If you’re trying to figure out what to wear to a summer wedding, this is the one to get. It’s be perfect for a summer wedding, or a handful of other events, like a cocktail party, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or even fancy dinner with your man. And it’s under $100! Total win, right!? I feel like our summers are always booked with weddings (which I love, btw!), and I’m always looking for something to wear. It’s so hot in South Carolina, so I need something that is going to keep me cool, but is also pretty and elegant. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding, this dress is so pretty and I think would be just perfect!
Sadly, this particular one is sold out (crossing my fingers it comes back), but I’ve linked a few other dresses that are so similar and just as fun!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn’t over yet, there’s still 6 days left to shop it! I think it’s a great time to stock up on Christmas gifts at unbeatable prices now, which will save you money in the long run. Plus, you’ll be so thankful when November rolls around and you already have your Christmas shopping finished! I mean, imagine a Christmas where all there is to do is sit back, kick up your feet, and listen to Christmas music while you sip hot chocolate. Dreamy, right!? ;)
ForMom // I picked a cozy neutral blanket for your mommas. Such a beautiful, classic gift that would no doubt be used and loved.
Foryourbestgirlfriends // You can’t go wrong with a cute little coffee mug. Because let’s be real, you can never have too many coffee mugs.
Foryourin–laws // A beautiful wood/marble serving board. It’s a bit of a higher price point, but I think would be a great gift both mother-in-law and father-in-laws would love.
ForDad // I don’t know about your dad, but my dad never buys clothes for himself, so opting for clothes makes a great christmas gift.
Foryoursisters // The yummiest candles that any sister would love (I know I would!)
It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.
As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!
Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.
BeachTent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.
SandToys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.
SoccerBall // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!
YetiCooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.
ToddlerBeachChair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!
WaterShoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.
Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.
If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.
Today we are headed back from a little beach trip to celebrate my little sister (who just competed in her first body building competition and is 15 months sober, praise!). It has been so amazing having her back in my life, and seeing her true self again. Anyway, another story for another day…
TheNordstromSale has me drooling over fall, but there’s no denying there is still a solid 2 months of hot, boiling heat here in South Carolina (boo!!!). It’s been a bit of a rough summer for us…hotter than most. The AC in our house went out, so we lived with it for a few weeks while it was on edge before we finally bit the bullet and replaced it (another praise! so thankful for AC!). My car AC also has split personality disorder and will go out randomly….usually right around 12:30 pm on a hot sunny day when Piper is in the car and screaming because now she is not only tired and ready for her nap, but hot and sweaty. Cool. Actually, not cool. Very hot! I’ve vowed to leave the South to move to Alaska and never look back, more than once.
But…I am trying to make the best of it and enjoy the summer season. This outfit is certainly inspired by Summer, and I’m trying to look on the bright side, eh ;). And nothing says summer more than a little Beach Boy’s “Good Vibrations,” which is my song of choice when I’m trying to be all positive and crap.