blog posts!  My iPad and phone are picking up the wi-fi but my computer won't connect so it looks like this week's posts with be a little rough done on an iPad with iPhone pictures!  I'm sorry about that!!  My posts will also be short and sweet this week too because I want to spend as much time as possible with my family and not sitting on my iPad working.

I so love the beach and I look forward to this trip all year long!  One of the things I love about the beach is the laid back relaxed feeling I get the minute I arrive which carries over into my outfit choices.  Denim cutoffs, a roomy summer t/sweater and bare feet are this week's dress code (when I'm not in a bikini)!

What I'm wearing ~
Sweater T: Forever 21
White Denim Cutoffs: American Eagle via Platos Closet (Identical)
Tassel Necklace: Noonday Collection (Similar)
Affirmation Bracelet: BCBGeneration
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson via T.J.Maxx

My girls, my heart!  So thankful they are not just my daughters but my best friends!

Happy Monday!!


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Blank Canvas

Last night I attended a "blank canvas" party at the new Kendra Scott store in Buckhead (Georgia) hosted by two fab blogger friends, Lauren of Fashionably Lo and Megan of Lush to Blush.  A "blank canvas" party is where you wear all white so when you try on all the fabulous jewels provided by the hosting shop they pop against your "blank canvas".  I love an all white outfit, especially in the summer, so I was really excited this was the theme of the night!  It was also a great chance to wear the new white and gold ring I just received from 9th & Elm.  I think the only time it's left my finger since it arrived in my mailbox is to sleep, shower and run!

I met two of my blogger besties, Whitney and Blaire of Peaches In A Pod, for dinner before the event. Whitney and Blaire are two Georgia peaches who are best friends, neighbors and blog together making them two "peaches in a pod" ~ so cute, right!?!  They sweetly offered to take blog pictures for me with their REAL camera!  That's right, a real camera, not the usual iPhone photos I always take.  Blaire wanted me to see the difference in how the real camera pictures look to encourage me to break out of my "iPhone only" box and learn how to use my camera.  Well, Blaire was right...the real camera pictures are so much sharper and clearer!  You can actually see the details of my outfit!  Now my goal is to figure out the little point and shoot camera I got for Christmas and maybe once I master that I can invest in a real blogger camera!

What I'm Wearing ~
Sheer Floral Lace Top: Forever 21
Origami Skort: Forever 21
Orange Bag: T.J. Maxx (old) Similar here
Snake Skin Ankle Strap Sandals: Sam Edelman c/o Encore
Tassel Necklace: Forever 21 (sold out) I just ordered this one from Stella & Dot and I can't wait to wear it!!
Ring: Rings Eclectic c/o 9th & Elm


Let's talk about this ring for a's from a website called 9th & Elm, which sells handmade items from independent designers.  This specific ring is from a shop on the site called "Rings Eclectic" and since I love eclectic, different, statement making pieces this one is me to a T!!  I've already got my eye on one (or two) more like this one and this one.  9th & Elm also has other jewelry, handbags, monogrammed items, phone cases, clothing, kids and baby's stuff, shoes, vintage and otherwise cool stuff!

Okay y'all, what do you think?  Does the picture quality in today's post look a lot better than usual?  I really think it does so it's time for me to drop my iPhone camera dependency and use a real camera!  Now if I can just figure it out!


Linking up with Maminista Friday's, Casual Friday and Friday's Fab Favorites

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


LBD in this case means "little blue dress" instead of "little black dress" and when I say "little" I mean short!! Ha!  I ordered this off the shoulder flounce dress from Forever 21 recently to wear on our upcoming beach vacation but it made it's debut a little earlier than I planned!  I always want to wear things the minute I get them.  Do you do that too?  Anyway, on the model online the dress looked short but because I am short and models are tall things are usually much longer on me than they are on the model... but not in this case!  I do love the dress though.  The open shoulder detail is really pretty and the shades of blue in the print are so summer/beach perfect!  (I just need to be aware of wind gusts when I'm wearing it!!  Yikes!)

What I'm Wearing ~
Off The Shoulder Flounce Dress: Forever 21
White Lace-up Cage Sandals: Nine West (They also come in black and sand)
Bucket Bag: (the bag of the season!) Ebay (Identical here)
Cuff: Tory Burch


Linking up with Random Wednesday, What I Wore, Summer Style and Working Girl With Style!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Impromptu Date Night and Go-To's

I hope everyone had a great Fourth!  We packed our day full of family fun ~ lake day, cookout, baseball game and the best fireworks I've ever seen (courtesy of the Gwinnett Braves)!  If you didn't get a chance to see what I wore to celebrate our country's independence you can see it here.  I love the Fourth of July!

Saturday The Hubs surprised me late in the day with an impromptu date night/overnight get-away!  I'd been doing chores around the house all day from my very long list of "things that need to be done this summer" and was in my Type A "I'm not going to stop until it's all done" mode so he knew he had to step in.  Ha!  It was literally 5:00 in the evening when he told me the plan so I quickly got a shower and tossed on my go-to look of "fancy top, worn-in jeans, fab shoes" (you can see another version of my go-to look here), packed an overnight bag and headed out the door.  It was fun and one of the perks of having older kids ~ no sitters required!

As I mentioned in a recent post I'm a bargain/budget shopper and one of my favorite go-to places to shop is Plato's Closet.  This top is a find from one of my most recent trips to Plato's.  It's by "buttons",  has incredible beading and cost all of $6.00!  I'm loving the coral/orange color paired with the faded denim and the leopard shoes. (Similar tank option here.)  The jeans and shoes are also budget friendly finds.  The jeans are Joe's Jeans and I got them at T.J.Maxx for a fraction of the retail price.  The shoes are from Bloggers Closet, which is an online shop where some of your favorite bloggers sell their gently used (or not even used) clothes, shoes and accessories.  I'm currently signed up to start selling on Bloggers Closet too and as soon as I find the time to get my items up for sale I will let you all know!  Identical denim and shoes here and here

My cuff and bag are both Tory Burch and are both from last season.  You can find the current version of the cuff here and a super fun cork version of the bag here.  And I just had to share this fun camo tote with you all!!  I just added it to my "must have" wish list and my Shop Mz Savvy Style page!

Do you have a go-to outfit style?  What are your favorite places to find a great deal?


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July...and that scarf tying trick I promised!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!  The Fourth and Thanksgiving are my favorite holiday's ~ both include running (I either do an "event" run or just a fun run with friends/family), food, family, cute outfits and no stress!!  I'm so excited to get the day started!

If you follow me on Twitter or facebook you know that I mentioned I was going to share the coolest scarf trying trick on today's blog.  My oldest daughter, Megan, hosted a Stella & Dot party at her home on Tuesday night.  The Stella & Dot stylist, Grisel, shared this tying trick with the attendees and it too great to not pass on to you all!  It just so happens that the scarf I wear for the Fourth every year works perfectly tied like this so I decided to do a Fourth of July/Scarf Tying Trick post all in one!

Hold the scarf horizontally

Fold the scarf in half

Tie together at the top of the folded end and the open end with a small knot

Open the scarf at the open ends...and you have a vest!

Put your arms through the holes and adjust

Scarf vest!

To say I'm super excited about this tying trick is an understatement!  I have a ton of scarves and with vests and kimonos being all the rage this summer I now have a ton of vests and kimonos!!  The longer scarves, like this one, can be used as a great beach/pool cover-up at well.  I bought this gorgeous scarf at Meg's Stella & Dot party to take to the beach with me next week!

What I'm Wearing ~
Scarf (made into a kimono/vest): Entourage Athens (Identical)
Jean Shorts: Old Navy last summer (they are way too big this year thanks to 9 months of no carbs but I'm wearing them as boyfriend shorts with a belt. This year's version here.)
Basic White T: Gap
Wedges: New York and Company (Similar)
Straw Tote: Tory Burch (This one is sooooo cute for The Fourth!)
Sunnies: Pucci

The back.  How cute is the top where it is tied?!  You could also pull the scarf up at the bottom and tie it at the waist to make the vest shorter.

Have you seen this scarf tying trick before or is it something new to you like it was to me?  What are your Fourth of July plans?  Have a fun and safe holiday!!

PS ~ Meg's Stella & Dot trunk show is open for a few more days.  They have some really great stuff and fabulous deals for summer!  If you want to take a peek (and/or place an order) you can do it here!

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