What I'm Loving In Country Music

Y'all I have to confess, I am a huge country music fan! Oh, you already knew that? Okay fine, yes I manage to find a way to talk about my love of country music a lot but I can't help myself! I grew up in the country and have a deep love for Tennessee (I've visited a lot in the last 15 or so years!) and while my kids may make fun that almost every song is about riding in trucks and beer and whisky I have to educate them that, yeah, most of the time that's exactly what it was like for me growing up! Bonfires, late night swimming in the lake, beer in red solo cups. It was just like a Luke Bryan song!

Attainable Inspiration

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A picture of peonies because who doesn't love a picture of peonies!

Let me start by asking you a question. Do you read blogs? I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this post, you read others as well. Do you read magazines? How about cook books, decorating books, etc? Do you watch lifestyle programming like "flip this something" or "meals in x minutes"? So right now I am imagining you shaking your head in the affirmative, so let me ask you another question.

May Reading List

Books to read

May is an especially exciting month for me because for the first time in five years, I am taking the summer off from my university studies! At first I was worried about how far this would set me back (to recap I take one course every semester with 3 semesters a year which gives me only 3 weeks rest between my final exam and the start of the next course) but what's one extra course when you still have five years until graduation? It's a long road, but I have the time.

Pops of Red

spring outfit

A pop of red was exactly what I needed on an otherwise grey day. 

5 Shows To Watch Right Now

I'll admit I am a big consumer of movies and television shows. I grew up in the best generation of tv - we had One Saturday Morning to look forward to every weekend, TGIF sitcom nights, and on Wednesdays all my friends piled into my mom's living room to watch Dawson's Creek. Things haven't changed much (I do still love cartoons!) and the family and I just finished watching a few new titles. The majority are on Netflix so they should be easy the find the next time you are looking for something new to watch.

When In Doubt, Wear Pink!

pink trench

I had one of those mornings yesterday, you know the kind. You still can't believe Monday is here already and you just can't seem to get it together. Pre-caffeine I stood in my hallway trying to decide if I would need a jacket to go outside or not. Well when in doubt, wear pink! I instantly grabbed my pink trench and I was out the door. Turned out to be the right decision because while it was warm later in the day, the morning was cool and damp. 

Tory Burch Spring

Celebrating This Life

Last fall I wore this Tory Burch dress (see the post here) and declared it one of the dresses in my closet that I can get four seasons worth of wear out of. This winter was so bitterly cold, not only did I not wear any dresses or skirts, I barely posted any outfits! Now that we have warmer weather, I am back to my regular outfit posts here on the blog posting Mondays and Fridays and today, I am making good on my promise to show how I wear this Tory Burch dress in different seasons!

spring ootd

Celebrating This Life

Tory Burch dress and purse

Navy dress, white blouse

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Dress: Tory Burch, pre-fall 2015 | Shirt | Purse | Sunglasses | Shoes, old Prada |

When I last photographed this dress it was one of those exceptionally warm September nights, the kind that make you believe that summer will never end. The fireflies show up as dusk, while all the neighbours sit on their porches watching the sun fade into the horizon (can you tell that fall is my favourite time of year!). The air was so warm, I only wore this Tory Burch dress. No need for a cover up. 

When I shot these photos last week, the weather was quite different. While the sun was out and the temperature was rising, there was still a chill in the air reminding you that it's spring. So while it was warm enough for bare legs, it wasn't enough to go bare arms. I pulled out a classic in every women's wardrobe - the white button down. I bought this one from Banana Republic a few weeks ago and it has quickly become my go-to. I love the material and the fit is perfection.  

Have you ever heard of the French women's styling rule as it relates to shoes? I read this tip on blogger Cupcakes and Cashmere's site a few years ago, it goes like this...if your skirt or dress is above the knee, wear flats. If the skirt or dress is below the knee, wear heels. (here is a great article on it). Now yes, there are exceptions or times when I do think a mini skirt and heels looks much better, or long maxi skirts that should only be wore with flat sandals, but I still think it's a pretty good rule, one that I use quite often. 

Now I have shown you how to wear this graphic printed navy dress in the spring, and how to style in the early days of fall. I will keep my promise to share how to wear this dress in a few more seasons, we still have summer, late fall and winter to cover. This is so important to me because...clothing is not cheap! Anytime I buy an investment piece (which is anything over $100 at this point) I try to image all the different wears I can get out of it. Once you divide the price tag with days you plan on wearing it, it is much easier to justify. This dress represented a significant investment to me (actually so did the Robinson crossbody purse, which is why you have probably seen it so many times already on Celebrating This Life!) and I want to get as much use out of it as possible. And if I can help even one of you, dear readers, figure out a way to justify and use that one clothing item you are coveting, well then that would make me all the happier.  

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Revitalizing Supreme Review

Estee Lauder Anti-Aging

Caring for your skin is a lot like saving for retirement - it's best to start early but that's not to say that starting at any point is too late. Especially when there are skin care products like Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair and Revitalizing Supreme on the market.