Fringe Off The Shoulder Top

Hey y’all!

I love this off the shoulder top. I was worried it was going to be too sheer but it’s just easy breezy and the perfect addition to my already growing collection of OTS goodness. I would say it runs a wee bit small so if you’re in between sizes, size UP one.

Link is here!


Thanks for stopping by, friend!
Laura


Making the Most of Small Spaces

We call our house “the little white house” for a reason. It’s liddo.

Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE our home and we are so grateful for it. But it has become a challenge for us to learn to make the most of every single space. It felt perfect for the two of us but add two girls and watch the years roll by and the stuff adds up, making the home feel that much smaller.
So just in case you’re living in a space that is squishing the sanity out of you, here are a few things we’ve done to help make the most out of our small(ish) home.
Get rid of the clutter 
I hate clutter. HATE. IT. This is not a tough one for me. But for some people (looking at you, Matt) it’s a little more challenging to let go of “things”. If you have an already small space, the only thing that will make it feel smaller is to have unnecessary junk. My general rule is that you shouldn’t keep anything in your home that you don’t believe to be either absolutely beautiful or absolutely useful. Using this rule, chances are you can rid yourself of lots and lots of stuff!
Have a designated work space 
This one’s for my girl bosses out there. Maybe you don’t have a fabulous and fresh room decorated to your taste and just begging you to come in and get creative. But you can create one small space that’s designed only for you to do your thang. Figure out the items you need to do your job and then keep those things together in one spot. I love working at my kitchen table while I wait for my desk to be completed. I try to always keep fresh flowers on the table. I also keep a yummy smelling candle (pumpkin spice, yall. It’s always fall in our house). As long as I’ve got my laptop, planner, and a table top, I’m golden. Make the most with what you’ve got!
Current work space 🙂
Make use of unexpected spaces
We didn’t even realize how much untapped potential our home had until we started having to get more creative with utilizing every area. There’s a huge wall with some dead space in front in our den. That’s where we decided to put my desk. Yes, it’s kind of an unusual spot for a quasi office but it actually really works! Instead of just sticking a desk there, we built shelves and storage on either side. Necessity is the mother of invention and out of our struggle came some pretty cool creativity. So look around and start thinking about areas where you’ve got floor space or wall space that could be used.
Be grateful for the space you have

Not too long ago I had gotten into a pretty bad habit of grumbling about how small our little house was. Its only three bedrooms. It’s just under 1800 square feet. I mean what a hole we live in! My perspective changed a whole lot after I watched a documentary about families living in India where they had 10-15 people living in a space the size of Reese’s room. Or smaller. No beds. No tables, Nothing. Just a roof. I know that’s drastic but the new perspective was just the push I needed to move from grumbling to grateful.
Someone once told me that what you have right now as someone elses dream come true. That got me thinking, what if I looked at what I already have as my dream come true? Yes, I can still dream about a closet big enough to host bachelor viewing parties but til I get there, I want to have a grateful attitude about this current situation we’ve got going on.
So that’s what I’ve got so far. What about you? Do you have any tips you wanna share about living in smaller spaces? I’m all ears!
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura

My Favorite Top for Summer

Hi, friends! Just wanted to pop in real quick to share this cutie bell sleeve peplum top. It’s super versatile and can be worn in summer OR fall. Thinking it would also make a cute swim cover. Yes, please.

As if it couldnt get any better, they’re practically giving it away! It’s $13.99 PLUS you get 40% off your first order. It comes in one size and for reference I’m normally a size small and I love the fit. It’s not too baggy and the v neck flatters the neckline. It also has a cute little cut out on the back.

It looks like they offer next day shipping so it should arrive within 7-10 days!

Laura

How To Wear a Lengthy Short

Hi!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to actually sit down at my computer and type things. My built in desk/blogging command center is being installed this week (can I get an amen?) which means I’ll be done with the kitchen table situation I’ve been working with for the past few years. 

Yes, I said years.

Why it’s taken me so long to get my act together is a mystery. Anywho, I can’t wait to share how we transformed a wall in the awkward area in our den to my work space.

On top of the craziness with the installation, we have also had a few extra little sweet peas hanging around this week. My sister and her husband are on a trip in Cancuun so weeeeeeee got to keep my 4 year old and 13 year old nieces. We are having so much fun. I don’t want to give them back today!

When the little ones are awake, we’ve been all dress up parties and Peppa Pig. When they go to sleep, me and my older niece, Bree, are eating lots of ice cream, watching lots of  Netflix, and doing lots and LOTS of talking. Sweet Matt. He handles estrogen overload like a CHAMP.

Ok! Let’s talk about the lengthy short (ironic?) trend. I say “trend” but it’s really been around for a while. What I love most about these shorts is that they add an unexpected twist to your look. Here I paired them with a t shirt, blazer, and heels for church…. but I also wore them with flats and a v neck to dinner the other night. Tonight I took Bree to coffee and threw these on with my converse and bathing suit cover left over from the pool this afternoon.

Any item that can be dressed up or down is what we call a “transitional piece” and they breathe life into your closet.

The key to rocking this look is to remember to size up. A tight fit is a no go for the knee length short. You want them to be a little on the loose side because if not you ended up looking like I did when I was in 8th grade and my Pastor dad was a heavy enforcer of the “finger tip plus a few inches for good measure” rule. God bless you, daddy. You wanted to keep the boys away and you DID. The loose fit will give that effortless relaxed and comfortable feel.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Today is a good day for a good day! So have one!

Love,

Laura

The Friday Funny

Hey y’all! I decided to start this new section on my blog because I love sharing funny stories but due to my attention to detail and long winded nature, it just wasn’t gonna fit in an Instagram caption.

Im just pretending we are sitting at Starbucks sipping a strawberry refresher with coconut milk like the basics we are and I  must tell you what happened to me last night.

So im at the Selena Gomez concert. My sister in law scored uhhhhh-mazing “seats” right in front of the stage. Only problem is that they weren’t seats. So we stood the Entire. Time.

No, I didn’t wear the right shoes. #ouch

In between the opening act and Selena’s part, we were all just kind of standing around while they flipped the stage. I was mostly focusing on the pain in my feet and wondering if I could have brought a lawn chair in, when my sister in law was asked by a group of three sweet girls to take their picture. We kind of struck up a convo and found out the girls all worked for a boutique. One of the girls was the owner. So cool. So I told them I’m a style blogger (ish) and said if they ever wanted to collab, we totally should. They loved the idea and then one of the girls says “wait! Do you have two cute little girls?! I just followed you on Instagram! I love you.”

Ok. Side note: Any time I get a follower on Instagram I sincerely want to be like THANK YOU I LOVE YOU. HUG ME?  So to meet someone in person that already knew me from the Internet made me feel like a million bucks.

If that weren’t enough, while we chatted with the girls, this sweet boy that I  had been accidentally bumping into all  night (#pitseats) said “oh my gosh. My sister follows you on insta and looooves you. Can I take a selfie with you to send to her?” He then proceeds to show me the text from his sis where he had her screen shot of my latest Instagram pic. So after taking a selfie with Him, I’m like……

This is how the other half lives! Selena, I get it girl. I get it.

Gosh. FAME. It just happens so fast.

The selfie taking drew some attention and the mob of 15 year old girls in front of us  started staring at me trying to find out if I was famous I suppose. One girl totally nonchalant had her phone out and says in a lazy and uninterested tone  “Hey. Are you famous on Instagram?” I was like “oh hahaha. No.” But still soaring from my recent recognition and comvinced that she TOO probably wanted to take a selfie with me,  I followed it up with “but you can still follow me if you want!” I didn’t even get to finish giving my Instagram handle before little miss uninterested had already looked away and put her phone down. Ohhhhhhh k.

Welcome back to earth, Laura. Welcome back.

So I had my 15 minutes of fame, which was actually more like 5. But whatevs. It was still a fun night from the high to the crash and burn. And Selena? She slayyyyyyyyyyyyed. So good.

Happy Friday, friends!!

Laura