Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Heart to Heart Vol. 1

I constantly feel like I am more blessed than I think I deserve to be. I see people who, in my mind, deserve so much more than me. They walk better, talk better and are just down right good people through and through. Not to say that they are not blessed in their own way but you get what I am saying... 

I wouldn't say my entire life has been a day in the park but my struggles have been meek in comparison to the battles I hear of everyday. I am ridiculously thankful for this insight, but I have found myself wondering...why is it that I, of all people, get the privilege of living the life that I do? I have an amazing family, the best possible (and most good looking in my opinion) husband, awesome in-laws, friendships that make me feel loved, a beautiful home, and so much more. But why? 

Occasionally I feel the devil creep into these thoughts and I find myself fearing of the future. Thinking, "My life has been so great, its bound to have a giant issue at some point." It feels like a legitimate fear to me sometimes. 

I was thinking this as I drove to church this past Sunday and God spoke to my heart and told me that he doesn't bless me for me. He blesses me so that I can bless others and walk with an anointing. So that what I do and say and be can help bring others to His way. 

It is only recently that I have began reading the Bible and thirsting for more. I have always loved and trusted the Lord but never looked beyond attending church. Everyday I learn more from His word. It is a never ending journey and battle but I know God has great plans for me (even when I feel like a total mess which is...lets be honest, most of the time). Everyday I am trying my best to look to him. To say yes to his plans for me...whatever they may be.

I know some will read this post and it may rub them the wrong way. I also know that my readership isn't huge and while I don't want to lose anyone, I do want to use what influence I do have (no matter the size) to share my journey to touch or help even just one person.

God is so good. Maybe you know Him, maybe you don't, but because of Him I am who I am. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Make it Monday: Friendship Bracelet

For those of you that may not know, Tilley's Threads began with the "threads" you see pictured above. Way before I even knew what the heck a blog was, I was knotting these bad boys into bracelets and selling them at the pool as Tilley's Threads. They were quite the hit and I got the bug to make one this week so I figured I would show y'all my process. 

Begin by choosing your embroidery thread colors. I used 6 for this bracelet but the possibilities are truly endless. Cut at least one yard of each color, fold in half and knot. 

Next, attach the knot to your clipboard and lay out the stings in the order you'd like the colors. My colors mirror each other because of the pattern I chose.

Thennnn...things get a little intricate and I am going to refer you to this youtube video. Maybe one day I will make a video of my own, but this should give you the technique to get started. 

Here is the finished product! It has been years since I have wore one of these but I don't see myself taking it off anytime soon! Happy Monday!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Instagram Roundup: Summer Dayz

Next Friday I finally have a shoot scheduled with my photographer so my usual fashion Friday posts will be returning next week. Oh boy do I have some fun summer #ootd's to show y'all! In the mean time, here is a little instagram round up!

Did y'all know the best Lilly print ever is back? I have had this shift dress for years and have gotten sooo many compliments on it! Add the print to your wardrobe before its gone! (Swing dress, fancy shift, or shorts!)

This beautiful and delicious latte pic was taken at my new fav VB coffee spot, Roast Rider. I love all the trendy places that are finally popping up in my town! (Notebook from Target)

This pic might just be one of my favs that Ryan and I have ever taken. Although he protested the taking of it, I am pretty sure it is one of his favs now too, muhahaha. And don't even get me started on my palm dress. I bought this baby back in April from Express with no idea where I'd wear it, I just KNEW I had to have it...#palmobsessed.

Every girl has to get at least one new suit a summer! I snagged this one at my fav VB boutique, Monkees!

This new workout gear is everything. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a fun colab with LABLVB! Oh and follow them on insta!

You know me, alway catchin' some rays. Check out what I did to my beach hat here! (Bikini top is from Forever 21 last year)

This was a magnificent day. My bff, Salem, came in town from NC and we spent the day on a river somewhere trying to wakeboard...but mostly chillin'. Her top is from Triangl and mine is from H&M.

Lastly, this strawberry smoothie on a hot day. Heavenly. And I am obsessed with these pool drink floats! Now all I need is a unicorn float...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Living Room Update

 Well y'all we have been in the house for about a month now and I am loving it! It has been an uphill battle and there is still tons of work to be done (i.e. we have two rooms that are still filled with junk), but it is coming along! If you missed what our living room looked like before, check it out for the progress...

As you can see, the laminate has been removed and the beautiful hardwoods that were underneath have been exposed. This was a rather large investment (because we did the giant living room and 3 bedrooms) but it was completely worth it! 

Get the look: similar lamps // similar mirror (and love this one, so farmhouse chic) // similar table 

 This is our entry way area (as I call it, lol). Every piece that you see we had in our old house, but I mixed it up to give it a new look. The idea of mixing whites and creams was not something I originally wanted to do, but as time goes on I am beginning to love it. The cream pieces almost make it feel more homey. 

Oh, and well I guess I added the fiddle fig leaf tree. He's my baby and I love him. He really brightens the room, don't you think?

Get the look: bookends...cats...elephants...and rams, oh my!

I also added these books to bring some blue to the room. Each is from the $2 bin at my local Goodwill. I checked all the bindings in the basket until I came up with the perfect color combo. I honestly have no idea what any of them are about but they definitely look great...

Get the look: similar table // similar cabinet here and here // similar candle holders // similar wreath

Again, all pieces from before but rearranged. We need a rug under the table but this area is just about complete.

 I had picked up the window at a yard sale years ago and never used it on our condo...I am so glad I held on to it! Top it with the magnolia wreath and you have a very "fixer-upper" look. 

Get the look: Chairs like this or this // similar table // succulent terrarium

This little area is in need of a lot of help. I have been on the prowl for some cool art to put behind the table but it has been a struggle. I can be a little picky but we're going to be looking at it for a long time so I want it to be a perfect fit. As for curtains, they should be going up this weekend (praise hands emoji). 

Get the look: actual rug shown (9x13) // Sofas from Ikea, slipcover yours // pillows from etsy

Next, the seating area! The couches are new and so is the rug...unfortunately I think the rug is going back to Target this week :(. In my opinion it is perfect for the room! I adore the color, its the right size, and it is soft BUT my husband isn't a fan and I don't blame him. I guess it is a little girly. Meh. I want him to love the house too though so back to the drawing board. 

Last but not least, is our bar cart. It adds the perfect amount of whimsy to the place.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Make it Monday: Watermelon Margs

It's Monday night, the first day of Summer, AND a juicy episode of the Bachelorette is on so naturally a delicious beverage was in order. This one is easy peasy...

For two margs, throw 3 cups of watermelon, half a cup of ice, half a lime (skinned), a teaspoon of sugar and 2-3 shots of tequila into a blender (I used my Ninja). Blend for 15 seconds and you're done!

As you can see our pool is finally looking good! It has been an uphill battle for sure! Adulting is no easy task. Throw in a pool and good gracious! So much work! There is scrubbing and chemicals and potential algae. Stressful. But the reward of chillin' by the pool with a marg in hand is def worth it!

Oh and last step...add a deliciously edible garnish ;)

Friday, June 17, 2016

5 Fashion Tips for Brides

It seems every time I look at Facebook these days, someone new is engaged and I love it. Being engaged is such a magical time in a couples lives and I think it should be celebrated to the MAX! White has always been one of my favorite colors to rock so when we got engaged I went all out on white dresses, white rompers, the whole nine yards. As a bride, you never know when you're going to need to look the part so I have put together a few tips to help you be ready for anything!

My first tip, is to find some shoes you can wear with any bridal look. I wore these Steve Madden Strappy Heels to practically every event I went to as the bride. They are classic and make your legs look great!

It is easy to get caught up in doing what everyone thinks you should do but if you want to wear a crop top or anything else that might be against the status quo to any of your wedding events, do it. So naturally, tip 2 is to be yourself. I wore this Taylor Swift inspired look to our rehearsal dinner. There were def some people that judged my attire but I was happy as a clam and felt super glam (that'd make a great rap lyric, call me Niki).

Following tip 2, tip 3 is that it is also important to consider who will be in attendance at your event. A bridal shower with small children in attendance requires a tasteful look that might be a little different than what you wear to a club for your bachelorette party.

No matter the occasion, you will most likely always end up wearing accessories you didn't plan on wearing like my above crown and bow bouquet. People like to give you sashes and veils and other crazy items so I suggest going light on the jewelry when you are getting ready for an event. Also, when you wear a veil, people will pretty much let you do whatever you want, so take advantage of it. 

As a lover of white, I wore the color for every event but the beauty of being a bride is that you can do whatever you want. I particularly love when brides wear blue like fashion blogger Vandi Fair did here to her Cinderella inspired bridal shower. Get it? "Something blue."

Here are a few outfits I love right now for brides: 

No matter what, cherish each moment because it goes by so fast! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Decor Daydream: My Office

Well look at this drab room that is soon to be my office/dressing room. Don't worry, it has already come a long way! You wouldn't believe how much of a difference hard wood floors make! 

This is the only room in the house that I am allowed to make super girly so you better believe I am going allllll out! Here is what I am thinking so far...

Target has truly been my go-to shopping destination for decor lately and I am so excited to now be affiliated with them! What does that mean you ask? It means I get #cashmoney if you buy anything that I am linking to in this post. Thank you for supporting Tilley's Threads ;) Oh and make sure you get a Red Card for free shipping (I have a Red debit card so I can't get into trouble, lol).

SO! This amazing hot pink rug is already in my possession and frames the room perfectly! Obsessed is an understatement. Plus, it comes in so many beautiful colors...I really want them all. I also already have this desk and love it. It is the perfect size and is going to look so chic under that large window!

Now since it will also be a dressing room, I plan on adding two clothes racks like these to the wall on the left (because the closet is way smaller than I am used to) as well as a shelf like this in between them to hold shoes and purses. I also have a storage bench like this one that will hold my craft stuff (#necessary) and this fun pillow will look adorable on top of it. Above the bench will be some sort of fun art like this sassy print or these framed flowers. Other fun accessories? Obvi pineapples and peonies, what kind of blogger do you take me for?

I do need some help though...I have run into an issue for shoe storage. Of course a few pretty pairs will be displayed on my shelf but I need a solution for the everyday kinds of shoes...anyone have any suggestions? SOS. Oh and have you seen any pretty curtains lately...I am being a lil picky...