Simply Friday + Getting Crafty!

Happy Friday Friends!

Everything just seems so much brighter on Fridays! The stresses of the week are about to take a 2-day hiatus. I’m super excited for Easter!!

I was off today and spent my day running errands and getting ready for this weekend. Work has fried my brain recently, and I struggled to be creative this morning. I have to say though, that some of my favorite outfits are the simplest ones! Southern Belle Rule #1: KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart!)

I had the day off and went super casual and simple! Sweater and rolled-cuff chinos, Gap. Sandals, Loft. Necklace, Loft Outlet.

I had the day off and went super casual and simple! Sweater and rolled-cuff chinos, Gap. Sandals, Loft. Necklace, Loft Outlet.

I loved this necklace the second I saw it!

I loved this necklace the second I saw it!

I really count on accessories to pull together simple pieces. And I totally go through accessories phases; for years, I wanted nothing but giant earrings, and now statement necklaces are my go-to to inject a little interest into an otherwise basic outfit.

I LOVEEEEE being crafty, so instead of buying a new Easter/Spring wreath, I made one! This ribbon wreath was so simple and fun to make! Just grab a foam wreath form, 12-15 spools of ribbon, straight pins, scissors, and a glass of wine and you’re ready!

My ribbon wreath!

My ribbon wreath!

You know us Southerners love a monogram. I couldn’t resist adding a wooden craft letter to my wreath. I used these directions to make my ribbon wreath: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/wreaths/ss/ribbonwreath.htm

Happy Easter readers! And have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Whereabouts

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine went by way too fast. My brother and sister-in-law and my niece were in town from Florida for a visit. I took my 7 year old niece shopping on Saturday–we hit up Justice and Build-a-Bear and had a great time together! Then on Sunday, a HomeGoods opened in Williamsburg so my sister-in-law and I braved the sleet to check it out.

My shopping outfit!Jeans and blouse, Loft. Flats, J. Crew Factory.

My shopping outfit!
Jeans and blouse, Loft. Flats, J. Crew Factory.

Y'all know I love a statement necklace! This one is from The Limited.

We did a lot of running around this weekend, so it was nice to settle in on Sunday night and relax. Even better, we got some surprise snow!!

Perfect end to a great weekend!

Perfect end to a great weekend!

Happy Monday all!

Wish List Wednesday

Hello Friends!

I hope your week is going great. Here’s what tops my Wish List this week!

Khakis, OldNavy.com

Khakis, OldNavy.com

These boyfriend khakis are just too cute. I love the lemon-lime color. 

Shirtdress, Gap.com

Shirtdress, Gap.com

Shirtdresses work year round. You can wear it to work, as a casual dress, even over a swimsuit in the summer!

Sandals, Loft.com

Sandals, Loft.com

I love the print and the bright colors on these! They would really wake up an otherwise simple outfit! That’s my wish list for this week, what are you all wishing for?

Rainy Days and Mondays

Welcome back!!

Here we are at another Monday. It poured down rain all weekend here, and is still going pretty strong today! I got to see some good friends this weekend and we went “out” like we used to do. It was definitely fun, we laughed at how much life has changed (and changed us!) in the last five years. It’s always nice to make new friends, but nothing compares to old friends!

On to today’s outfit!

Khakis and gingham shirt, Old Navy. Cardigan, Lands End. Shoes, Sperry.

Khakis and gingham shirt, Old Navy. Cardigan, Lands End. Shoes, Sperry.

I’m trying to bring a little spring into my life, since Mother Nature is moving slower than I’d like!

Happy Monday y’all!

Dot Dot Dot…

Happy Friday readers!

I hope you have enjoyed my polka dot inspired posts this week.  I’ve saved my favorite polka dot outfit for today.

I am a walking J. Crew ad. And I'm cool with it.

I am a walking J. Crew ad. And I’m cool with it.

I looooove this outfit. You know those outfits that you don’t mind wearing twice a hundred times? This is it for me. I get my polka dots, something pink, something denim, and a bubble necklace. I’m a happy camper. If only I could wear this every day!

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Black jeans, Talbots. Denim jacket, J. Crew. Polka dot blouse, Sears. Bubble necklace, etsy.com

Most comfortable outfit ever.

Hope you all have a fashionable weekend! See you all next week.

Wish List Wednesday-The Polka Dot Edition!

We’re halfway through this week, friends! 

I don’t know about you guys, but this time change is killing me. I’m not tired when it’s time to go to bed, but super tired when it’s time to get up! I’m going to bribe myself to get through this week with some cute polka dot stuff!

Dress, Belk.com

Dress, Belk.com

This pink dress is AWESOME!! I can’t see having a bad day wearing this dress. I just can’t see it happening. This pink would perk you right up! This would be perfect for Easter.

Clutch, JCP.com

Clutch, JCP.com

I. WANT. THIS!!!! I can see this bag brightening up a red dress or even a denim jacket! So freakin’ cute.

Flats, Zappos.com

Flats, Zappos.com

Do I even need to say anything on these? They pretty much speak for themselves!

What are you guys wishing for this week ? Better yet, how are you all doing with the time change?

Seeing Spots

Welcome back friends!

Oh, and welcome to getting up an hour earlier. This morning kicked my butt!

Anyhoo, I love all things polka dot. There’s just something so classic yet fresh about them. They make me smile! So I’ve declared this week National Polka Dot Awareness Week. Ok, maybe not Awareness Week. Maybe just “wear your polka dots week”. That’s better. All my blog posts this week will feature–you guessed it– polka dots!

 Today’s post features one of the most versatile pieces in my closet: my navy blue polka-dot skirt.

Skirt, J. Crew. Blouse, Banana Republic. Blazer, Loft.

Skirt, J. Crew. Blouse, Banana Republic. Blazer, Loft.

I wore my skirt with an orange blazer and wedges for work. Navy just pops with so many fun colors,you can wear it all year, AND  it’s great for easing into Spring!

Check back later in the week for my Wish List-  The Polka Dots Edition! Have a great Monday!

Pretty in Pink

Hi y’all! Happy Friday!

Here’s my theory on Spring; if I dress for it, it will come.

Pants and stripe top, Loft. Cardigan, Banana Republic. Wedges, BCBG.

Pants and stripe top, Loft. Cardigan, Banana Republic. Wedges, BCBG.

This outfit really fits my personal style: Feminine + classic+ colorful. I like to feel polished but still have fun with color. I wore this to work, and I can see wearing these pants all the time. They’re really comfortable and the ankle length works with heels or flats!

Are you guys wishing for Spring or enjoying the last little bits of winter?

Wish List Wednesday–the Accessories Edition!

Hi blog friends!

Happy Hump Day! This week I’m wishing for some fabulous new accessories.

Statement Bib, J. Crew Factory

Statement Bib, J. Crew Factory

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Banana Republic

Lord, I love a statment necklace. It’s the only piece of jewelry you need to wear.

Banana Republic.com

Banana Republic.com

I’m loving these shades. Simple and classic  for the upcoming months.  I love that they’re perfectly oversized.

Bird-print scarf, Gap.com

Bird-print scarf, Gap.com

The print on this scarf is so cute and the yellow is hot for spring!

Loft.com

Loft.com

It’s a rope! It’s a belt! Even better, it’s a ROPE BELT! Did I mention I love nautical? I do. Put this with every maxi dress in your closet and you’re set for summer.

What’s on your wish list ?

Monday Funday….said no one ever

Happy Monday Friends!

It’s that time again—the much-dreaded Monday. We can do this y’all!

 I spent a great weekend with my husband shopping at Short Pump. Time together + zero housecleaning + shopping = happy Dana. It’s so nice to get out of town for the weekend, even if we were only an hour or two away.

Mondays are all about easy for me. Whether it’s packing my lunch and gym bag the night before or laying out my outfit ahead of time, Monday is the day I need to operate on auto-pilot.

Let’s ease into the week with the caffeine of your choice and a simple outfit to get you through the day.

I am no where near awake.

I am nowhere near awake.

I told you it was going to be simple.  Black pants + stripe top+ colorful blazer + scarf = Monday perfection.

What’s getting you through your Monday? Tell me in the comment section.