On Wednesday night I attended the launch of Able, FashionABLEs new apparel line. The party was held at their flagship store here in Nashville. The new apparel line officially launched yesterday, June 1st, so attendees of the launch party got a first-look at the amazing new clothing before anyone else. Spoiler alert: the clothing is amazing! Everything is made with super soft fabric and is comfortable, basic and stylish. I snagged this Odaliz Tank from the rack because I love a good striped top.

fashionable fashionableIf you don’t already know about the brand, FASHIONABLE is a socially conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to creating sustainable business opportunities for women to promote economic change. FASHIONABLE believes poverty will end when people can provide for themselves, and its mission, through their creation of a collection of jewelry, premium leather, apparel and hand-woven goods, is to create jobs for women. It’s always so awesome to see local businesses making a positive impact on the world.

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fashionablefashionableIf you’re in the Nashville area, I highly recommend visiting FashionABLE‘s flagship store to see the beautiful handbags, jewelry, scarves, and clothing in person. The store is located at 5022 Centennial Blvd. and it’s right next to some of the city’s newest and trendiest restaurants like Nicky’s Coal Fired and House: A Social Eatery. The Nations neighborhood is definitely a hotbed for cool new places opening in Nashville.

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It feels good to see the start of a brand new month. May was great and full of adventure, but I couldn’t seem to stay on top of everything I wanted to accomplish. It just went by way too quickly. It was nice to travel to Asheville, see family and friends, and watch Steve play a few shows, but it was a whirlwind of a month. I’m happy to be back home, getting work done, and getting back into a blogging routine. Today I’m showing you all my new favorite casual fringe dress from Lulus (and it’s on sale!)
fringe dressfringe dressfringe dressSpeaking of being home, I really need to buckle down this weekend and finish some more things around the house. I feel like we’re still trying to settle in after a couple months. I need to empty a few more bins and baskets so I can start organizing our storage closet and basement. Then I can finally move on to starting a garden! I can’t wait to start growing my own herbs and vegetables. I also see a couple fruit trees in my future. I’m slowly adapting to this country life, but I’m loving it.

fringe dressFringe Dress– Lulus // Lace-Up Heels– Lulus // Necklace- Lee & Birch // Cuff Bracelet- Forever 21

fringe dressfringe dress I have to share some product love real quick. I ordered this foaming self tanner mousse from Loving Tan a week ago, and I’m obsessed with it. It’s so great for on the go, because it’s an instant tan while also building tan over time and lasts for a few days. It definitely makes me feel more confident for a night out with exposed legs and arms. (This is 100% not sponsored, I just really love this self tanner and highly recommend it.)

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fringe dressfringe dressTonight I’m going to watch Steve play a showcase at The Basement and then I have a weekend of no plans. I plan to catch up on some rest, get some work done, clean the house, and hopefully play outside a bit if it’s nice out.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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I shared this recipe for lavender whipped body butter on my old blog a few years ago and was recently thinking about it with my outbreak of dry skin. I thought I’d resurface it and share with you all because it’s one of my favorites and makes my skin feel amazing. The great thing about these recipes are that you can substitute your favorite essential oil for a scent you prefer. I use lavender for just about everything because I like its calming properties. If you don’t want to use lavender, try grapefruit, wild orange, citrus bliss, or lemon. Really, any oil you prefer will work in this recipe.

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Whipped Body Butter Recipe: 

What you need:

  • Double Boiler
  • Hand Mixer
  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 20 drops DoTerra Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:

  1. Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.
  2. Measure all ingredients except for lavender oil in double boiler.
  3. Place double boiler over skillet/pan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to boil.
  4. Stir ingredients frequently using a rubber scraper or wooden spoon for about 10-15 minutes, or until all ingredients are 100% melted into liquid form.
  5. Once melted, remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Add 20 drops of lavender to mixture.
  7. Stir and place in refrigerator for approximately 1 hour or until mixture becomes solid.
  8. Once chilled,  remove from refrigerator and blend with hand mixer. Start on a low setting and slowly progress to high-speed. Whip mixture until consistency is light and fluffy (3-5 minutes).

whipper body butter whipped body butter whipped body butterWhen finished, add your whipped body butter to a glass jar or container and store in a cool place. If you need to re-whip, you can do so with hand mixer again and again. It’s that easy!

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Moving is hard work. Getting settled in and making a house feel like a home is even harder. Steve and I have spent the past month and a half working tirelessly to put each thing in its right place so that we can get comfortable in our new digs. One of the first orders of business was setting up our new living room. A nicely polished common area is important since we have so many guests who come visit us in Nashville.  I was so excited to start from scratch and redecorate with fresh, new pieces of furniture.

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We got rid of all of our old living room furniture, including the giant leather sectional I’ve had for several years, so that I could start fresh with new furniture in a new living room. I knew I wanted the room to be bright and colorful, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I decided that picking out a new sofa would be the first order of business. I knew that once I found the right sofa, I’d be able to build upon whatever aesthetic I was going for. To make the process simple, I visited furniture.com to start browsing for a brand new sofa. It wasn’t long before I found this Cindy Crawford Home Park Boulevard sofa in the perfect shade of blue. This became the foundation of the room and redecorating became simpler.

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The great thing about using a site like furniture.com, is you can filter your search according to your style, color preferences, price range, material, and more. I knew that I wanted to find something modern and colorful but keep it under $1,000. When this sofa appeared, it was love at first sight. They even have tips for designing a room, which made my life easier since decorating doesn’t come as naturally for me as I’d like. Once I knew the aesthetic and theme I wanted to achieve, I just had fun with it. The next few purchases were throw pillows, a coffee table, and curtain panels. When I knew I really loved the color palette, I purchased the two chairs to place in the living room along with some new houseplants.

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redecoratingThe best bit of advice I can give when decorating or redecorating a room is to start with the foundational piece of furniture you know you want and love. Once you have that piece of furniture where you want it, let everything else become an accessory to that piece. The second best bit of advice I can give is to let yourself have fun with it. I was inspired by the bright greens and blues of the grass and sky from outside our window in our new country farmhouse, so I wanted to bring those happy colors into the interior. Now when my husband and I sit in our living room we’re filled with so much joy at how bright and happy it feels.

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This past weekend, Steve and I packed our bags and headed to Asheville, North Carolina for a much needed weekend getaway. We stayed in an Airbnb in West Asheville that was actually gifted to me for achieving our quarterly goals at my job. It’s good to know hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and that Steve and I get to enjoy the benefits of my job together from time to time. We had the option to pick any city we’d like to visit that was drive-able within a weekend, and Asheville had been on our list for quite some time since we both wanted to see The Biltmore and we enjoy craft beer. It was a no-brainer when the opportunity presented itself.

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