Thursday, April 23, 2015

Girls' Weekend | Packing Edition

You hear bloggers say all the time that one of the best benefits of blogging are the close friendships and connections that are made along the way.  And it's true! Two of my closest girlfriends are bloggers I met over the internet several years ago (I think it's going on 5 years now since I always remember I started my blog when James was just 4 months old and he's 5!) and I talk to them in some form or fashion nearly every day. Whether it's a quick text or phone chat, we've gotten so close, but unfortunately, we are scattered in different cities so we're long-distance friends.  Today, I'm super excited to be meeting up with both Courtney (A Thoughtful Place) and Cassie (Hi Sugarplum) in person in Dallas at a fashion blog conference.  And the icing on the cake is that, since the conference is in Cassie's town, I get to pop into her new home!  I've been dying to see it in person!  Have you been following along on all the fun decor stuff happening over there?!  

I've learned from experience attending several blog conferences over the years that it's mostly just a chance to get together with friends and have a girls' weekend.  I hope the boys are okay at home, I know bedtimes are nearly nonexistent when mom's not around and video games are surely on repeat. As long as teeth are brushed and everyone stays safe, I'm sure they can manage without me for a couple days. ;)  

Since I'm gone tomorrow, in lieu of my regular 'Weekend Steals & Deals' post, I'll share with you what I'm bringing to Dallas (which includes lots of sale items!).  I'm typically a terrible packer  and procrastinate till the last minute because I hate having to choose several days worth of outfits in advance without options.  Last year at the conference, I was in a hurry one morning and burned a hole right through my top while ironing it.  Luckily, I happened to have brought one extra outfit just in case.  I did my best to plan out all the outfits I'd need for the trip this year, so here goes!

travel to dallas 

I'm in Houston, so I decided to skip the air fare and drive myself to Dallas this time.  It should take me about 4 hours to get there so it's not too bad of a drive.  Our weather (and Dallas) has been rainy and stormy lately, so I hope it doesn't cause any issues on the roads.  For a day of driving and arriving at the conference, I'm going super casual with my ripped jeans (they go in and out of stock so you might have to check back), favorite u-neck tank ($18) I've told you about before (also in black and grey), and my super comfy everyday sandals (on sale). This striped bag is new and perfect for holding lots of stuff (but it's not huge), including my iPad and it's cool because you can hold it by the top handles or wear it like a cross body bag.  The cross body straps are removable too.   I always like to bring a scarf just to keep the chill off and it doesn't hurt when it's as pretty as this ombre tassel one!    (It's on sale too). 

Here's a closer picture of the beaded bracelets- they come in other colors too. 

And ladies!  This Kate Spade watch is on sale right now for $168, it's a great deal because it's normally $225.  The lowest I've ever seen it go on sale for before is $180.  I wear mine all the time, pretty much daily unless I'm working out.  Snatch it up at this great price!

poolside party 

There is an evening party poolside on Thursday night, so I thought I'd wear one of my maxi dresses- either the crochet back or striped.  Which one do you think?  Y'all heard me gushing over being so thrilled to find maxis that fit right off the rack, with no alternations necessary because they come in petite and regular sizing.  I can wear wedges or flats with either, but I almost always opt for wedges if I'm in a group unless my feet are really sore and need a break.  If I didn't wear heels, I'd be so so short.  I'm sure I'm self conscious, but I feel like if I'm in flats, people have to practically bend over to talk to me.  

I bought this beige patent leather clutch (also comes in black) because I don't have anything like it and the size is big enough to fit all the things you'd need for a night out.  Some clutches I have are so small or tight that I can only fit a lipstick andy money, but no keys or phone.  I know this one will work with so many things.  Also, it's cool because it can be worn several ways since it has a gold chain strap.  You can wear it without the strap, cross body, or tuck the strap under the fold and carry it at your elbow or shoulder. 

crochet maxi | wedges (similar) | stripe maxi | sandals | clutch | necklace | earrings (similar)

brand meetings

Friday morning we'll be up and at 'em for a few short meetings, so I wanted to wear something on the dressy side that reflected my blog and personal style.  This blush pink lace overlay pencil skirt and black crop top are a good pick, they are even in my blog colors!  

skirt | top | heels (similar, similar) | necklace 

garden party 

Saturday evening there's a garden party on the lawn and I thought this floral sheath dress would be lovely for that event.  It's really easy to wear and I have a feeling I'll be ready to get out of those heels and pencil skirt by the end of the day.  I've been wearing this style of wedges by Charles David for as long as I can remember.  They are well made and super cute!  They also come in black, tan, turquoise, and white, but the orange really pops.  The green statement necklace I picked up a long time ago in Nordstrom's junior department. 

dress (regular & petite) | wedges | necklace (similar, similar)


For sitting around the better part of Saturday day, I chose my very favorite new white jeans. You might have heard me mention I was on the hunt for a new pair of white jeans since mine were so worn and old.  I must've tired about 10 pair of white jeans and these won out because they have a thicker weight fabric so they make your legs and butt look really good and tight.  Most of the jeans I tried were too thin and made my legs look like sausages.  And of course these are even better because they're on sale now.  The leafy top is so cute and I adore the cut outs in the back.  Of course, I'm bringing my soft jean jacket just in case it gets cold in the AC. 

jeanstop | necklace (Stella & Dot- no longer available, similar) | bangles | wedges (similar)

party night 

I'm pretty sure by Saturday night, although it's a night out, I'll want to be comfortable, so I'm thinking these black crochet shorts I fell in love with can be dressed up with edgy cage heels and a blouse tank

shorts | top | heels (similar) | necklace | earrings (similar) | bracelet | watch 

I took another picture so you could see the detail on these shorts better.  I love them!  The wide band at the top makes them very comfortable. 

drive home

I plan to wake up early on Sunday so I get home with lots of day left for family time.  I know I'm gonna be so ready to get home by Sunday.  I picked up this awesome double layered tank top and I'll just wear it with the same jeans I drove up in.  How about this fun bright yellow cross body bag?!  It's from Target! 

ripped jeans | tank | wedges (similar) | bag | | bracelets | necklace 

One more thing I'm packing is a workout outfit so I can do cardio one morning (I'm thinking Saturday).  

and of course a bikini in case we get some free pool time!

Red Carter Moroccan Tile top | bottom | sunglasses (similar) | hat (similar here | here)

Hope you all have a great weekend!  You can follow along with me on this weekend's adventures on Instagram @honeywerehome ;)  

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Men's Swimwear

Ever since James and I got a taste of the pool last week, I've been craving more swimming days!  We've been getting tons and tons of rain, and last Monday, when we walked outside from his doctor appointment, we were surprised to see gorgeous blue sunshiney skies!  The appointment ended at 2p.m., too late to head back to school, so we took a quick detour home to grab swimsuits and sunscreen and headed to the pool.  Even just a little over an hour at the pool was so fun! Now, I'm keeping swimsuits in the car- you never know when the opportunity will strike! ;)

I've already shown you my women's swimwear picks (including my new bikini) and those for the kids, and today I teamed up with Nordstrom to share swimwear for the guys!  Does your guy like a colorful swim trunk or prefer something more traditional like solid black?  I like the stripes!  

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Faux Peony Wreath & Mother's Day Ideas

When I was in World Market the other day getting supplies for our Spring dining table, I noticed their new selection of faux flowers are really good.  Y'all know I'm not scared to incorporate faux flowers into our home decor, even though I do buy fresh almost weekly too.  I like to keep at least one small real bunch at our breakfast table and in the kitchen, but these mixed mini faux flower bouquets are adorable (3 for $14.97) and they even come in ranunculus.  

I picked up the lavender and purple bunches of peonies (peonies- my real ones never last long!) (2 for $15.98), but the bright pink ones almost came home with me too.  And since Mother's Day is fast approaching, I made my mom a wreath out of the flowers I bought.  She always keeps a wreath on her front door, but she's still got the Fall wreath up and I think she'd welcome this one that's more Springy. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Neutral Master Bedroom Refresh

How was your weekend friends?  Ours was a full one.  We celebrated my husband's birthday on Friday with a fancy family dinner out and then back to the house for a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  Then, on Saturday, we had our school's fundraising Gala and it was so much fun!  I jokingly call it Prom for Adults because everyone gets all gussied up- women in gowns and men in tuxes or suits - and it's exciting to see how everyone cleans up.  My dress was on sale and has sold out online.  And I have to say this self-tanning spray rocks!  My girlfriend Angela told me about it and it helped give this pale girl some color for the night.  A used it a couple days in a row to let the color build. 

At the Gala, we had a DJ (playing all the get-down songs from the 90s!) and it was awesome to see everyone on the dance floor- men included!  Well, not mine. He stayed at the black jack table with some other fellas the whole night. ;) Over the past two years our son has been at his school, we've made tight friendships with the families in his grade and beyond.  Both Jimmy and I are actively involved with the school (I'm a room mom and PTO officer and he coaches sports) so we spend lots of time with the kids and adults.  I'm so thankful for all the wonderful families we've come to know.  I didn't really realize that when James started school that it would be the beginning of new relationships for me and my husband as well. And on Sunday, we continued with our family dinner tradition.  

Back at home, I photographed our neutral master bedroom refresh and can't wait to show you the space today.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Happy Friday! We are busy, busy over here, knee deep in rainy, rainy days.  Our school Gala is this weekend (prom for adults) as I like to call it and I finally found a dress!  I picked it up yesterday and I'm so relieved the alterations came out perfectly.  I snapped a quick picture on my way out the door yesterday and couldn't wait to share these ivory crochet shorts with you!  They are super comfy and from Target- only $19.99.   And of course my favorite Vince Camuto everyday sandals.  When I'm running around most days and don't want to be in flip flops or higher wedges, they are my go to! 

Target Crochet Shorts $19.99 (also in black) (I'm wearing xs) | tank (similar & similar) | Vince Camuto everyday sandals ($118.95, $79.90) | Initial Necklace

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Best Bras for Spring/Summer

Isn't it true that a good bra (or lack thereof) can really make or break an outfit?!  Gone are the days when an outfit is off limits or can't be worn because the girls don't look good in it.  There are so many different types of bra options out there now and I thought it was the perfect time to do a 'lingerie' post since a few readers asked about what bra to wear with this type of dress.  Since the dress has a gorgeous crocheted back, you wouldn't want to have a bra showing through, but now there are not only strapless, but backless bras as well!  Where have I been?!?! I searched through all the strapless/backless bras online at Nordstrom to bring you the best rated ones that might be useful to you for your Spring/Summer dresses and outfits.   

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Dining

For the past several months, our family made a point to get together at my parents' house for dinner most weekends.  It was nothing fancy, and sometimes we just ordered a couple of pizzas, but the point was to spend quality time together.  We let the kids run around and play in the backyard and the adults just chatted and hung out for a few hours.  We are continuing to do our weekend dinners, but now we'll start alternating houses between ours, my brother's, and my mom's.  I wanted to make the next dinner at our house light and lively and found some perfect Spring table accessories at World Market to help set the mood.  

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