Monday, July 25, 2016

Make it: Clothes Swap Party!

I know I am not the only one out there that feels like a hoarder lately. After moving, my eyes were opened to the HUGE amount of clothes that I have and no longer wear anymore. I was talking with a few friends about it and we decided to have a clothes swap! We did it a few weeks ago and I am excited to share the idea with y'all because it was such an easy and fun way to hang out with a bunch of gals! 

To begin, we set a date 2 weeks out for a Thursday night. I volunteered to host. We told every lady we could think of to pile up what they don't love anymore and bring it over! 

I made some sweet tea and everyone else brought something yummy to snack on...

By the time everyone got there, we were going to town with everything everyone brought. One man's trash really can be another man's treasure. 

I also set up a clothes rack and almost felt like a little boutique in my living room!

I picked up a new dress and top that I've already worn twice...And the best part, no money spent! Of course not everything found a new home but we boxed it up and donated it. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Colorful in Cuddy

Summer is, and will always be, my favorite season. Besides the time I spend at beach, the pool, the lake (#lol #ilovewater), I love it for all the bright colors! My summer wardrobe has had pieces in it that have continued to be my favorites over the years and when I saw this romper, I knew I had to add it to the roster! 

I first came across the brand, Cuddy, when I was working at Monkee's and fell in love. All their stuff is so bright and great quality. The price point is a tad high but life I said, I plan on wearing this for years to come. Oh and I think this code at check out will give you 30% off this weekend ;).

Another place that I might be wearing this is to the Blog Societies Conference in Charleston in two weeks! Ahhhh! If you follow me on snapchat you have probably seen my posts as I prep for it with the hashtag #tbscon. This will be its 4th year and I cant even tell you how excited I am (check out last year here). There will be workshops on photography and SEO and so much more AND there will be some pretty big name bloggers there so you better believe I am going to be fan-girling it up! If you don't follow me on snapchat you may want to get on it so you can see alllll the fun hehe (@tilleysthreads). 

Outfit Details: Cuddy Romper (Size Small) // Ralph Lauren Bag // Loren Hope Bracelet 

Have a great weekend y'all!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Make it Monday: Hummus

I don't think I have ever met someone who doesn't love hummus. It is the perfect dip and has so many health benefits! It's got protein, vitamins, and heathy fats! I made my own this weekend and had to share it! 

I used 1 can of chick peas, 3 tablespoons of tahini sauce, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, the juice and a bit of zest from 1 lemon, half a teaspoon of pepper and a whole teaspoon of salt. Added it all my my ninja and blended till smooth! It was seriously so easy! Well, with the exception of finding the tahini sauce...that took a few grocery trips but I eventually found it at Trader Joe's.

The verdict? Better the Sambra. Boom.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Same Shorts, Different Year

I can hardly believe that I have been blogging for TWO YEARS! Time has literally flown by! The photo on the left was taken in Winston Salem, NC and I was a single lady (well dating Ry at the time) and on the right, I am in Virginia Beach, VA and married! If you told the girl on the left where she'd be in the photo on the right, she wouldn't believe you!

So commemorate this special time I decided to rock the shorts I wore in my first ever blog post (link here, click with caution lol) and to share what I have learned from blogging. But first, the #ootd details:

Topshop top (love! wearing sz 6) // Old Lilly shorts, similar here // Urban Expressions bag 
Jack Rogers sandals // H&M tassel earrings, similar here

Now, lets get down to it. What I have learned: 

  1. Just do it. I hear from people that want to start a blog allllll the time but they put it off because they want it to be perfect before they start. Girl, I have been blogging for 2 years and am far from perfect so just start. 
  2. Everyone and their mom does it now. Apart from the people thinking about starting a blog are the people that have a blog. There are sooooo many blogs out there and it is for this reason that I think you should blog about whatever you want. When I started, I only blogged about fashion but my life is so much more than that. So now, I blog about fashion and whatever else makes my heart happy in the hopeful mindset that it will make your heart happy too. 
  3. You gotta love it. Contrary to popular belief, blogging does not make you rich (case in point: I am wearing the same shorts from 2 years ago in this post). I started this blog with the idea that it would blow up and make me famous which equals lots of money. Oh how hilarious. If you see an amazon link on this blog, I can tell you that even if you decide to purchase what I am suggesting my percentages are low. More money will come with more readers but that takes time, so I post because I love to. 
  4. Celebrate others' success. This was a big lesson for me. We live in a world where it always looks like another blogger's (or person's, for that matter) grass is greener. I constantly compared myself to other bloggers. Some of them began 10 years ago and some began when I did (or even after). They'd have liketoknowit or a post sponsored by Lulu and Georgia and I'd get jealous! While I still occasionally compare, I try to push that out of my mind and be happy for that other blogger or person. I try to learn from their success, not envy it.
  5. It's worth it. Even when just one person says they read something you wrote and it helped them or they liked it or heck, even if they say they just read it, it feels great and is worth every minute (or hour or year lol) spent.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Surfboard Yoga

Y'all, there is nothing I love more than some awesome yoga pants and these might just be the most epic ones I have ever put on my body!!! I know you can see for yourself but they have SURFBOARDS on them! #obsessed

They are from LABL in Virginia Beach. LABL is owned by my new friend Lindsay who brought it here from NYC. I am beyond thankful because her stuff is so, SO cute! Check it out on instagram!

And I really have been doing some yoga lately as a way to destress and relieve my pains from all the darn water sports I have been trying lately (lol, I am the worst). I love to wake up early, head to the back room of our house (because there is so much natural light in there) and do this video. 

Child's pose is my fav. Lol. 

I am far from a yoga pro (as I am sure you can see by these hilarious pics) but I love the way I feel after! Do you do any youtube yoga routines? If so, I'd love to know which ones!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Make it Monday: Drop Cloth Curtains

Liz Marie has become my spirit animal as of lately. Her farmhouse decorating style has me constantly checking her blog and insta for inspiration. When it came time to add curtains to our living room, I was immediately drawn to her drop cloth curtains! They had the perfect look and I knew they'd be much more economical than the $49.99 PER PANEL curtains I had been looking at from Bed Bath and Beyond (not even my 20% off entire purchase coupon could make that feel ok).

SO, I had my dad install curtain rods similar to these 5 inches from the ceiling and 7 inches from the left and right sides of the window to create the illusion of having larger windows. Here are some photos of the rods in place...

Next, I hunted for drop cloths. Yes, I said hunted. My Lowes and Home Depot did not have many options so I ended up at Walmart. I have 4 windows and bought 4 9x6 foot drop cloths for under $10 each. How did I come up with 9x6? I kind of guessed/prayed. I couldn't find many suggestions online of size so I went with 9 feet because of the hight of my windows and 6 feet wide because I was concerned with my curtains being too heavy and that was the smallest they had, lol. 

You will also need some super sharp scissors and curtain rings with clips like these.

Cut the cloth directly down the middle fold. I guess you could measure 3 ft exactly if you wanted to but I get too excited and tend to rush (although in retrospect, I do wish I had ironed the cloths after cutting them). Next, measure the length from your curtain rod to the floor and subtract from 9 feet to figure out how long your fold over should be. Mine were 82 inches from the floor so my fold over was 16 inches.

Next, clip your rings to the top of the fold as equally apart as possible. Add them to your rod and you're done! $10 curtains! 

And just like that, my regularly scheduled blog content is back! July 4th (and a lake vaycay with my fam the following weekend) really threw me off but I am excited for the DIYs, #ootds, and heart to hearts I have planned for the rest of July! Stay tuned...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Make it: Cold Brew

Iced coffee is great but it definitely can get expensive. One of my dear friends told me the other day that it was super simple to make at home so I decided to try it for y'all! 

First I ground up some of my favorite coffee beans from Costa Rica (shop here). Then I added 6 cups of water and 1 cup of coffee grounds to a 7 cup container and refrigerated over night (12-24 hours). 

The next morning I poured the mixture into a pot (just because it had a pour spout), rinsed my original plastic container and grabbed a few regular old coffee filters.

I then put the coffee filter in the top of the container and slowly poured the coffee in. This actually took a while so if anyone figures out a faster way, please holla at your girl.

Then pour into your fav cup over ice. Add desired cream and you're good to go! Enjoy!