Life Lately & An Instagram Roundup

Happy Tuesday, loves!

What about this week is so magical?! I love Thanksgiving. I love opening my home to the people we love, hosting a beautiful dinner, spending the day in the kitchen with my husband. I love so much about it. I’m not even that bothered by the kids being home this week because the weather is so beautiful that they just want to be outdoors, and we are able to work with the doors and windows open. It’s just…pretty. I love it.

Life has just been good lately. I know I say that a lot, and I know my enthusiasm for life probably invites a few eye rolls here and there, but I don’t care. Anyone who has any interaction with me on a daily basis knows there are a few things that Make. Me. Crazy. (safety patrol parents. my sweet little nephew. Science fair projects. Just to name a few). But really, I have no complaints and most of those I do have are pretty simple, so that’s something to be happy about.

This weekend was a good one. It was one of those weekends we didn’t have anything planned – and we needed that. We’ve not been home the past month or so on the weekends, and we were just tired. Every night last week was late…we were just tired.

Thursday night last week was a late one. I went with some of my girlfriends to the United Way’s Little Black Dress fundraiser at a local winery, followed by dinner with some of my girlfriends I ran into at the event. It was fun, but it was also 11 pm before I got home! Friday night was family date night, but the kids asked if we could just stay home for once. We were all about that, so we just picked up Olive Garden to go and relaxed at home for the evening.

We also decided to host an impromptu Gator Game Day party at our house. It was very casual with a sub bar and quick snacks, and somehow our luncheon/game day party turned into an all-day event, but it was easily one of the most fun days ever. Like, the kind of fun that leaves everyone saying over and over “This was the best day!” It really was, and I loved every second of it. Sunday ended with another impromptu plan when we went to a local brewery to judge our friend’s entry and turned it into a date night. He’s opening a brewery of his own in a few months, and we loved supporting him with our best friends…and a great dinner! I don’t care for dark beer at all, but he makes the least disgusting dark beer (but if you do love a dark beer, you’d have been in heaven).

Now it’s Monday. The kids are home, the day is beautiful. I’m cramming a full week worth of work into today, tomorrow, and a few hours Wednesday morning, and I’m kind of banging it out like a Rockstar. And that was with a two-mile run this morning, so I’m feeling pretty good. Which brings me to the point of today’s post – an Insta-Roundup.

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7Fam Raw Hem Ankle Jeans, Tory Burch flats sold out similar here, cardigan, tee shirt $5.99 from TJ Maxx, Givenchy Large Square Sunglasses sold out smaller version here 

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7FAM jeans here, Manolo Blahnik pumps, BlankNYC vegan leather jacket, black tee $5.99 at TJ Maxx, Givenchy sunglasses linked in first photo 

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Nordstrom faux leather leggings here, OTK boots here, cowl neck sweater here, Givenchy sunglasses linked in first photo 

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Dress the Population sequin dress (also available on Rent the Runway), Christian Louboutin bow front slingbacks are old, but my second favorites here 

 

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The Casual LBD: The Perfect Way to Transition from Summer to Fall ( Or to Other Summer in Florida, anyway)

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You guys, today is the first day of back to school for our kids – and we are celebrating! Okay, so we took them to school, walked them to class, and ordered our favorite biscuits and gravy to go so we could come home and sit at our desks and eat them.

But it’s quiet. We are both sitting at our desks working in the silence. No one wants a snack. No one wants to scream at anyone else. No one is bickering. No one is complaining about Google Home playing Frank Sinatra radio.

It’s a good day.

And it’s also the first official day of fall in my book. Since we’re Floridians and that season doesn’t exist, it starts for me officially officially on September 1, but unofficially on the first day of school. Which means it’s time to transition the summer wardrobe into a fall wardrobe. Basically, it’s time to add a little black to the mix.

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So before I finish up a few deadlines and head off to yoga, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to go from summer to faux fall in Florida – with the basic back tee shirt dress. It’s everything – and this one is from TJ Maxx ($9.99, seriously). I love the tick neck detail, and I’ve linked to a few of my other favorite casual LBDs to transition.

Wear them with flats, add a pair of wedges, some booties, or some riding boots and a scarf to give them a little edge. And know that if you have the kind of weather that allows you to wear boots and a scarf with your casual LBD without dying of heat stroke – I kind of hate you a little.

A lot.

And not kind of.

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This casual LBD is one of my favorites. It’s easy to wear both casually as well as a little dressed up (and it’s only $68!)

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This casual LBD is perfect for casual outings and having a little fun.

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This casual LBD has the most fun flutter sleeves if you want something a little extra.

(Photos by Nordstrom)