Loving Lately

It's been a minute (ok, many minutes) since I did a Loving Lately post, so I thought I'd throw one in today and make my blog record for this week five for five. What? Jesus take the wheel, that hasn't happened in ages.

So here we go!

1. Shoes. These shoes, friends.


While hunting for a nude shoe for my sister's wedding, I found these beauties and they immediately met all my requirements. Not too shiny, mid heel (perfect for dancing with the sweetest flower girl), open toe, fun detail. The best part? They're called the Fraser shoe (by Nina) and Fraser just happens to be my maiden name. Meant to be? Purchased!

2. Grocery Store Flowers



So I've been known to re-use instagram photos for blog content...whoops. I swear the grocery stores around here have the best flowers...and so cheap. Those two big bundles cost me a whopping $12. So like half of what that Starbucks cost.

3. Impending Bestie Reunion

It's happening, guys. Steph and I will be reunited in 4 flipping weeks. I could lose my mind.

4. The Occasional OK Outfit


I know what a bold move it is to post a selfie in white pants on the internet. Don't look to closely, ok?

I wore this today and didn't hate it, and I think I could even see myself repeating this one. I kind of wished I'd gone with black shoes, but by the time I got to the shoes part of the outfit, I was kind of bored and just grabbed the white ones. So maybe repeat with black shoes? What I do know is that these pants were stained within minutes. Minutes I tell you. Not even O's fault.

5. "Rest Time"


Nap time is really hit or miss over here. I'd say 3-4 days a week she throws me a bone and takes a nap. 2 out of those days I guarantee I've driven her around in the car to get her to fall asleep and then attempted to transfer her. 

The worst? 

Eh, I don't mind. I definitely miss the consistency in our schedule but she's always down for "rest time" which means she gets to watch a movie on her iPad quietly in her room or her playroom. On the days she doesn't nap she's super cuddly at bedtime which I love and on the days she doesn't, she still has a "rest". This means I can work on WC or fold laundry, or empty the dishwasher and mop the kitchen floor without risking her wiping out on the wet floor (it happened once and we aren't anxious to repeat it). It really depends on which situation is worse. If we've all got plenty of clean underwear, Willow Crowns wins.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xoxo

Long Live Long Lashes

What? You don't all take dozens of photos of your kids sleeping?


Lame.

But check out those lashes. Hoo boy, what I'd give to call those my own. She gets them from her Daddy (on whom they are completely wasted) and I'm jealous. I've got stumpy, blonde lashes that need a dozen coats of mascara to make an appearance on my face. 

However, you might recall a few months ago that I mentioned a little something about lash extensions to rectify the lame lash situation I have going on and I think it's time we had a little chat about them.

They're awesome.


Every two weeks I head over to the lash salon (I go to an Amazing Lash Studio) and Tiffany works her magic on me. Thirty minutes later, I walk out with these bad boys.


No mascara, friends.

The best part of these is that I can wake up in the morning looking somewhat put together. As far as Summer beauty routines, it holds mine together. BB Cream, blush, a little brow gel, lip gloss, and I'm good to go. I usually forego the shadow unless it's a special occasion, and call it a day. I hardly ever lose lashes and despite my husband mocking me for being more high maintenance than ever, I don't think I'll ever be able to give them up. Ever.

Shorts Story

I don't like shorts.

I never liked them or had much reason to wear them growing up (Summers in Maine are mostly cool enough to get away with capris and dresses) but three Summers into Texas living and I'm throwing in the long pants. 104 degrees is too hot for pants and maxi dresses feel like snowsuits, so I've been stuffing this mom bod into shorts when all my sundresses are in the laundry.

You all know I like effortless outfits that manage not to scream "I just rolled out of bed and am wearing yesterday's foundation" and  I've found exactly three pairs of shorts that are helping me do that. I think they're flattering, easy to style, and in the spirit of spreading the thigh baring love, I'm going to spill the details here.


These are from Old Navy and I sized up to get a more relaxed fit. Apparently the boyfriend they styled these after weighs 100 pounds.


I also love these white shorts from Old Navy. Size up again. I don't have a photo of these since my terrible selfie game is slacking at the moment. 

Finally, these J Crew Factory shorts are great. These fit true to size, I'm all about the  5" inseam and I'm definitely going to get another color. I like to wear these with sandals or these Sebago boat shoes. 


Slouchy tees, chambray popovers, and simple tunics all get rotated with these bad boys and are helping me beat the heat while not flashing my rear when I bend, stoop, or squat to retrieve any of the 100 items that hit the floor of our house or grocery store every day.

My next step is to tan these legs if I'm going to be flashing them all Summer long, but more on that later!

Emily's Bridal Shower

warning! photo heavy post ahead

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of throwing my baby sister a bridal shower. 

Now she's thrown me a hell of a shower or two over the past five years. My bridal shower was amazing and my baby shower topped even that. So I felt a tiny bit of pressure to knock her socks off and send her down the aisle in style (and thanks to the wedding shoes I picked out for her, mission accomplished. Badgley Mischka anyone?). 

My aunt was gracious enough to let us use her gorgeous house and let me have free reign with the space to create a "tying the knot" bridal shower to complement Emily's navy and mint nautical themed wedding. I think the best way to do this is a full on photo dump, so that's how we'll proceed. I hired Emily's photographer (and my good friend) Danielle Brady to take the photos and while that may seem a little over the top, it was the best money we spent on the shower. Period.

I didn't have to take a single photo, worry about capturing a single detail, and she crushed it, just like she always does. So here we go!









































There are so many more photos I could share, but I'll spare you (and spare the guests the embarrassment of the crazy looks on their faces during the games!). We had a blast, a few ladies walked away with some great prizes (knot themed jewelry) and everyone ate until they wished they had a looser dress on. 

Now onto the wedding!

Weekend Wrap Up

Hey, Ladies!

I arrived back from Maine this afternoon and am settled back in with my people, ready to start another week. I'm eating my nightly cup of cereal and making my grocery list for tomorrow while Liv camps out next to me, drinking milk out of a stemless acrylic wine glass. Her new cup of choice. Fancy, much?

I'm also a teeny bit looped out from the children's Benadryl I took after a few minutes by the pool proved that I am, in fact, allergic to Texas mosquito bites. So please bear with my spelling errors and run on sentences....and pretend like my writing isn't always this bad. 

I went back to Maine for a whopping 40 hours for a wedding and quick wedding pow wow with my sister. I'm pretty wiped, but didn't hate traveling solo, but I'll spare you those details. For now. I'm going to milk that for a whole darn post. Lucky you!

It was downright chilly in Maine, with a high of something like 61 so I was a tad bit out of my element but it was definitely a refreshing change from the humid Houston heat. I keep a bunch of sweaters in the closet at my parents house for this very reason and it always pays off.




My sister did my hair (which I loved), we hightailed it over to the wedding, and I hopped on an 8 am flight this morning to be home in time for happy hour.



Ryan and O had a blast together and ran each other ragged, but I'm really glad they had some special time together, just the two of them.

I hope you all had a great weekend and I'll see you again in the next day or so...I just can't stay away!

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