wednesday white beauty

Loved reading about all of your fall memories in our scarf giveaway post.  Gave me some new ideas for our family, so thanks for sharing!  Comments will be open until tonight at midnight.  Now for some relaxing white, starting with this beautiful and simple entry.  The rest of the home tour is over here.


Temperatures are back in the 80’s here.  I’m so ready to start bundling up and wearing layers.  Come on, fall, I know you’re in there!  If I were to pick a pretty off-white sweater to wear in cooler weather, it would be this cozy number, which I just found on sale $30 less than other sites over here.  I like that it’s slouchy and versatile in that you can wear it off the shoulder or around your neck.


Someone asked about my nail polish color from the giveaway post.  It’s called Funny Bunny by OPI.  I love wearing white tones on my nails – it’s a classic look year round, whether you’re sweating in your boots begging for fall or freezing in your flip flops hoping for spring, ha.

I also like Marshmallow by Essie.




Halfway to the weekend!

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equestrian scarf giveaway + fun weekend recap

Crushing on the new equestrian print necktie and wrist scarves from Ex Voto Vintage, one of my favorite jewelry and accessory sources.  Today we are giving away one of their beautiful equestrian scarves!  Details a little later in the post.


These custom designed scarves are one-of-a-kind and made of cotton and silk voile – great weight for our climate in the South.  They come in four colors:  blue, charcoal, crimson, and burnt orange.  Available for pre-order here.  I loved the blue ; )

Thought it would be fun snap a few pics wearing the scarf on the beach and then show my daughter later in Atlanta with a totally different look.

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fall goodness

Hey fall, I sure do love everything about you.


Planning a surprise camp-out birthday party for our youngest and these easy peezy s’mores look fun.


Plaid blankets for guests on a chilly eve.  How adorable!


Pretty ways to update your bar cart for fall over here.


30+ different apple pie recipes here.


No doubt about it, fall brings goodness in every sense!



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wings of wisdom

Much of life is about learning how to gracefully transform from one moment or season into the next.  When it comes to transformations, I’ve found it helpful to have an attitude of wonder and adventure, so the transition feels more exciting than daunting.


While transformations can be exciting, they don’t always come in pretty packages.  At times they can feel unexpected, untimely, or just plain undesirable.  Makes me think about the butterfly and how many changes it goes through in one life.  A butterfly goes through remarkable transformations – from an egg to a caterpillar to pupa – before it can even fly.  When you look at a butterfly’s majestic design and fluttering wings, its beauty seems so effortless.  It’s hard to imagine it was once a worm-like creature crawling from one tree limb to the next.  A butterfly’s life is mostly transformations.  From the moment it’s an egg, it changes from head to tail – even its mouth transforms from one that nibbles milkweed to a tiny straw that can sip the nectar of a flower.




Each changing stage in a butterfly’s life has a different goal, which ultimately leads it into a magnificent state.  Once the it transforms into its final stage, the hard work isn’t over, as many migrate very long distances, followed by the females laying eggs.  All of this takes a great deal of strength and energy.

Our lives seem similar to that of a butterfly.  Think about how many transformations you’ve been through to get where you are today.  How many transformations, both big and small, have you experienced so far?  I look back at all the changing stages in my life and feel like that butterfly.  At times some changes were painful, some planned, and some completely exciting and fun.  In the end, they all brought me a greater perspective, new appreciation, and even wings of wisdom.  My wings are still growing. 

Just like the butterfly, beauty can come from a moment or season of transformation, even if first the change seems unattractive or prickly.  I’ve learned the key to successful transformation is having the patience and joy to really experience the process.  Feel it, live it, don’t wish it away.  You will find beauty in the end result.





Today I wish you joy and peace in a season of change you may be facing.  Know that you are developing  wings of wisdom and with that transformation comes beauty.

Enjoy your beautiful wings.

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