Dressing for Fall in the South

You guys! I woke up this morning and it was chilly! And not just chilly, it was in the 50s! For Savannah, that is something to celebrate.

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This has been the hottest fall that I can remember. Lately, the temperatures have been in the 90’s with the heat index being over 100! I tried dressing my daughter cute for the Pumpkin Patch and she was sweating. Her little cheeks were so red and I felt terrible.

I have come to accept the fact that I live in the armpit of the United States and, unfortunately, our weather is never really going to cooperate. Because of this, I have learned to make the best of the warm temps.

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When I first saw this kimono, I was obsessed. I loved the fact that it would allow me to layer in our hotter fall temperatures. I love layering because it gives off fall vibes but it can easily be adapted to your climate. In Savannah, I need lightweight, breathable layers to keep my cool in our humid environment. While this kimono looks heavy, it is actually a very lightweight material. The billowy sleeves allow my skin to breathe and my fall-loving soul is happy for a day.

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Another great thing about a warmer fall is the fact that you can still incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe. When I think of fall colors I picture rich jewel tones and neutral shades. A warmer climate means you can easily sneak bright color into the mix and still look like you are dressing for the season.

And while I firmly believe that there really is no rules when it comes to fashion, a warmer fall means that it is totally acceptable to wear white as long as possible. I have never been one to follow fashion rules, but a lot of people really do follow the “No white after Labor Day” rule. Here in the south, the heat allows for white to be incorporated into your outfits for much longer, and that is a trend that I fully support.

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Honestly, no matter where it is that you live, I firmly believe that you should wear what makes you happy. If that is flip-flops in the middle of a January snow storm, then I say go for it! When you are happy about an outfit, you are going to exude confidence, and when you exude confidence, people are going to look at you and think that you look just as great as you feel! Remember, there really is no rules when it comes to fashion anymore so hold your head high and rock whatever it is that you feel like wearing!

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Shop My Kimono and Similar Styles:

Kimono | Crop | Skinnies | Clutch | Earrings | Heels | Sunglasses

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Photography courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

 

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Expanding my Horizons: Taking a Leap into the Field of Styling

In the world of blogging, you are usually the one in front of the camera. I am constantly making sure that I am picture perfect and ready to make sure that the camera captures the best image. But what happens when you step behind the scenes? What happens when you take a step back and start styling someone else? This past summer, I expanded my horizons to find out.

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The entire world of blogging has always intrigued me. I love the crisp, clean images. I love finding just the perfect words to go with your pictures. I love gathering inspiration from others around me. It is something that I truly enjoy having in my life. Since I enjoy each aspect so much, I decided to take on a different role. Instead of being the one in front of the camera, I decided to take a step behind the scenes and dabble into the world of styling.

My best friend Mary Elaine, of It’s Mary Elaine, launched her blog this summer. Before she could officially set it live on the internet, she needed good, high quality images of herself to build her image. Knowing that I already had experience in this field, she reached out to me to help her put outfits together and assist on the day of her photo shoot.

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I met up with her a few days before the shoot to pick out outfits. We met up at one of our favorite, local boutiques, RMC, to put together and borrow a few outfits. She explained the vision that she was hoping for in her pictures so that I would get an idea for outfits. She also shared her mood board on Pinterest with me so I would have a few visuals. We put together 5 different outfits to shoot.

With the outfits in place, I was able to gather accessories, shoes and props to add to her photographs. I got lucky in the fact that Mary Elaine and I are the same size in shoes. Normally, a stylist would have to borrow or buy the shoes for a shoot, but since she was my size, and I have an extensive collection, I was able to pull from my own closet.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Brooke Roberts of Brooke Roberts Photo. She had great vision, amazing ideas and just a good eye for capturing the perfect shot. During the shoot, I assisted Brooke with props, adjusting Mary Elaine’s clothes, and fixing stray hairs. It was a great experience to see her work and the images that she captured were stunning. I absolutely loved the experience. It was amazing to see someone value my opinion. When I saw the finished product it was such an awesome feeling to see little details that I suggested being captured in the photo. I was so thankful for the opportunity and I will defitely be styling more in the future.

If you are in need of a wardrobe stylist, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have worked a few other photo shoots since Mary Elaine’s and they have all been a great experience with amazing results. I am also available to style outfits for events, closet makeovers and personal shopping. Whatever your styling needs, I am happy to help!

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I encourage you to check out Brooke’s website to see other examples of her work. I also encourage you to check out Mary Elaine’s blog. She is a true beauty and a great asset to our blogging community here in Savannah.

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All photography courtesy of Brooke Roberts Photo.

Extended Nursing: A Look Back on an Amazing Bond

Somehow, time has flown incredibly fast and my sweet babe turned 2 on September 3rd. These past two years with her have been absolutely incredible. I never realized how much I was missing in my life until I became a mother. The day that I birthed that beautiful 7 pound, 11 ounce baby girl was the day that my life truly began. It was a difficult pregnancy and an even more difficult delivery, but it was a worth it the moment I got to hold my little red-headed beauty. I encourage you to check our her birth story when you have time, but today I am here to talk about two years of an amazing bond I shared with my daughter.

Even before I ever knew that I was pregnant, breastfeeding my future child was important to me. It was the one thing that I wanted to be able for my child and I was willing to do whatever it took to make that a reality. As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I started reading about and learning as much information as I could to be successful in my breastfeeding journey.

While the information that I learned was helpful, I really feel like nothing prepares you for breastfeeding. I would be lying if I said that it was an easy journey. Those first few weeks were hard. I cried through feedings, fought with milk blisters on my nipples and had many sleepless nights.

But I persevered.

After getting through the initial pain, I still had to deal with the sleepless nights. I was very adamant about her not having formula so it was only me that could feed her when she woke up during the night. I hated to give her a bottle when I was home because I struggled with my milk supply. I built up as much of a supply as I was able but, after 8 weeks, I had to return back to work. As a teacher, I had time set aside to pump but I was not always able. Meetings, planning and parent conferences got in the way and so my twice a day pump sessions became just once a day sessions. I was making just enough milk for Vivi to have while I was at work. I had an incredibly small freezer supply so I was constantly worrying what would happen if I spilled milk or had a bad pump session.

But I persevered.

After struggling, I came up with a good regimen that seemed to work to build up my supply. I was taking Motherlove More Milk Plus four times a day, eating Milkmakers Lactation Cookies at least once a day, and I was drinking at least half of my body weight in water. Not only this, but I was waking up before the baby to pump, pumping on the weekends, and pumping during holidays to help build up my freezer supply. It was a lot of hard work. To me, though, it was all worth it. Breastfeeding my daughter was still one of the most important things that I was able to do for her and I loved the fact that I was providing for her. It helped to build a bond between us that can never be replaced.

 While I always hoped to make it to 1 year of breastfeeding, I tried to focus on small goals to keep myself motivated and encouraged. First I focused on the first three days, then the first 3 weeks, then the first 3 months, and so on. At the 6 month mark we introduced homemade baby food (Check out my blog post on homemade baby food HERE) and baby led weaning and a knew that my journey was only going to get easier.

My long-term goal was going to become a reality because I had persevered.

The day my daughter turned 1 could not have been happier. Not only was I the mother of a happy, healthy one-year-old, but I had also made it to my goal of  1 year of breastfeeding. Thrilled was an understatement. I was proud of all that I was able to accomplish and amazed that my body was able to provide nourishment for my daughter for an entire year. While we did switch her to almond milk during the day, I was not ready to give up that bond or the ability to provide nutrients for my daughter. I made the decision to continue nursing her in the morning and at night. I think I enjoyed this toddler nursing period, in a lot of ways, more than I did nursing her through infancy. I feel like since the stress of pumping and producing enough was removed from the equation, I was able to focus more on the bond an my ability to both nourish and comfort. It didn’t bother me that Vivi  was essentially using me as a pacifier. She needed me and I wanted to be there for her.

This continue on until this past summer. The morning that Vivi turned 22 months old, I made the decision to wean her. She actually did very well and only asked for her “Boos” twice. When we told her she could have her cup instead, she did just fine and never once cried. It was a truly perfect transition.

Now, as a sit her with my milk completely dried up, I want to encourage you to whatever you think is best for your baby. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that your baby is happy and fed. While we made the decision to not use formula, I have nothing against the mother’s who choose this option and am actually very thankful that an alternative option exists. For some women, breastfeeding is just not a possibility or an option. It is truly amazing that we live during a time when a food source is available to our babies other than a mother’s milk. I cannot imagine not having that option. I also want to encourage you to believe in yourself. Is breastfeeding is something that you want for your child, believe and know that you are capable. There is so many different options to help and encourage you through this period. Seek support! Some many different resources are available to new moms!

I leave you with one final word of encouragement.

You are not alone.

No matter what it is that you are going through in your breastfeeding journey, please know that you are never alone. There have probably been thousands of women, myself included, that are feeling or experiencing exactly what you are going through. Through all of this, my biggest encouragement and support was from other breastfeeding Mommas. They constantly encouraged, offered advice and even brought me lactation cookies! As women, we really do need to stand together, especially in times like this. It won’t always be easy, but is possible and, for me, the joy that I experienced from this bond was worth way more than any troubles or pain!

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to share your own breastfeeding journey! I always love to hear from you!

 

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Photography: Monica Bailey Photography

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

GroopDealz Girl

It is no secret that I absolutely love shopping.

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I love the thrill of online shopping. I love getting new clothes in the mail. I love the sound of a tag popping off of a new item and I really love making new outfits. A shopping obsession can become very expensive very fast so I am thankful for websites that make shopping both budget friendly and fun. My personal favorite is GroopDealz.

GroopDealz is a website that brings lots of amazing items, from many different small business boutiques, together on one website. While they have housewares, kids clothes, monogrammed goodies, and gifts, my favorite thing to shop for is the clothes! They always have amazing deals and are constantly getting new items.

The top pictured is a recent purchase and I love how on trend it is for fall. It has great embroidery detail and the cutest little ruffle trim on the sleeves. It was only $20 and can easily be worn throughout all of the seasons, depending on what I pair it with.

My little burgundy loafers were also a GroopDealz find and they were less than $6! Can you believe that deal?! I couldn’t resist and also bought them in an off-white color. They are super comfortable and were made really well, especially for the price.

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My cardigan was a perfect purchase, especially for the coming cooler months. Since I live in South Georgia, our winters are very mild. Usually a thick cardigan or sweater is all that we need to stay warm. I have to admit that I have quite a few in my closet, but I could not resist this great cognac color. It will go with everything and is so cozy. Prepare to see it in abundance over on my Instagram.

Another great purchase from GroopDealz was these amazing olive booties. They were only $28 and the color is  fabulous! I paired with this amazing tulle dress but they will also pair with skirts, booties, skinnies and leggings, all season long!

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This romper is probably one of my favorite GroopDealz finds of all time! I cannot even begin to express just how comfortable this little number is to wear. Best part? It has pockets! I purchased it in the olive color but it was also available in a few other colors. I have easily dressed it up for a night out with friends and it is perfect for staying comfy and lounging around the house.While it is not currently available, I have seen this exact romper, as well as similar styles, available at different times over the past few weeks. It is important to check GroopDealz frequently because they are always getting new items!

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Another favorite find is this simple knotted tee. As a busy Mom, I need clothes that are both functional and comfy. Chasing a two-year old is not easy work, but shirts like this make it a lot more comfortable, and a lot more stylish. They always have similar tunics available in different styles. They are usually long enough to wear with leggings and, of course, your favorite skinnies!

I highly encourage you to check out GroopDealz and add some fun, functional pieces to your own wardrobe. You can definitely get some goodies without breaking the bank! Check them out and let me know what you think! I would love to see what GroopDealz goodies make their way into your own wardrobe!

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: I received a credit to GroopDealz in exchange for my honest opinion and styling of my items. Affiliate links are used and I may receive a small commission.

Dating my Spouse and Dressing up with Goodwill

When you become a parent, it is really easy to forget that you were first a spouse.

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Since having Vivi, our already full plates have been overflowing. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and, unfortunately, it is usually Date Night that gets cut from our agenda for the week. We still go out for dinner but, at the end of the day, it is just easier to take Vivi with us than it is to get a babysitter or drop her off with her grandparents.

As Vivi gets older, she is starting to pick up on more things. She repeats things that have been said, copies mannerisms, and exhibits some of the same mannerisms and me and her father. I really want her to have good role models in her life and what better place than to have that then in our own home. Having a healthy, loving relationship with her father will show her what a good relationship should look like. It will show her what to look for in a spouse and what to aspire to have in a relationship. It is because of all of this that I realized that now, more than ever, I need to make time to date her Daddy.

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Our relationship has by no means been easy. It seems like everything has been a whirlwind. Dating, becoming engaged and getting married happened within the span of a year. We were in love and ready to get our lives started but that didn’t make the things we were facing as a couple any easier. As if all of that wasn’t a whirlwind, we found out we were pregnant with Vivi just two months after having gotten married. While we love her more than we can ever express, we were not planning on having children that soon. I really feel like we didn’t give ourselves the chance, as a couple, to grow and mature. It is because of this that I feel that it has become natural for us to not make date night a priority. But all of that changes today.

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Before I was ever Vivi’s Mommy, I was Justin’s wife. As much as it pains me to think about it, Vivi will grow up and start a family of her own one day and it will just be me and Justin. If we don’t build a firm foundation in our relationship now, it will only be natural for us to have more problems in the future. The last thing I want is a crumbling foundation in our future relationship so I am making the changes necessary to ensure that does not happen.

Justin and I actually have a date night planned for this weekend and it will be the first one we have been on in over 6 months! Can you believe that? I am excited to be dating my husband and I am going to make it a priority in our lives. He deserves my time and attention just as much as my daughter and, as his wife, I am going to do whatever I can to ensure that our marriage is successful.

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Since I am going to be having a lot of Date Night’s in my future, I will definitely need to look my best. Lucky for me, my local Goodwill is right around the corner! Since people are constantly bringing in items and donating to Goodwill, you never know what you are going to find. There is literally something new every day! On our last visit, my husband and I took the time to pick out something to wear for one another. My husband picked out this adorable dress for me and I picked out a great button down for him. Both of the items that we picked our were name brand and usually sell for significantly more than the price we paid. My husbands shirt is from J. Crew and they usually sell for about $60. We paid less than $5! My dress is by the brand Karlie. These dresses usually retail for around $90 and we paid less than $6!

With all of the money that we saved on our clothes, we can have dinner, a movie, and go out for dessert!

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission. I may also be paid for my mention of the Goodwill Company.

A Cool Cardi at an Even Cooler Price

Here in South Georgia, the season may be fall but the weather definitely still thinks that it is summer.

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I am beyond ready for the season of blanket scarves, boots and sweaters. I live for fall. It is my absolute favorite season! Unfortunately for me, living in South Georgia means that we really only have two seasons: unbearably hot and everything else. I love those “everything else” days when I can walk outside without melting. I love the days when I need to throw on a sweater to combat the briskness in the air and I love them even more when I need to pile on a scarf.

Alas, those days do not seem to be insight anytime soon so I will just have to find ways to dress for fall without causing my body to get overheated.

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One of my favorite ways to achieve the fall look without melting is with a lightweight cardigan. The extra layers help you feel my appropriate for the season but the the lighter material allows for a more breathable outfit. I was so excited when I found this long cardigan from SheIn because it gave me everything that I needed for early fall days in South Georgia. The material is very lightweight and can easily be thrown over a tank or a shirt. For this look I chose a tank. It was a rather hot day and a tank was necessary in Savannah. I paired it with my favorite black skinnies, the cutest sandals (that are actually quite comfortable), and a fun handbag and pair of earrings. Best part of this outfit? The prices!

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You read write! The prices are the best part of this outfit! My skinnies were on sale for less than $17, my shoes were only $20, my tank was less than $10 AND this cardigan was only $11! Say what??!! Seriously guys, if you are not shopping SheIn then you are seriously missing out. It is one of my favorite places to shop for fun, trendy pieces at a great price. Considering the items ship from out of the country, shipping is actually very fast. The one piece of advice that I would offer is to read the comments and check the size charts. Customers are great about giving comments about the fit of items and material. The size charts give you exact measurements and help tremendously. The size chart varies with each item so it is imperative that you read the chart for each item, but it has always helped me order my correct size.

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If you want to shop my cardigan, or any of my other items, just click the links below!

Cardigan | Skinnies | Tank | Sandals | Earrings | Handbag

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Photography courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: I received this cardigan free from SheIN in exchange for my blog post. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

The Best Accessory: At Home Teeth Whitening + Giveaway

Growing up, I never had perfect teeth. I sucked my thumb until I started Kindergarten, pressing on my front teeth. Because of this, they started to push out and separate, leaving with a buck-toothed smile. I also had way too many teeth for my mouth and, because of that, I had to have many pulled. Luckily, I had amazing parents that quickly put me in braces. The journey was long and painful but now I have pretty perfect teeth!

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After all that effort that was put in to make my smile the best that it can possibly be, I try to do whatever I can to keep it looking great. One of the things that I have realized the older I have gotten is that your smile is your best accessory. A great smile can make you look like a million dollars, no matter what you are wearing. The way that I can my smile looking its best is with bright, white teeth.

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Recently, I have teamed up with Smile Brilliant to give me the best looking smile possible. It has been an amazing process that has given me the best smile of my life. Not only this, but it was super easy to do. The kit comes with a putty so that you can make a perfect mold of your teeth.  Once you have made the mold, you send it off and they make a tray that is the perfect fit for your teeth. Because of this, you can literally do almost anything while you whiten! No messy trays, no dripping gel, no annoying light! While I whitened I cooked dinner, went to the grocery store, put on makeup, took a shower… my possibilities were endless!

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After my whitening treatments, I am definitely a believer. The results were amazing and they really seem to last. It was easy and painless and will definitely be something that I use again in the future. Besides my amazing results, I am giving away a whitening kit to one of my readers! Want to enter? It’s super easy! Just visit www.smilebrilliant.com/g/beingmrsfowler!

Being Mrs. Fowler Smile Brilliant Results

If you cannot wait for the giveaway and are anxious to start now just visit Smile Brilliant and enter the code “beingmrsfowler15” at checkout. That will save you $15 off of any tray set! I can promise that you will love your results.

I also encourage you their website to read testimonials by other happy customers. You will see some amazing results and some very satisfied clients!

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: I received my whitening kit as a part of complimentary collaboration from Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.