S E Kennedy Designs

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. We had a pretty laid back weekend, since Jake is getting down to the wire with this semester. He only has 2 more weeks until he is done with his 3rd year of medical school, so he has a lot of studying for his final shelf exam.

Supporting small businesses is something I love to do! I wanted to introduce you all to one of my new favorite Etsy shops, S E Kennedy Designs. Recently I connected with Sarah Beth and she is the sweetest single mom to two precious little boys. She has definitely had a rough year personally, but she is so strong and has started a business from the ground up.  Her necklaces are custom made and handmade and she has such a talent.

The thing I love most about her line is how she embraces her southern roots. She is based out of Hampton, South Carolina and has designed her jewelry to go with a lot of Lilly Pulitzer. I’ve been a huge fan of her work, so when she reached out to partner with me, I was so excited to pick out a piece!

I picked the beaded tassel necklace/ the turquoise and teal drop earrings because I felt like they would be perfect for summer.  You can expect to see these pieces on repeat! I paired them with one of my favorite lace dresses. I cannot get enough lace, I even wrote a blog post on lace dresses recently. You can check it out here. The necklace has a little bit of cobalt, so I can see myself pairing it with a cobalt dress or even a light pink dress to have some contrast. I have a similar pair of earrings in pink and I picked these because they add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

I love that she incorporates a lot of tassels in her line. This is one of my favorite trends lately. Make sure to check out her Instagram account, where she is always posting pictures of her new items.

In collaboration with S E Kennedy Designs, all opinions are my own.

Bright Colors And Tassels

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Happy Thursday! Memorial Day is on Monday, so that means summer is basically around the corner.  It looks like the weather will be beautiful this weekend, so you better believe I will be dressed in all bright colors and tassels celebrating the long weekend.

I wanted to share a little Memorial Day inspiration. When I think of Memorial Day attire, I think festive summer wear like shorts, white jeans or sundresses. I also think bright colors. This outfit combines my favorite trends of the season: cold shoulders, ruffles, tassels and embroidery.

We are attending a family reunion on Saturday, so we will be casual. This could be a good option.

This exact clutch sold out, but here are some other amazing options. (Click the photo to be directed to the link)

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If you feel like doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to check out the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. They’re doing up to 40% off.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Lovely In Lace

8EAD8287-97C4-4E27-808C-6FC6E9EBFB8DHappy Monday! My hubby is starting week 3 of Ob/Gyn.  He has been working nights, so I have barely seen him this week. As hard as it is to not have a “normal” marriage right now, I am so thankful because Jake finally graduates in less than a year now! I know residency will not be all fun and games, but we’re both so ready for school to be over.

One of my favorite things I cannot get enough of lately is lace. I am constantly finding myself drawn to lace dresses. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve worn several lace dresses this spring. I wanted to do a round up and share my 3 favorite lace dresses I have bought this season. These are all still available and I LOVE them.

Hollow Out Fit & Flare Lace Cami Dress

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Dress: Here, Red Version Pink Tassel Earrings: Almost Identical, Similar, Similar (these are too fun) Nude Block Heel: Here Bag: Old-Tory Burch, Similar

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Dress: Here, Red Version Silver Chandelier Earrings: Here (Color Bar-Style Greta, stones drusy and slate), Similar Glitter Bow Heel: Here Clutch: Here

I bought this dress with no real event in mind to wear it to. On the day of my hubby’s med school formal, I made a last minute decision to wear it. It worked out perfect. The thing I love about it is that it’s so versatile. It can be dressed up or down. In the formal case, I dressed it up with dressy silver shoes and a clutch. I also wore it on a date night with nude block heels and pink tassel earrings.

It is perfect for a date night, cocktail party/ spring wedding, brunch, or a bridal shower. For a brunch or luncheon, I would suggest a little cardigan over the shoulder to make it a little more conservative. Also, I would recommend more of a sandal with a heel.

The best part about this dress is the straps are adjustable. I got a size small and it fit perfectly. This dress also comes in red and is gorgeous. Too bad I don’t have an event to wear it to 😉

Lacey Lace Halter Sheath Dress

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Dress: Here Earrings: Here (Color Bar-Style Greta, stones drusy and slate), Bracelet: Here Shoes: Similar Bag: Similar

I initially bought this one for my hubby’s formal, but changed my mind last minute. Here are more pictures of me wearing it in our Jord Watches blog post. It is the most dressy of the 3 and is just gorgeous. I love the halter details. It is perfect for spring weddings or a brunch with a cardigan. It is a midi length which is very in right now. I paired it with statement earrings and bow heels. This dress is true to size. This picture below shows the fit better.

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Crochet Pom-Pom Trim Sheer Lace Dress

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Dress: Here, Black Version Earrings: Here, Similar (same look, but lower price) Bag: Here Shoes: Here 

This dress is one of my favorites. I love that it incorporates current trends with the pom pom and bell sleeve details. I did a full blog post on this dress here. I paired this dress with rock stud dupes and statement earrings. This dress also comes in black and is super cute. With this particular retailer, their items tend to run small. However, this item has a larger fit, so I went down a size. If you are taller, I would recommend staying with your typical size as it is a little on the short side.

I tried the Sonia V-Neck Sleeveless Block Lace Sheath Dress and loved it. It’s on sale now. (Excuse my selfie, but it’s too good to not share)

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Which dress is your favorite?

 

 

Monogram Everything

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Embroidered Clutch: Sold out- Steven, Similar, Similar Monogrammed Necklace: Here

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Ruffle Seersucker Dress: Similar, Similar  Courtney Necklace: Here

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Navy and Pink Elephant Dress: Old- Lilly Pulitzer, Similar Infinity Necklace: Here

Being a southern girl, we love to monogram/ personalize everything. I grew up having little jumpers with my name embroidered on them, so it is no surprise I love to personalize anything and everything. Even my wine glasses are personalized now!

As Reese Witherspoon brilliantly said, “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving-monogram it.” This is the typical southern lady’s philosophy.

Recently Name Necklaces reached out to me to partner and it was a no brainer. I was not sure what the quality would be like, since they are so affordable, but it was amazing! The necklaces are 925 sterling silver and are plated with gold or rose gold if you choose those colors.

Many of their necklaces are on sale today, so make sure to get one before the sale ends.

The best thing about Name Necklaces is you get 15% off your first purchase and free shipping on all orders. They also feature a very fair return policy (noted on the bottom of their website). These necklaces are all custom made and you get to preview the necklace before you purchase.

 

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Navy and Pink Elephant Dress: Old- Lilly Pulitzer, Similar Infinity Necklace: Here Earrings: Here Bow Shoes: Here

I picked an infinity necklace with my hubby and my initials. It is so special because the infinity symbol is so symbolic and our initials are on it.

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I also picked a silver monogram necklace as well. This one is my favorite, since it has the fancy font. 

IMG_0653Floral Dress: Boutique find, Similar, Similar, Similar  Earrings: Here Courtney Necklace: Here

 

My third necklace is the Carrie necklace. It has my name on it and makes me channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw.

Graduation season is around the corner and these make a perfect gift! They also are great for a bride to be with her new initials, or any girl friend!

In partnership with Name Necklaces. All opinions are my own.

Spring Weddings With Jord Watches

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Happy Friday! It’s time for the weekend! No pun indended 😉

It’s spring, so that means it’s wedding season. I always have my go to accessories and so does my hubby.  For a less formal wedding, he likes to wear a sport coat, a button up and khakis and now his new watch.

When it comes to watches, my hubby has a nice silver one that he wore for a while but he got bored of it and stopped wearing it. He had been wanting a new one, so when I asked him about this wood watch he was so excited. My hubby basically wears nothing but Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren, so I was a little surprised he loved the natural look of the wood watch. Here’s what he had to say about the watch:

“I had always thought wood watches looked cool but I’m pretty cheap so I didn’t want to spend a decent amount of money on one and then end up not wanting to wear it very much. So, when I got the opportunity to try the Jord wood watch out, I leaped at the chance. Being a typical man, I’m not big into fashion, and I usually buy stuff based on either ‘that looks cool’ or ‘that looks like something Courtney would allow me to wear’. So anyways, not being a fashion expert, it’s kind of hard to put into words what I liked about the Jord watch, but I really enjoy it. Though they have several other styles that looked cool, I chose to go with this dark brown and red one. The dark sandalwood looks rather sophisticated; something about the way it looks as well as the sturdy feeling it has makes me feel like it came from an old, massive tree. The elegant color gives it a maturity that makes it look like the wood has been around for a hundred years, while the durable feeling of it makes it seem like it could last for a hundred more. The burgundy manages to blend in smooth with the sandalwood color while also popping out. Juxtaposing a dark color (like the sandalwood) with a color that is both light and dark (after all, burgundy is just bright red that they added some brown to I think) is a cool way to have both elements blend together while also popping out. I think this watch jumped out to me because I’m a big Maker’s Mark fan and the colors reminded me of that; the sandalwood looks like the oak barrels and the whiskey itself, while the burgundy is reminiscent of the red wax top. This reinforced the mature, understated elegance of the watch to me. Anyways, enough about the look of the watch. It also feels great and works great. Being in the hospital, I’m always doing something with my hands, whether it’s performing a physical exam or writing a patient note. Despite the sturdy feeling of the watch, it never feels cumbersome when you’re using your arms. Even after a long day, it still felt very comfortable. Overall, I think it’s a great watch, and my only regret is that I forgot to make sure I got a left-handed watch. Courtney and I are both lefties, and it seems like every day something like this happens to remind us it’s a right handed world. Anyways, other than me forgetting that like everybody else on earth is right handed, I highly recommend the Jord watch! I’ve never been a big watch guy, but now as I finally am close to being done with medical school and moving on to actually being a doctor, it’s important to have a professional, elegant look, and the Jord watch definitely fits that profile.”

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Jord to give away a FREE Conway watch. Click here to enter.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day around the corner, a Jord  Wood Watch would make the perfect gift. Shop Men’s watches here and Women’s here 

Jake’s Watch: Here Courtney’s Dress: Here Earrings: Similar Purse: Similar, Similar Shoes: Similar
Wooden Wrist Watch

 In collaboration with Jord Wood Watches

It’s All About Embroidery

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Top: Here Skirt: Here Earrings: Here Shoes: Here Bag: Here, Here

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! I don’t know about you, but this weekend flew by for us (they always seem to). On Friday, we went to my hubby’s med school ball and just relaxed the rest of the weekend. He only has 8 more weeks until he starts his 4th year of med school. We are both so ready!

You may have noticed that I am not doing as many blog posts as normal. I am trying to work on a new way to switch things up and maybe drop down to two blog posts weekly instead of three. I am very overwhelmed between blogging and working full-time, so this should help.

IMG_9022IMG_1206One trend I am obsessed with is embroidery.  It’s all about embroidery for summer and spring. It is everywhere from jeans to dresses. I am so glad it’s back because it reminds me of my childhood. I will never forget this little embroidered denim jacket that I had and some jeans with pink flowers. I probably still have them at my parents house.

The thing that I love about embroidery is that it incorporates so many fun colors. Bright colors make me happy, so I jumped on board with this trend quick. It reminds me of a fiesta!IMG_1205

When I wear something embroidered, I like to accessorize with colors that are in the embroidery pattern. Recently we had beautiful weather on a date night, so I decided to wear my new skirt. I decided to play up the pink and tone it down with this black ruffle bodysuit (I promise I don’t wear it everyday).  FYI, this skirt runs small, so I recommend sizing up. I also recommend wearing a bodysuit with it, since it lays better with the skirt.

Trending: The Bodysuit

IMG_7933IMG_7973IMG_7947IMG_7967IMG_7941Happy Thursday! I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like I need a vacation badly. I think it’s because my hubby is on a rotation where he goes in before the sun comes up and I feel like during the week I barely see him. It could just be my lack of sleep lately 😉 I am always more creative at night and always seem to wake up at night even if I am exhausted all day!

Anyways, one trend that I jumped on late was the bodysuit. I never in a million years thought they would be flattering, so I never tried one. I also thought they seemed weird until I saw this ruffle off the shoulder one. The ruffles were what spoke to me, so I gave it a chance. Let me just tell you, they are a major game changer!

The thing that I love about bodysuits are they give you the “tucked in” look without having a lot of fabric that gets bunched up. When I wear skirts, it always seems like I am constantly fixing my top, but with a bodysuit it gives you the perfect tucked in appearance.

I have paired my bodysuit with jeans, palazzo pants and skirts. They are so versatile! I have a feeling that I am going to be buying several more in the near future.

What is a trend that you’re loving lately?

Necklace: Kendra Scott, Similar(Same necklace, different shade of turquoise) Bodysuit: Target Jeans: Michael Kors, Similar, Similar Shoes: Target Bag: Louis Vuitton

Traveling In Comfort and Style

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Happy Monday! I wanted to start off by saying thank you to everyone who commented and reached out to me to congratulate me on getting accepted into Reward Style. I have been so overwhelmed with support and I want to thank you all because without your support I wouldn’t be here. I am planning on doing a post in the next few weeks with the story of how I started my blog and also a post about blogging tips. I am not sure if it will be combined into one post or two separate ones, but stay tuned.IMG_1185IMG_1186

Last weekend I traveled down to Texas to see my family and attend my cousin’s bridal shower near Austin. I wanted to share my travel look. When I travel, the main thing I want is to be comfortable. When you’re sitting down for hours, nothing is worse than wearing a tight pair of jeans and being miserable. This is why I like to wear loose dresses or comfortable pants when I travel. It was a little chilly that weekend, so I wore this adorable short sleeve t-shirt dress with a denim jacket and a colorful scarf. 337 Brand sent it to me, and I really like it and think it’s great quality! I sized up for a boyfriend look, but I do think I should have stuck with my regular size. The dress was a little too big on me, but with a jacket it wasn’t noticeable. When traveling I always like to wear a jacket, since the airplane is usually cold.

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This dress is such a good staple piece. I can see myself pairing it with a long cardigan and boots for fall, and I can also see me adding a fitted leather jacket for a dressier look.

Dress: 337 BRAND Jacket: J. Crew Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer, Similar, Similar Sunglasses: ilymix use code: Lifeofa20 for 20% off of your purchase Shoes: Tory Burch, Similar, Similar Purse: Michael Kors, Similar, Similar Rolling Suitcase: London Fog Pink Duffle Bag: Jon Hart

In Collaboration with 337 Brand

Popping Champagne For Some Exciting News

 

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Happy Friday, y’all!

I took a little break and I didn’t do a blog post on Wednesday since I was so overwhelmed and unorganized from being out of town over the weekend. Sometimes taking a step back is much needed.

I am back and have a special announcement…last week I received an email that I have been accepted into Reward Style’s LiketoKnow.it program! When I started a blog, being accepted into Reward Style was my #1 goal. I always wanted to be part of this program, but never thought it was something I could achieve. I remember right when I started  posting outfit pictures on Instagram, my sister-in-law asked me when I was going to get on LiketoKnow.it. I told her it would be a while, if ever. Hard work pays off!

If you don’t know about this program, it is a big deal to be accepted this early on. Today is my 3rd full month of blogging. It literally took a whole month to find out, but I am so excited! Huge bloggers/influencers like Katey McFarlan and Emily Gemma are part of the program, so I was literally shaking when I read the acceptance email. I feel like a legit blogger now!

What is LiketoKnow.it?

LiketoKnow.it is a service that allows you to shop products you see in your Instagram feed. Instagram doesn’t allow clickable links to products, so when you see a product or outfit you like, you can’t just click over to the product directly from the Instagram post. With LiketoKnow.it,  you can just “like” the post as usual and get an email sent to you with product links.

How to sign up

1. Register your email at LiketoKnow.it.

2. Like Instagram posts that mention LiketoKnow.it.

3. Once you sign up, you will automatically receive an email with ready-to-shop product links for photos you like on Instagram.

Now that the news is out, I also wanted to share one of my favorite outfits that I recently wore recently. I thought the champagne picture was very fitting.

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I received this jacket from Coalition LA and LOVE it! It is the perfect thing to throw on during a cold spring day and I know it will be perfect for fall/winter. For reference, I am wearing an XS and it fits like a glove. The cool thing about this brand is that the products are vegan.

The jacket really gives this chiffon tulip skirt a little edge. I think the striped shirt and the black and nude shoes really tied the skirt and jacket together. I wanted to dress this look up, so I wore a statement necklace and studded pumps.

Cheers!

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Jacket: Coalition L.A. Top: Old, Similar Skirt: Target Shoes: Dillards, Similar Bag: Kate Spade, Similar Necklace: Target

In collaboration with Coalition L.A.

Floral Palazzo Pants

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Happy Friday!  I am so excited because I am off from work today. I am flying down to see my family and going to my cousin’s bridal shower. An extra day off is much need! My poor hubby has to work this weekend, so unfortunately he will be home alone this weekend. I guess that’s part of med school 🙁

I have to share a funny story: the other day I was trying on outfits for an upcoming shoot and I didn’t think my hubby was paying attention. I tried on a white dress that was a potential Easter look and the dress was way too big and was super frumpy. I hadn’t even looked in the mirror yet and my hubby told me I looked like a Sunday school teacher. I guess at least he’s honest!

Date night is around the corner, so I thought I would share one of my recent date night looks. We already had our date since hubby is home alone, and no, I didn’t wear the “Sunday school teacher outfit.”

I wore these floral palazzo pants and this black body suit on our date. To be honest, I never thought I could pull off palazzo pants so I’ve avoided them. It wasn’t until I went to Target and “accidentally” ended up in the clothing section that I found these. I thought they were super cute and tried them on.

I think the key to palazzo pants is how you style them. When trying them on at home, I tried about three tops before I liked my outfit. With these, it was all about finding a fitted top to make it look like a jumpsuit.

The top that I am wearing is actually a body suit. I never in a million years thought I would try a body suit, but on that same Target trip I found this adorable ruffle one. I am going to have to invest in more bodysuits because it makes the shirt lay better tucked in. My husband wasn’t 100% in love with this look, but I loved it and that’s all that matters, right?

What are you doing this weekend?

Top: Target Pants: Target  Earrings: Lisi Lerch Shoes: Sam Edelman Purse: Louis Vuitton