Book with Brooke: A Hair Transformation with Brooke Marie

Do you ever just reach the point with your hair that you know you desperately need a change? That was the point that I had reached.

While I loved my super blonde locks, my hair was growing out leaving me with unsightly roots. After weaning my daughter from nursing this past summer my hair was still falling out in clumps but I was also getting new growth from when I lost my hair after baby. The result was a thin, straggly (is that even a word) mess, with severely damaged ends, that had constant flyaways thanks to all of my baby hairs.

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I called up my good friend and hair stylist and, being the amazing woman that she is, she was able to squeeze me in the next night. I was thrilled!

I told her exactly what I wanted, showed her a few inspiration photos, and then we got to work.

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The first thing that Brooke did was darken up my roots. This was going to help keep my hair looking fresh as my hair continued to grow. It would give it a natural ombre and help prolong my visits to the salon. Then she added some gorgeous blonde highlights to brighten everything up and frame my face.

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Once she had finished the color, I had to sit under the dryer to speed up the coloring process. The drying room was the cutest little space. From the colorful rug to the art on the wall, it was the perfect place to enjoy your drying time. The art on the wall was actually painted by one of the hairstylists at the salon making them that much more special. After the drying was finished, it was time for toner and good wash!

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Then it was time for the fun part! With a quick snip, a chunk of my hair was gone. It was fun, freeing and instantly made me feel so much better. She shaped it up, blew it dry and gave me some loose, wavy curls. The result was amazing and I was thrilled with the results.

If you are local to Savannah, I encourage you to “Book with Brooke.” She is located at The Salon at McCall Plaza in Rincon, GA. She is also available for weddings, proms or any other event that you may need!

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Let me know what you think of my results! You know that I always love to hear from you!

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Best of Savannah Gift Guide

Christmas truly is the most magical time of the year and here in Savannah, we definitely know how to do it right. From fully decorated river boats adorned with Santa, to completely edible Gingerbread displays, this is one time of the year where Savannah can do no wrong. And amidst the moss covered oaks and a hint of salt air, nestled along our perfect squares and busy streets, you can find some of the cutest shops, perfect for all of your gift giving needs.

I have compiled a list of some of my absolute favorite shops in Savannah. Each one adds its own charm and whimsy to our beautiful city and offers shoppers more than just products. They offer an experience. I encourage you to check out these amazing small businesses and find something perfect to finish off everyone on your list!

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Goorin Brothers Hat Shop

Nestled in on the bustling street of Broughton, you can find Goorin Brother’s Hat Shop. I have to admit that this store was a very recent find for me. While shopping at a few of my favorite stores on the same block, I couldn’t help but notice a display of gorgeous hats in the window. Recently, I have come to love wearing hats. I feel like they add something special to any outfit and are truly the perfect fall accessory. They can also put off washing your hair by a day or two and that is amazing for this super busy Mom!

While Goorin is not a local business, they are part of a very small chain of  hat stores that carry hats for men, women and children. They have numerous hats to choose from and they even boast a line that is made right here is the U.S. The inside is quaint and instantly reminds you of an antique shop. I loved being able to try on all of the hats in their large mirrors. The hats come in different widths so you can be sure that you are getting a hat that will fit your head!

This little shop is perfect for that hard to shop for person on your list. With a wide array of hats, you are sure to meet everyone’s needs! Not local to Savannah? No problem! They have a full inventory available on their website so that you can get a perfect hat wherever it is that you may live. I encourage you to check out all of their options and find something that is perfect suited to your style.

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Nourish

If you pass outside of Nourish on Broughton Street, you can’t help but notice the amazing smell of lavender, honey, and other amazing scents. What you are smelling is a full line of homemade bath products that are made locally, right here in Savannah. Not only are they locally made but they are also all natural. I think it is so important to know what is in the products that you are using and at Nourish you never have to worry about their ingredients.

In store they have a full line of bath bombs, soaps, shower gels and lotions. With a wide variety of scents you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. While I love the bath bombs, my personal favorite is the line of baby products. I don’t want anything harsh or fake on my little girls delicate skin and I love that products from Nourish are free from chemicals. Besides their locally made products, they also sell a variety of other natural bath accessories so they really have everything to meet all of your essential needs. While they have a few locations to shop locally in Savannah, they also sell all of their products online if you are not local. I encourage you to check them out and order yourself a bath bomb, or six!

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fab’rik

Also on Brought Street, you can find one of my absolute favorite clothing stores, fab’rik. While fab’rik is technically not a local small business, they are a small chain of franchise boutiques throughout the south. While there are other locations, the majority of them are sprinkled throughout the South East corner of the United States. Since it is a franchise, I love that you are still supporting a family instead of a large corporation. Fab’rik boasts a variety of clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories, all priced at less than $100. The one exception to this would be their assortment of high quality jeans and Spanx leggings.

At our store, the girls are super nice and very helpful. They almost always have a special and have a large clearance section so that you can always find a good deal. The pieces in store are unique and unlike other items in similar boutiques. I love the fit of the clothes and that I can always look my best without breaking the bank. While the main location is on Broughton Street, they can frequently be found at different events hosting a pop-up boutique, making their items even easier to acquire. Since fab’rik is a chain of stores, they have all of their items available to shop on their website so that you can order a gift for all of the ladies on your list without ever having to leave home.

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RMC Boutique

Another adorable clothing boutique that I love to shop is RMC Boutique. Owned and operated by my good friend Rosa, RMC is a true small business that supports people right here in our community. What started as a hobby, became a passion and career for Rosa. She quickly outgrew her original location on Broughton Street and built RMC into the amazing boutique that it is today. Located at the end of Bay Street, RMC is sure to carry something for everyone on your list.

This time of year, my favorite thing that RMC carries is a variety of comfy leggings and cozy oversized sweaters. I also love the I can walk in and find something for any event that I may be attending. I have found birthday outfits, outfits for a night out and even outfits to wear to blogger events. I love that my money is supporting a friend who is putting money right back into our community. Besides the amazing clothing options, RMC is also the only business in Savannah that has a license to sell Kendra Scott, other than the Kendra Scott located on Broughton. This is actually where I was able to buy my very first Kendra Scott piece and start my love for this designer. RMC also has a license to sell Loren Hope, Savannah Bee Company, and does embroidery in house. It really is a one-stop-shop for all of your gift-giving needs. If you are not local, you can shop everything online at their website that is updated daily!

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Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

What is a gift guide without something to satisfy your sweet tooth? On the beautiful, historic waterfront of River Street you can find Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. As soon as you approach the store, you are instantly hit with the smells of chocolate, caramel and popcorn. With an expansive store, laying out across four different rooms, you can literally find every candy imaginable. They are also always giving out free samples so you can taste away until you find the exact sweet to satisfy your craving.

Upon entering, you can see employees hard at work scooping homemade ice cream, popping homemade caramel corn, and coating apple and rice krispies with chocolate, caramel and other yummy toppings. Crossing into the next room, you find workers pulling taffy in all flavors with a large assortment of tins to fill with this sweet treat. The next room is my personal favorite because that is where you can find all of the pralines, candy apples, chocolate coated marshmallows, candied nuts, and so much more. You can always get a taste of pralines in this room and they also have a variety of baskets already wrapped up, perfect for gifting. The last room is lined with every bulk candy imaginable. They have huge barrels of sweets and a wall of nostalgia candy that is sure to satisfy everyone.

Not local to Savannah? No problem! You can order many of their yummy treats online! These yummy treats will be the perfect stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

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Cutter’s Point Coffee

For my final recommendation, I have to mention Cutter’s Point Coffee. Located on Skidaway Island on the Southside of Savannah, this is quaint little coffee shop that is perfect for catching up with friends, meeting after church, or studying for a big test. The rich aroma of coffee waifs through the air as you order a drink and get comfy in one of their chairs. They also have a convenient drive-thru window so you never even have to leave your car to get your caffeine.

My personal favorite treat to order from Cutter’s Point is their Chai Lattes. While I originally would drink them with Soy Milk, I have since changed to Almond Milk and the drink is just as yummy. Besides their coffee drinks, comforting teas, and delicious baked treats, they also sell ground coffee and coffee mugs. These items are perfect for office gifts, a hostess treat, or just something to keep at the house for all of your holiday guests. While you won’t be able to order an Iced Caramel Macchiato to be delivered to your house,  wouldn’t that be nice, you can check out their online shop to order ground coffee, K-Cups, mugs and gift cards!

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I hope you have enjoyed my “Best of Savannah” gift options. These are all business that I personally love and regularly frequent. I know that you will be able to find something for so many people on your list so I definitely encourage you to check each one of them out. If you are local to Savannah, stop in and say “Hi” and make sure to tell them that Being Mrs. Fowler sent you. Make sure to leave me a comment if you decide to make a purchase! I would love to know your personal picks!

Happy Holidays!

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Disclaimer: While these are my personal picks, I was compensated for my time and promotion of these businesses with items from their shops.

Making a List and Checking it Twice with Marley Lilly

It is no secret that this Southern Girl loves a good monogram. There is just something about the flowy script of your initials on a shirt or bag that makes it so much more appealing. Lucky for me, all of the ladies in my family feel exactly the same way!

Marley Lilly has become a one-stop shop for me during the holidays because I know that I will be able to find something for all of the ladies in my family that they will love. I know that many women, not just Southern, feel exactly the same way, so I teamed up with Marley Lilly to present to you my Gifting Essentials! All of these goodies will be perfect for someone on your list and, they are such great deals, you can afford to throw something in for yourself!

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Monogrammed Reversible Sherpa Pullover

Fall is all about layers and dressing cute, and this pullover definitely helps to keep you warm and stylish. I cannot even begin to express how soft the sherpa is on this pullover and the picture truly does not do this item justice. The plaid is the perfect balance of color and I love that you have the reversible option. This is perfect for you sister who is always cold, or maybe your girlfriend to wear as she runs to class. It is definite must have for the fall!

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Monogrammed Plaid Tote Bag

As a busy mom, I am constantly on the lookout for bags that are both functional and stylish. Luckily, this bag has both. It is roomy enough on the inside that I can easily carry my essentials, as well as my daughters, and the cute plaid print keeps me looking cute and put together. This bag would be the perfect gift for anyone who always needs to carry a lot of stuff! It can double as a diaper bag or school bag, or just be an exceptionally spacious handbag!

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Tortoise and Gold Hollywood Monogrammed Sunglasses

If you are like me, you never leave the house without sunglasses. I believe that they can add so much to an outfit. If you have been following my blog for a while now, you can probably tell that sunglasses are a staple in my wardrobe. I always have a pair on, and I own multiple pairs. I love that Marley Lilly offers sunglasses because even when I am hiding my darkest under eye circles, I am still looking chic with monogram. These would be perfect for anyone on your list! They have a variety of styles and options so you can pick a pair to best suit their, or your, style!

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Monogrammed Rhinestone Ring Stack

When you find good jewelry at the right price, that is always a good gift option. Add on a complimentary monogram and your gift just went to the next level. The great thing about jewelry is that it is almost always going to fit. No matter how your weight fluctuates, jewelry will remain the same. It remains a classic that you can use throughout the years, no matter how the styles or trends change. I love the stack-able monogram ring because you get so many options. Wear the monogram alone, stack it with all of the rings or only a few, however you decide, it is a timeless choice that you can wear for years to come. The best part about this set is that it comes with both silver and gold rings so it can easily be worn with any jewelry.

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Monogrammed Hair Bow

While the holidays can be fun for us adults, it really is all about the kids. I love that Marley Lilly has great options for kids of all ages. If your daughter is like mine, she has more toys than she knows what to do with. While she is still young, I like getting her practical gifts that she can actually use. I love the monogrammed bow option because this is something that share can wear now and in the years to come. While I went with classic black, their is a variety of bow colors as well as font colors. And it is not just for little kids either! Sometimes I love finishing off my perfect, preppy ponytail with a bow and I can not imagine a better bow than one that includes my monogram. This really is a great stocking stuffer for so many of the girls in your life!

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Monogrammed Cosmetic Bag

Sometimes, a practical gift is best. While I love searching for the perfect gift for every person on my list, sometimes I am stumped and just don’t know what to buy. When that happens, I love ordering these monogrammed cosmetic bags. At some point, everyone is going to travel. When I pack my belongings I love for everything to be in cute, spacious bags. Nothing throws off your good travel vibes than having to throw everything into a plastic bag. The great thing about these cosmetic bags is that they are roomie enough for so much more than just cosmetics. Travel toiletries, toothbrushes and razors can easily fit into this bag making packing a stylish breeze!

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Monogrammed Tassel Scarf

Another great option for when you just don’t know what to buy someone is a scarf. A scarf is another one of those great pieces that remains timeless and can be worn no matter how your weight fluctuates. If it is the right material, it can be worn year round, making it one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. I love getting cute scarfs to put with a gift as an extra surprise. It is a fun, inexpensive way to give my loved ones a little somethings extra.  Marley Lilly has lots of great scarf options but I loved the cute little tassels on this option. It is actually for a gift so hopefully she likes it as much as I do!

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Monogrammed Tassel Keychain

As we grow older, something that we all have to have is a key ring. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be a cute key ring! Marley Lilly has so many different monogrammed options that would be the perfect gift for any lady in your life. It is another one of those practical but cute gifts that anyone is sure to love. I love these tassels keychains because I really feel like the tassel adds something extra. It also makes finding your keys in the bottom of your bag just a little bit easier!

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Hopefully some of these items will be perfect for some of the ladies on your list. I know that I would have loved to receive any of these things! Let me know what you decide to order! I always love hearing from you!

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Disclaimer: I received these items c/o Marley Lilly to style and feature in my Holiday Gift Guide. Affiliate Links are used so I may receive a small commission.

 

My Little Princess in Little Adventures

Vivi is getting to the age where she loves all things girlie. Baby dolls, tea sets, Barbies… you name it, she loves it! One of the things that she has recently started loving is dressing up in costumes.

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While dressing up is cute and a lot of fun, it can get expensive pretty fast, especially when your child is growing out of her clothes faster than you can buy them. I was thrilled when I found the company Little Adventures because I could get Vivi the costumes of all of the characters that she has come to know and love, without breaking the bank! They are super affordable, very well made and, best part, are machine washable! This is perfect since their are some days when she insist on wearing her Spanish Princess Dress all day, even meal times! Call me crazy but PB&J stains just don’t add anything extra to this beautiful dress.

I love this company because they realize that dressing up is not just for little girls. They have a wide array of costumes perfect for little boys, and even some for us grown-ups! I love dressing up at times and the Cinderella Dress is perfect for living out all of my childhood fantasies.

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Just in time for the holidays, I have teamed up with Little Adventures to offer you an amazing deal! At checkout, if you enter the code BMF15%, you can save 15% off of your entire purchase! That means that you can get a gorgeous dress for about $25! That is steal considering how much other brands tend to charge for their dresses. I am also offering a $30 store credit to one follower over on my Instagram so I encourage you to check me out at BeingMrsFowler!

Check out the dresses and let me know which ones are your favorite! I am definitely in the market for another one for Vivi and I would love your opinion!

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Disclaimer: I received this dress c/o Little Adventure’s to feature on my blog and Instagram. All opinions are my own.

Catching More Flies with Honey than Vinegar

In today’s society it is very easy to get caught up in being the best, having the best, and doing whatever it takes to make that happen. Sometimes that means that you stoop so low as to becoming a “mean girl.” It’s not always the case, and in the blogging industry, I have, luckily, come into contact with more people willing to help that those who are quick to put down. It makes me sad, though, when I do come into contact with a “mean girl” because women should be supporting one another.

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One of the things that I love most about the blogging community is the connections that you can make and the inspiration that you can gain. For the most part, almost everyone that I have connected with is super nice, very down to Earth, and extremely helpful. Even the biggest bloggers have been more that willing to respond to my comments, answer my questions, and just offer a kind word. One of the biggest examples of this kindness is Brooke of KBStyled. Even though she is one of the biggest people that I follow on Instagram, she always has answered my questions, responded to my Instastory comments, and shown some love. While I have never had the pleasure of meeting her, businesses have told me that she is one of the sweetest people to work with and that she is very grounded.

In this industry, I think that is so important. As women, we are constantly pitted against one another. Society urges us to be one way, people start rumors, and magazines portray only one certain image. It is hard. What I don’t understand is why some women make the society we live and work within even harder. I am not going to lie. I have come across some not so nice women in the blogging industry. The are quick to judge, unwilling to help, and will even make fun of other women. How is this ok? As women, we should be one another’s biggest advocates. We should be building one another up, not tearing one another down!

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One of my favorite recent hashtags on Instagram is #communityovercompetition. I love it because it shows that friendship and kindness are way more important than any sponsorship. When you have a girl gang that has your back, I promise that you will be able to accomplish so much more than you ever would have thought possible. That support, for me, is a constant drive. Here is Savannah I have the privilege of being a part of an amazing group of women called Savannah Influencers. Not only do these women have the biggest hearts and the most giving spirits, they also have strength, fire and determination. They push me to be a better version of myself. They push me to not only reach for my goals, but to take them and make them a reality. Doesn’t that sound so much better than putting someone down?

I have been the mean girl before. It is not fun.

It is lonely, depressing, and you end up feeling even worse than the person that you are putting down. In the mean girl society, no one wins. What I don’t understand is why women  still subject themselves to that behavior. Why they allow hatred to creep in and take over. What was ever accomplished from hatred? What was ever achieved through hurtful words? I am not perfect, but I learned a long time ago that my Mom was right. You catch way more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

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I urge you today to make some changes and only be supportive. Find a group of girls who support you and push you towards your dreams. Don’t ever settle. Know your worth and surround yourself with people who build you up. We need to be examples for the young women around us. They need healthy examples of friendship, faith and style, and it is those people in the public eye who should be first to be that example. Remember the hashtag #communityovercompetition. We are far better off together as women supporting one another than we are as enemies!

If you want a good example, I urge you to check out Brooke’s blog and Instagram. She truly is a bright spot in the blogging community! And if you need a little encouragement, I encourage you to check out Savannah Influencers on Instagram. They share some of the best quotes that are usually exactly what you need to hear!

And speaking of Brooke, she is the reason that I am styling this dress! She has the pink version and I was smitten the moment I saw her post featuring this beauty. While checking it out at my local H&M, I was beyond thrilled to see this version. It was perfect for my needs and could be styled so many different ways! I definitely played up the accessories in my look, including this amazing hat from Goorin Bros. It is beyond adorable and has the cutest feather detail. We have a store on Broughton Street in Downtown Savannah and I love going and playing with all of their hats! They have so many cute options for men, women and kids, especially for this time of the year!

Check out my links below to shop my look and I encourage you to leave me a comment! I always love hearing from you!

Dress | Boots | Hat c/o | Earrings | Clutch | Belt | Sunglasses

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Mrs. New Bootie

Every season, I pick a few of the must-have trends that I need to add to my wardrobe. This fall, one of those trends was the over-the-knee boot.

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While I own a lot of boots, I have been loving the boots that cinch over-the-knee for a more fitted look. I looked at quite a few stores, dragging my husband around to get his opinion. I really wanted a good neutral color that I could wear with a lot of different options. Luckily, when I walked into my local DSW, these grey stunners caught my eye. I tried them on and I was sold. My husband even liked them!

After wearing them for a full day I can tell you that they stayed tied and cinched and I had very little problem with them slipping. While it did not slip somewhat throughout the day, I was very pleased with how well they stayed up on my leg.

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Since I really wanted the boots to be the highlight of my outfit, I opted for this adorable skirt. While this skirt is from last year, I found an almost identical option for a steal that I will link for you below. I sized up in the skirt so it would sit lower on my waist and be a little longer. My legs are very long and the super mini does not work when you are chasing around a very active toddler. I finished off my look with a basic white button-up and one of my favorite blazers from my local Goodwill. If you have not checked out my blog post for shopping for blazers at Goodwill then you are missing out! This is one of my favorite items to shop at Goodwill for and I love that I am adding a staple to my wardrobe while helping my community.

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I firmly believe that accessories can make an outfit and my accessories are definitely not an exception to this rule. While my belt and bag both look like they could be more expensive, they are actually amazing dupes! I will admit that I absolutely love a good designer find. I have a bucket list of designer items that I hope to own one day. Until I am able, though, I love finding items that look more expensive but are well within my budget. I will link my belt and bag and you definitely need to snag them while they are still available.

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What trends are you loving this fall? Anything that you are hoping to add to your wardrobe? I have a few more exciting pieces to share with  you over the coming weeks so definitely check back! And leave me a comment! I love hearing from you!

Shop my look with exact and similar styles below!

Button-Up | Skirt | Blazer | Boots | Handbag | Belt | Sunglasses

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If It’s Not Moving, Monogram It!

Hello November!

Welcome to the month of good food, good family, good friends and good clothes!

Good clothes? Heck yes!

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Here in South Georgia, it is pretty much hot all year long. Luckily, once November finally roles around, we get a break in the heat. It may only be for a day or two, but we embrace those days with cozy sweaters, warm scarves and cute boots! One of my favorite places to shop for all of these cold weather basics is Marley Lilly.

As a true Southern Girl, I firmly stand behind Reese Witherspoon’s motto, My rule is, if it’s not movingmonogram it! Marley Lilly also stand firm on this motto and offers an entire website of monorammable goodies. Whether you are looking for a cozy sweater, a warm scarf, or cute boots, they have everything for your cold weather needs.

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On a recent trip to the mountains of North Carolina, I was grateful to have my Marley Lilly goodies to wear to keep warm. My current favorite is this amazing Monogrammed Boyfriend Sweater. It is so cozy and I love the oversized feel. It was perfect to wear with my favorite leggings and a basic tank. It would also be adorable with a pair of skinny jeans and boots. To stay with my monogrammed theme, I paired my sweater with my Monogrammed Duck Boots. They were beyond comfortable and looked super cute with a pair of thick knee socks pushed down.

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I encourage you to check out their site and see what other mongrammed beauties they have to offer! I already have a cart full of goodies that I cannot wait to order! This Mom is going to be monogrammed and ready for any cool weather that comes our way! I have linked a few of my favorites for you to check out:

Reversible Sherpa Pullover | Loafers | Plaid Tote Bag | Rhinestone Ring Stack

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: I received these items courtesy of Marley Lilly to style on my blog. I have also used affiliate links and may receive a small commission.