Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Celebration of Moms

One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with amazing ladies who I would not have met otherwise.   Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Mother's Day brunch at my friend Josephine's {The Style Hostess} gorgeous new home.   I had previously met a few of the other bloggers who attended, but I met several ladies for the first time at the brunch.  I had so much fun getting to know everyone, and talking about all things motherhood, food and fashion!  After spending quality time with them, I can honestly say that I consider each one of these beautiful ladies a friend.

One of the many things we all connected on at the brunch was motherhood.   While it may look a little different to each of us, at the end of day, we all want to be the best possible moms to our kids and most importantly, we want our children to feel loved.  It is so easy to be hard on ourselves when it comes to motherhood.  We may look at someone else and think that other mom has it all together when we are feeling like a hot mess.  News flash ladies...none of us have it all together all the time despite what it may look like on the outside.   We all have our moments of insecurity and need to give ourselves grace.  During the brunch, we also talked about how important it is to find a tribe of other ladies to connect with.  Sometimes getting away for some girl time to work out, have a glass of wine or just chat can refresh us and help us be the best version of ourselves for everyone in our life.  Thankful to have friends who love me despite my shortcomings and I wish the same for all of you.

We enjoyed the most delicious brunch and I learned a few things about food presentation from Lindsay Kingdon who prepared much of the food.  I will never be a food blogger, as my idea of food presentation is to take food out of a store bought container and slap it on a plate! (I'm kidding...kind of!)  All of the food platters were gorgeous and they all tasted as good as they looked.  Little details can go a long way with food presentation.  Lindsay added edible flowers to several of the platters which was such a nice touch.  She made a beautiful fruit tray and cut some of the fruit in fun unique shapes which is something else I plan to try.  

I love the beautiful flower arrangements by Spruce & Company that were sprinkled throughout the kitchen island and on the tables.  Ashley Cash with The Graceful Host is the incredibly creative and organized event planner who planned our brunch.  She provided the prettiest paper products I have even seen and you don't have to wash them which makes me like them even more!  Jasmin Thompson with JLT Photography took all of the gorgeous photos at the brunch and even stood on furniture to get the perfect shot!

Pictured from left to right:
Me \\ Maggie {Polished Closets} \\ Becky {Indigo Row} \\ Lauren {LC Style Report} \\ Chelsea {Haute Child} \\ Brittany {B. Noble Styled} \\ Lindsey {Lindsey Regan Thorne} \\ Josephine {The Style Hostess} \\ Lindsay {Seven Layer Charlotte}


I can't end this post without talking about all of the beautiful outfits that everyone wore to the brunch. Although we each wore a dress, I love that everyone has their own unique style.  Some chose florals, some chose lace and some chose a boho look, but all were gorgeous!  I wore a PRETTY PERIWINKLE DRESS that has a flattering fit and flare shape.  I love the eyelet detail and it is lined so it isn't see through at all.  I added some bright pink accessories, but if pink is not your thing, this dress would also look great with some neutral sandals like THESE.

I know this isn't my usual fashion or beauty focused blog post, but I hope you all enjoyed it! It was a wonderful day and I wanted to share it with you all. I hope all of you moms feel loved and cherished always, but especially on Mother's Day.  Thanks as always for stopping by my little corner of the internet.  For daily style posts, you can follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  So grateful for you all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Graphic Tees Under $30

If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good graphic tee.  They are so versatile and are an easy and affordable way to show off your personal style.  You can throw one on with some jeans, shorts or even a skirt for a fun casual look.  I also enjoy wearing graphic tees in the cooler months under a jacket or cardigan.   They are comfortable and are generally affordable too, so win, win!

I rounded up some of my favorite graphic tees right now that are all priced under $30.  Many of these tees are currently on sale too!  The prices are all accurate at the time of this post, but of course they can change at any time.  I also included sizing information for the tees that I personally own.  Just click the link under each photo and it will take you to the retailer's website to shop.

I hope you found some graphic tees you like in this post.  If you purchase any of the tees from this post, I would love to hear about it.  Feel free to send me an emailcomment below or tag me in your photo on Instagram!

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  $750 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
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