a few things

How about a chit chat post?  I just saw this exterior and it’s my favorite I’ve seen in years.  Love the colors.

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How’s your July coming along?  I’m not gonna lie, summer is kicking my boo-tay.  It’s been a wild couple of weeks.  Lots of nonstop action around here and some emotions.  This week our house was struck by lightening and fortunately only wiped out our electronics.  Could have been much worse!

I sold my beloved horse, Savez.  Something I’ve been agonizing over for a long time.  It happened much quicker than I anticipated, which threw me.  It was an incredibly tough decision.  Savez just wasn’t comfortable moving up with our training levels.  I decided it was best to find her the perfect home where she could stay at a level in which she was comfortable.  My trainer found her a loving family and she is living like a queen on 40 lush acres with a brand new barn – they text me pictures of her often.  And I cry happy and sad tears.  Ugh, so many tears over that horse.  Thank goodness she is only a two hour drive away and I can still visit and ride her!  I was planning a long post, but I’m still too emotional about it.  I’ m in the process of looking for my next horse…which is proving to be quite a task.  Here is one of my favorite memories with Savez – a one week clinic we did together in Ocala.  In this shot we were learning to ride without rein and bit contact.

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Love the subtle pop of seafoam blue in this great kitchen.  Just like the front door above.

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Had a birthday last week.  We took a quick road trip to Atlanta to celebrate.  Had a wonderful dinner with my husband at Bistro Nikko, my new fave.  I bought myself this tote as a birthday treat, which I had monogrammed in gold and love.  It’s such a classic.

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While in Atlanta, I had my first ride on “off the track” thoroughbreds as part of my horse search.  OTTD’s are racehorses whose careers end for various reasons, and they are given new jobs either in eventing, dressage, jumpers, or hunters.  It was quite an experience to try out green horses…especially ones who have raced!  This guy was so handsome.  Never raced, but super young and very green.  A bouncy ride to say the least ; )

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By the way, isn’t that barn amazing?  They shot a movie there recently called The Sunday Horse, which comes out in the spring.  Can’t wait to see it!

Life is full of adventure.  Sure has been the case for me over the last two months – some things expected, some not in the least.  I try to keep my faith engaged and my heart open.  This quote has been on my mind a lot lately.  I love it.

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Cheers to some downtime over the weekend.

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the winner + july 4th list

A little delayed here in our winner announcement – but here goes!  Congrats to Allyson, commenter #56!  Her favorite pet is her white boxer named Pearl.  How suiting for the blog ; )  I had no idea there was such a thing as white boxers??

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“Pearl, our silly white boxer is hands down the best dog we’ve ever had. Her devotion to us melts my heart and her joy at being with our son sometimes makes me tear up. She waits for him to get up every morning and her wiggling rump and squeaks of happiness make us all laugh. She is a big baby and loves to jump in our freshly made bed and sleep in our pillows. We love her and I can’t imagine life without a funny boxer dog. What a fun giveaway, I’d be thrilled to have any of the pretty necklaces. Happy Summer!”  Allyson

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All the comments about favorite pets melted my heart.  The loyalty, joy, and fun we receive from our fur family members is amazing.  In fact, reading the many sweet stories about how these magnificent creatures impact your day to day life made me tear up.  Especially after the week I had.  More on that later.

I’m taking off for the rest of the week to celebrate the 4th with our family.  In the meantime, here is a mini list to inspire your holiday.

1.  Great reminder to keep it simple and chic when it comes to an outdoor dinner.  Recipes and all the styling here.

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2.  I’ll take one of these maxis in navy and white, please.

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3.  These easy peasy red, white, and blue fruit skewers are perfect (and easy) for July 4th holiday fun.

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4.  How fun is this dotty skirt for any summertime event?!  LOVE.

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5.  This strawberry coconut cream soda looks AMAZING for a poolside refresher.

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Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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deja vu giveaway!

My daughter, Blair, and I would like to share with you some new Deja Vu necklaces we love.  We thought necklaces would be versatile for summertime.  As a bonus, we’re giving away ALL three featured necklaces pictured in this post!

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We snapped a few photos this morning to show you how they look in person.

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1.  This little turquoise tassel number I’m wearing has become my summer go-to accessory.  It’s the perfect touch of color.  It also comes in pink, which is darling.

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2.  Blair snatched this coral and navy necklace the second she saw it.  That’s one of the nice part of Deja Vu jewelry – it is multigenerational, haha.  She paired it with her new summer dress.

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3.  Another favorite bauble is this pearl tassel necklace, which instantly transforms an outfit from drab to chic.  You could put it with the plainest tee and skirt and suddenly the outfit pops.  Looks great against black (very Chanel), stripes, cream, or with a splash of color.

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It’s such an easy piece to wear with anything.  I wore it this week with a black and white tunic that I’ve had forever.   

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We had to include Chapeau, who has practically taken over my instagram feed with her shenanigans.  She is also one of the official Deja Vu “models” –  you can see her on their home page and in their bird nest box video.  I’m not kidding, this chicken loves posing for the camera.  By-the-way, note the ALIVE plants on my porch…we’re going on 4 weeks!! 

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THE GIVEAWAY…

Today we’re giving away ALL THREE of these beautiful necklaces to one lucky lady:  The turquoise or  pink tassel necklace, the coral and navy necklace 2, and pearl tassel necklace.  These are great summer pieces!  You can check out all the other sassy Deja Vu jewelry over here.  So many baubles to choose from, all great prices.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN…

Leave a comment answering this question:  Which animal has been your favorite pet and why?  I would have to say my horse, Savez, who has been such a gift in my life.  Although our chickens are a close second – their craziness always keeps us entertained!  One comment/entry per person.  Email entries to me do not qualify.  Winner announced on Tuesday, July 1st.

Thanks to sponsor, Deja Vu for hosting such a fun giveaway!

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    SeletaI‘m Seleta, a city girl living the beach life with my husband, fabulous four offspring, happy horses and frisky fur babies. A former TV personality turned Designer, I love to share the sparkly side of life. Read more here.
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