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Peace Out 2018, Hello 2019

Can you believe another year has come to an end?  It’s time to reflect on the last 12 months, make plans and set goals for the upcoming year.  We agree that 2018 has been the longest and yet the fastest year of our lives, if that even makes sense. We have been through the trenches this year with the unexpected death of our dad in February. For us, it’s been a year of tremendous sadness, growth, and thankfulness. Sadness and growth because we are learning our “new normal” without this man who was one of the centerpieces to our family.  Thankfulness because we were reminded of the true meaning of love as our family and friends have given abundantly in our time of sadness through prayer, hugs, cards, and calls/ texts. We are so grateful!

To say we are ready to say “peace out” 2018 is an understatement, but we are ready to kick 2019 off the right way! If you haven’t thought about your resolutions yet, there’s still time and we are here to help get you started. Here are a few things to consider when setting your New Years resolutions.

  • Start small. If you set achievable goals, you will be more likely to stick with it.
  • Be specific on what you’re trying to achieve so that you don’t lose focus. We are both guilty of getting sidetracked and losing sight of the what we are trying to achieve.
  • Set a start date. It helps to have that hard date in mind as it always mentally prepares us to commit. It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or February 1st, just pick a date that works for you and GO FOR IT! You’re less likely to push it off to next week.
  • Write your resolutions down. If you have your resolution or goal in front of you, you are more likely to follow through.
  • Have fun! If you keep it lighthearted and have fun along the way, you are more likely to stick with it!

Now that you have a few tips to help you get those 2019 resolutions set, let’s bring in the new year and be as productive as we can.  Thank you for coming around this year as we have embarked on this blogging journey. It’s been a wonderful experience and we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!

 

Alta High Fashion – A Boutique That Meets Your Every Need

Isn’t it amazing when you find a store that has quality pieces for every occasion?  We discovered just that when we visited Alta for this first time last week.  Alta is a high-end fashion retailer located in Rock Hill, SC that can outfit you from head to toe, and have you walking away with the cutest gifts!  The owner was nice enough to let us do a quick try-on session while we were there.  Unfortunately mom life stepped in, and we had to cut it short to pick up the kids.  Trust us when we say the selection is insane, so we were only able to scratch the surface of what this boutique has to offer!

Cute outwear is a must have this season and Alta does not disappoint when it comes to options. We were so excited to find this Teddy Bear Coat in several colors. This camel beauty is so soft and is a perfect length to keep you warm when wearing anything from jeans to dresses. If the weather calls for something lighter, this sherpa lined faux suede vest is the perfect stylish addition to keep the chill away.

Alta has their own line of clothes that is something that you want to look for when walking through the doors. If you are searching for something fun to wear to the office, brunch or party, look for the Erma’s Closet line. We had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of some of the newly released designs from this line. The cut and bright colors of these fun dresses is flattering for all shapes and you can’t help but turn heads when you walk through the door.

Did you say holiday party? We tried these holiday pieces we didn’t want to take off. As you know, plaid is one of the favorite patterns for this holiday season. Look lovely when you pair this blue plaid poncho (also available in red) with jeans or even a skirt. The best part – velvet trim!  We love all things soft this season and we are excited for this velvet top!  Velvet is such a classic material and when it’s a smokey silver, you just want to ring in the New Year with that special someone.

When talking outfits, we can’t leave out cute accessories! You will find a wonderful selection of accessories ranging from rings, earrings, necklaces to handbags. You may walk the boutique looking for something for yourself, but don’t be surprised if you leave with something for your gal pal too. You can purchase these looks by visiting Alta’s online boutique.

Thank you for stopping by and we hope you have a great week!

 

 

 

Graphic Tee Gift Ideas

The holiday season is here, and ’tis the season to find your loved ones gifts that show them how much you care.  What better gift than a graphic tee that describes them to a T – see what we did there?!?  Graphic tees are cute, comfy, and can show a little insight into a person’s personality.  We have categorized some graphic tee selections to make it easier to find the perfect shirt for that special someone in your life – or for yourself!

FOR THE COFFEE LOVER

Because coffee gets us through the day, we decided to share two shirts dedicated to our caffeine addiction!

First I Drink the Coffee, Then I do the Things, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $23.00


Caffeine Sips and Target Trips, Etsy – Work It Wear, $20.00

 

FOR THE FOOD LOVER

Feed Me Tacos and Tell Me I am Beautiful,  Etsy – The White Invite Gifts, $18.99


You Had Me at Pizza, Etsy – Cube Shirts, $24.00

FOR THE GIRL BOSS

Girl Boss, Etsy – Daydream Design US, $23.95

 

FOR THAT PERSON YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $12.00

FOR THAT MOM THAT IS ALWAYS HUSTLIN’

For every busy mom out there, this shirt is for you!

Mom Hustle, Etsy – Life With Sunshine, $19.00

FOR THE WINE LOVER

Wine Because it’s Not Good to Keep Things Bottled Up, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $23.00

This Wine is Making Me Awesome, Pink Lily Boutique, $26.00

FOR THE PERSON THAT LOVES THEIR PET

If I Can’t Bring My Dog, I’m Not Going, Etsy – Rabbit Print, $19.99

 


I Can’t, I Have Plans With My Cat, Etsy – Lunar Habits Apparel, $24.99 (ON SALE for $19.99)

FOR THE TV SHOW LOVER

The Grey’s Anatomy fan in your life, will probably love this shirt because #McDreamyForever!

It’s a Beautiful Day to Save Lives, Etsy – After Color, $23.00 (ON SALE for $20.70)

 

This Game of Thrones sweatshirt is super cute and absolutely perfect for this time of year!  Fingers crossed this ends up under the tree!

Winter is Coming, Etsy – Sugar Bae Wear, $27.00 (ON SALE for $24.30)

 

There were SO many amazing Gilmore Girls options, but this is where it all began…

Luke’s Diner Hoodie, Etsy – Good For Nothing Studio, $29.00 (ON SALE for $24.73)

 

The antics of Jim and Dwight were endless, and The Office lover will totally laugh over this tshirt!  Trust us!

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica, Etsy – Camisa Co, $22.99

 

And the shirt that inspired this blog post, is the one that always makes us giggle!  If you know someone that loves Parks and Recreation, they will no doubt love this shirt that honors the late Li’l Sebastion.  They will probably even break into Mouse Rat’s “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” song, or solemnly say “10,000 candles in the wind” when they see this tee.

I Met Li’l Sebastian at the Pawnee Harvest Festival, Wal Mart, $24.90

We hope you found the perfect gift idea for someone on your list!  Good luck with your holiday shopping and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

maurices – Our Fall Finds!

 BUTTON FRONT WAFFLE TOP,  PLAID BLANKET SCARF,  DENIMFLIX DESTRUCTED DARK WASH CUFFED JEGGINGS, LARGE TASSEL TOTE

Fall is in not in the air here in the Carolinas, but we are loving all the fall clothes that we are seeing on the store racks. We were so fortunate to be able to spend a fun afternoon with maurices and shoot a few pieces from their fall collection. maurices selections range from casual to night on the town and available in sizes 1-24. They also take the stress out of styling a complete look as you’re able to shop their line of purses, shoes and accessories! There were so many looks we wanted to put together for you, but we only had so many hours before someone came looking.  Sad – heck no! It just gives us a reason to visit again!

LEFT PICTURE: LATTICE CHIFFON HANGDOWN TANK, SOLO ZIPPER NECK LONG SLEEVE JACKET, DENIMFLEX DARK WASH DESTRUCTED JEGGINGS, FAUX LEATHER O-RING CROSSBODY BAG  RIGHT PICTURE: LOVE FALL MOST GRAPHIC TEE, LACE UP SIDE CARDIGAN, DENIMFLEX HIGH RISE DESTRUCTED JEGGINGS, LARGE TASSEL TOTE

Let’s first chat about their selection of  jeans. Between the two of us, we tried on 6 different styles in the DenimFlex and EverFlex and they were so comfortable. Available in medium to high rise and various shades, your only problem will be deciding which to keep. These jeans will give you that stylish look while providing enough flexibility to chase the kids and run errands around town – all while they maintain their shape.

ROAD TRIPS AND CAFFEINE GRAPHIC TEE, PLAID CHEST POCKET BUTTON DOWN SHIRT, DENIMFLEX HIGH RISE DESTRUCTED DARK WASH JEGGINGS, AFTERBURN ROSE GOLD AVIATOR SUNGLASSES

The selection is amazing and you won’t have a problem finding that perfect top when you visit the store or shop online. The graphic tees are some of the cutest we’ve seen, and they have a large variety to choose from!  From the seasonal themed fall tees, to the every day graphic tees (our personal favorite said “Because I Said So”), you will find a top to match your mood!  Don’t forget to warm up your look by pairing a fall colored cardigan or scarf with that soft tee or fashionable cami. The quality of their tops is equal to or better than some of the common department stores. You won’t be disappointed with whatever you choose.

LEFT PICTURE: FLORAL WRAP MAXI DRESS, BUCKLE CLIP FRONT SATCHEL RIGHT PICTURE: CHIFFON FLORAL PRINT DRESS, ELBOW STITCHED FAUX LEATHER JACKET, TASSEL CROSS BODY BAG

A good dress is not always that easy to find. We must say that maurices did not disappoint. The fall floral patterns were abundant with short to long options available. If you’re feeling extra flirty, go for a high low cut. We chose two of our favorite dresses to share.

This maxi wrap dress is amazing! The deep wine tones of this dress would go beautifully with a gold, camel or black cardigan or jacket. Pair this with a pair of heels or your favorite boots on a cold day.

Another favorite from the maurices dress collection is this short keyhole neck dress. The deep green with gold and wine floral pattern has us planning a night out on the town. Paired with this maurices brown faux leather jacket, we transition right into fall and are ready for those cooler days.

With 900 locations throughout the United States, you may have a maurices in your area!  We visited the location at Tanger Outlets in Charlotte, NC and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The customer service was amazing and the dressing rooms have a feminine boutique feel. To sum up our visit, maurices offers quality clothes in a wide variety of sizes and styles that will meet the need of any occasion. Get your cards out friends, your carts will be full after shopping!

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Hair How To: Beach Waves & Perfect Pony

We are so excited to introduce our new series, Barstool Banter! We will talk to the experts on different topics and will be posting our interviews on IGTV. Take a look and we hope you learn something new!

Great Hair, We’re There

In a dream world, fantastic looking hair just happens as you jump out of bed. In everyday life, we all know there are tricks to getting great looking hair. But HOW do we get this amazing hair? We spent a couple of hours with one of our favorite stylists getting tips for the beautiful beach waves that everyone wants and a quick tutorial for a perfect stylish pony. Check out our IGTV video for our complete interview, and for quick reference we’ve noted the “highlights” below.

Let’s first introduce the expert, Michael Weston. Michael is a stylist with 8 The Salon located in The Village at SouthPark in Charlotte, NC. He has been working professionally for almost 8 years and is amazing at both cut and color.  He is originally from Maine, but now calls Charlotte home. Lucky us!!  We’ve been seeing him for going on over 3 years now and can’t say enough good things about him.

 

The Beautiful Beach Waves

Michael started with tips and tricks for perfect beach waves. We ALL want them, so here’s how:

  • He advises a 1 inch curing wand (a flat iron may be better for above the shoulder hair).
  • Separate your hair into sections and subsections.
  • Before curling, apply a light hold hair spray to maintain the curl.
  • Start with the bottom layer of hair (top should be sectioned up) at the back of your head, and work towards your face.  After you complete the bottom layer of hair, take another small section from the top layer and repeat.
  • Once you have completely curled hair, grab smaller pieces around your head and curl these smaller pieces to give a more natural look.
  • After curling, apply a dry texturizing spray – this will give the hair more body.

 

The Flirty, Fun (and easy) Pony Updo

We all want a quick style that looks like we spent hours on it! Watch the tutorial on IGTV as the steps below may now tell the story on just how easy this is!

  • Section your hair where you part at the top of the head and behind the ear.
  • Put the remaining hair that is left in the back section into ponytail.
  • For the remaining hair on the front of the head that is down, use a texture spray to give it height and body.
  • Take a Mohawk section (the top middle section of hair) and back comb this hair. PS, do more back combing than you normally would. More is better!
  • Back comb the side sections. This adds volume to the side of your head to give a more proportioned look.
  • Apply spray to each section.
  • Then smoothly comb all loose hair back to form one ponytail.
  • Grab a clear ponytail holder and pull the new hair plus the established ponytail through to form one large ponytail. This should hide the original rubber band to give a softer, more polished look.
  • To finish the look, pull down a few small pieces of hair around the face.

What’s Up for Hair This Fall?

Color?

  • Warmer tones (beiges and neutrals) are always more popular going into the cooler months.
  • Balayage and hand painted highlights. WHY? Because it gives dimension and a cool youthful look. And the best part, it’s LOW maintenance. This means when your roots grow out, it gives the hair a more natural look. This means less trips to the salon!

Cuts?

  • When it comes to cuts… it’s really what works for the individual. Check with your stylist and they can advise on what’s best for your face shape, hair texture and lifestyle.
  • Layers are great for long hair, as it helps with weight and curls.
  • Humidity is down in the winter, making winter months a great time for layers.

And please don’t hesitate to call 8 The Salon and request Michael for ANY of your hair needs. He will be able help with the perfect cut or color!

If there is something that you would like to see from us, please feel free to leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and spending time with us!

 

 

Kendra Scott – The Jewelry Completes the Outfit

In each family certain things are passed down. In our family, girls are given a love for jewelry!  Our grandma and mom took the saying, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” literally. We would have so much fun going through their jewelry boxes and trying on their pieces. We still do, if we’re being honest! And for Christmas or a wedding anniversary, a new piece was likely added to their collection. The three of us were even given a ring with three diamonds on our thirteenth birthday to signify the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. With graduation came pearls instead of a class ring if we chose, and diamond earrings on our 21st.   All timeless pieces we still wear today! And the best part, they all have a special meaning.

With all that said, we understand how important jewelry is and how it can complete an outfit.  So let’s talk Kendra Scott. Kendra Scott is a designer that has fashionably timeless pieces in a variety of metals and stones. There is really something for everyone.  I must admit, I had only walked into a Kendra Scott store a few times before this year; however, I have admired her pieces online and had a few on my wishlist. I really started hinting for a piece when Kendra Scott partnered with a charity that I have been involved with for the last few years on a few upcoming fall events. AWESOME, right?!  As I started to look more into Kendra Scott, I learned the company lives by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy! How can you not want to own a piece to support such a fantastic company!

Well guess what?! I just recently purchased my first Kendra Scott piece!!  It was such a hard decision, but I chose the Adelia Y Necklace in gold. It is a gorgeous necklace that is not only beautiful, but ON TREND! I’ve paired it with several styles and it looks great with each one.

What else did I learn? Girls, pay attention to this one!  During your birth month, customers receive 50% off on one piece (in stores only)! Did you know this? All that is required is an ID proving your birthday and subscribing to their mailing list. I missed it this year, but will be prepared next March! Lucky Maribeth! She has a birthday coming up in September.

If you have a Kendra Scott store in your area, consider yourself lucky. If not, you can see everything online and you won’t be disappointed with the selection. Maribeth and I have highlighted a few of our favorite pieces below: 1 – Diane Gold Statement Earrings

2 – Tess Gold Pendant Necklace

3 – Edie Gold Cuff Bracelet in Iridescent Drusy

4 – Aryn Pendant Necklace

5 – Aragon Gold Drop Earrings in Slate Cats Eye

6 – Fern Pendant Necklace in Gold

7 – Phillipa Gold Chain Bracelet in Iridescent Drusy

8 – Kingston Gold Long Pendant Necklace

9 –Emmet Gold Statement Earrings

One last thing (and so important to me). If you are interested in an amazing 501(c)3 charity/ ministry that provides orphan, medical and dental care to youth, please check out Give Hope Global. Give Hope Global not only reaches and supports youth in Haiti and Ghana, but also partners with Urban Promise right here in Charlotte, NC. More to come on this later.

Thank you so much for stopping by. We appreciate you!