Best Day Ever.

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a-62a-178a-44a-66 a-85 a-152a Sullivan_0076A-231a-248Dress: Mori Lee | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Clutch: T.J. Maxx (similar here and here) | Perfume: Gucci by Gucci | Floral Crown: Love Sparkle Pretty (via Etsy) | Sash: Bride La Boheme (via Etsy) | Earrings: T.J. Maxx (similar here and here)

We got our wedding photos back a few days ago and I am so pleased with how they turned out! Britney, my photographer, took over 1300 photos but these are just a couple of my favorites.  I think the ones I love most are the candid ones that capture a special moment between either me and Neil, or our guests.  It was so nice looking through all the photos and it gave me the greatest feeling of love and happiness.  I had such an amazing day and I have my family to thank for it.  Both my parents, Neil’s parents, and my God parents contributed in order to make our big day as special as possible and it was honestly better than anything I had hoped for. Now my next step is to narrow down the photos even more and pick a select few to hang around the house!

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Neil’s Birthday Weekend

picnic-1picnicpicnic-2picnic-3picnic-4picnic-8Top: Express (thrifted, similar here and here) | Shorts: Target | Sandals: DSW | Bag: Ralph Lauren (via T.J. Maxx) | Hat: T.J. Maxx (Similar) | Picnic Basket: T.J. Maxx (similar here and here)

This weekend was Neil’s birthday so I drove to Pensacola and stayed for a few days.  It was a pretty fun weekend because we got to see a bunch of our friends and we even crossed something off of our summer to-do list!  We’ve been trying to go on a picnic for a while now and we finally made it happen on Saturday. We packed up our home-made deli sandwiches and other goodies into this adorable picnic basket from T.J.Maxx (only $29!) and found a shady spot under a tree overlooking the water. It was such a relaxing day and we both agreed that we’ll be going on more picnics in the future.

We also threw a small get-together at the house on Saturday night so I baked a cute little cake and cupcakes to go with the BBQ.  The healthy pineapple cupcakes that my friend Caity turned me on to were amazing and I highly recommend them (you can find the recipe here)!!  Here are some other snapshots from the weekend.

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Dressing to Beat the Heat

beat the heatHere in Florida we have two seasons: Summer and chilly-at-night-summer.  I’ve lived here most of my life and yet I still can’t stand the 100° days…however, I’ve learned how to dress in order to make the most of it.  Below are my favorite tips for “beating the heat” as well as a short segment I did with First Coast News yesterday.

  1. When it comes to choosing summer fabrics, stick to cotton, linen, or anything natural…avoid synthetics, such as polyester, which is actually a type of plastic and traps heat.
  2. Also avoid dark colors (like black or navy blue) which attract the sun and stick to white, pastels, and other lighter colors.  If you can’t avoid wearing a dark color, choose it in a breathable fabric.FCN (cotton shorts)(1)
  3. Wear clothes that are looser fitting (i.e. a flowey skirt) and don’t hug your body so tightly (such as a pair of skinny jeans) so that it allows your skin to “breath”.  You can wear pants! Again, just make sure they are a breathable fabric (like linen) and aren’t so tight that they stick to your legs.
  4. Hats are a great way to shield your skin from the sun and also protect your hair. They can be a bit of a toss up though because your head is a main source for heat retention so if you do wear one, pick one made of straw because they don’t trap as much heat.
  5. Avoid chunky shoes made of heavy materials (such as patent leather) and wear a strappy sandal instead.  Canvas material is also great because it absorbs sweat which means you won’t be sliding around in your shoes!FCN(sandals)(1)
  6. Keep a bottle of cooling face spray in your purse (such as this one) to mist on your face, neck, and chest for a refreshing burst that cools you down and won’t mess up your makeup.  I carry it in my beach bag to keep my skin hydrated under the hot sun!
  7.  Skip the chunky metallic necklaces that get hot in the sun…a pair of statement earrings would be a better option.

 

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