Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Favorites 2017: Fall Decor!

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  As I'm typing today's post, it may not feel like fall outside but it sure smells like fall in my house!  I've got Leaves burning, the lamps on, and I'm wrapped in a blanket blogging on the couch--it's the coziest!!

 I'm so excited to see everyone's fall decor, and if you link up with Emily or I, be sure to link back to one of us!  

Happy Fall, y'all!  And welcome to the Shaneyfelt home!
 The front porch is pretty simple this year, and since we've added rocking chairs this year, I had to go buy outdoor fall pillows.  I found the perfect ones at Pottery Barn during Labor Day weekend and I love the layered look!  I also added the garden flag and flag holder for the fall.  Once it gets October, I'll add real pumpkins to the porch next to the ceramic ones.

 Our entryway

 I rearranged the sofa table and added a few things  (sorry the lighting is bad in these pictures!)

 The mantle is my favorite this year!

The table is pretty simple, too.  You can find my plaid napkins here.

 A little area in the kitchen

 Y'all, this tea towel was $1.88 from Walmart!!

Another area of our kitchen

I love decorating for fall ALMOST as much as I love decorating for Christmas!  Almost 😂😂  I can't wait to check out everyone's fall decorations because the coziness of fall decor really makes me want to watch fall movies on the Hallmark channel--which just happen to premiere Saturday night ha!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Small Town Fun

There are some days where I really wished I lived in a much bigger city.  I think I would love the convenience of living closer to multiple restaurants or trying out boutique fitness centers or being closer to great shopping.

But then I'm always reminded of why I love living in a small town--especially the town I grew up in--like when I'm running at the park and everyone I pass tells me "Good Morning" or when I'm always running into someone I know at either Walmart or Kroger.  Or more importantly, when a funeral procession drives by and everyone stops and pulls over to pay respect for the deceased person.

Saturday was my town's annual festival.  I've always gone (except when I was in college and I was at the football game), and this year was no exception.  Dustin had to work so I went with my sister and mom, and Rachel brought her camera along to grab some shots.  I pulled these off of her Facebook page, so enjoy some photos showing small town, southern life!

 Isn't my mom so cute?!  She ended up buying that poncho, too!

 Notice the old fashioned cokes?  You can't go to this burger joint (that's been around even before my parents were kids--and they sat at that same counter) without ordering an old fashioned coke.

What do you love about where you live?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

A Prayer Request

Hey y'all!  I had good intentions of putting my Friday Favorites post together yesterday, but a few things happened that got in the way.

I just waned to pop in to ask y'all to pray for my grandfather.  Out of respect for my family, I'm not going to go into details on my blog, but your prayers are very much appreciated!

I will see y'all Monday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Favorites 2017: Favorite Fall Fashion

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I am so excited about today's topic for mine and Emily's Fall Favorites link up!  Fashion is my love language so you can imagine how much fun I've had following along with New York Fashion Week and all of the fashion bloggers I follow.  It would be a dream come true to attend that one year, but for right now, I'll follow along from Alabama 😜

If you're linking up with Emily and I, please make sure to link back to one of us!

Today I want to share a few items I want to add to my closet along with two fall looks that I've already shared on the blog this month, but are still season appropriate.

I have been checking on these slides every single day, and they have yet to restock in my size.  If you have smaller feet, then they usually stay stocked.  I used to have a pair of leopard flats in college and wore them all the time because they went with everything!  Now that slides are "in" right now, I want a pair of them but in leopard so I can pair them with multiple looks.

I have a sweater from this exact brand and very similar in style but it's more of a purple-ish and maroon color.  This year I'm hoping to fill my closet with more neutral colors--browns, beiges, grays, blacks, navys.  Those classic colors can be mixed and matched with each other or printed clothes that I already own.  

I'm obsessed with this dress!  So classic.  So modest.  So preppy.  It also comes in a red, so that would be perfect for the Christmas season this year.

I also love everything about this look--the skirt, neutral top, leopard clutch.  I don't have many skirts because I'm drawn to dresses, so this is something I hope to add more of to my closet!

 If you live in a warmer climate like I do, then your fall outfits right now may look like the one above.  And if you're looking for the perfect white jean, I highly suggest JCrew.  Their jean material is thicker so it's not see-through but it isn't too thick that it's hot...if that makes sense.  Yes, I know it's more on the expensive side, but I think it's worth it!  I've also gotten BBQ sauce on these jeans before and it came right out after I treated it!
top | jeans | shoes on sale now!! | bag | sunglasses
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This is also a favorite look for fall because black and cognac always pair well.  This tunic is thin enough to wear now without sweating to death, and my boots are so well made that I know I'll probably be wearing them 10 years from now!
shirt | jeans (on sale!) | boots (on sale!) | bag
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creating a Good Night's Sleep

For me, a good and productive day begins with a good night's sleep.  If I've had restless sleep or wake up with a sore back, I feel like that affects the rest of my day.  Maybe I'm tired all day or low on energy, so for me to feel as productive and energized as I can, that begins with getting the best sleep I can.

Here's what helps me:

Take a shower before bed.
There's nothing better than a hot shower or warm bath to get my body and mind ready for bed.  I know this is crazy, but I cannot sleep if I haven't had a shower.  It doesn't matter how late I've been out or if I'm not even dirty, a nighttime shower is part of my nightly ritual.

Unplug from your device(s).
I've read many places where the blue screens on your device send some type of message to your brain that keeps it wired, thus, keeping you awake at night.  Thirty minutes before getting ready for bed, I plug in my phone and watch and don't look at them until the next day.

Put your favorite lotion or oil on your wrists.
I have this Aveda oil that I love dabbing on my wrists before bed.  The smell is so soothing and if I breathe deeply a couple of times, then my heart rate relaxes and my brain is ready for sleep.  If you've ever had a massage, then you know what I'm talking about.  Before you begin your massage, you breathe deeply whatever oil you've selected, and that automatically relaxes your brain.  If you haven't tried it, you should!

Read a book.
I save my quiet time for the end of the day, but if you do yours in the morning, then you'll want to read some type of book (not scary!) to tire your eyes out.

What do you do to create a good night's sleep?

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Monday, September 11, 2017

A Fall Look for Anyone

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shirt | jeans (on sale!) | boots (on sale!) | bag

I have been a huge fan of this tunic ever since I bought it!  I love that it can be tucked in or worn as a tunic with leggings, and I love that it looks good on every body type.  I'm all about an outfit that is effortless but still looks on point.  This tunic, stretch skinny jeans, and riding boots will be part of my fall uniform this year. 

In other news, did anyone stay up to watch Miss America last night?  School was canceled for us today because of the hurricane so I stayed up!  I was obviously pulling for Miss Alabama and was so sad she didn't make the top 5!  Honestly, I would have been happy with any southern girl winning!  Southern girls gotta stick together!  I'm happy for Miss North Dakota, and I know she made her home state proud 😊

If you watched, who were you rooting for?

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday, friends--it's been a long week even though it's only been a 4 day work week.  I started out not feeling good, had a painful procedure done, and then my grandfather was admitted to ICU.  Please pray for him and my family.

Because of the craziness, blogging has taken a backseat (other than the 2 scheduled posts I already had) and I've hardly read any blogs.  I'm hoping to have time this weekend to catch up on reading and commenting.

As I always do on Fridays, I'm sharing a few of my FAVORITE things with y'all!
 Last Saturday morning I hosted a college football kickoff breakfast and it was so fun that I'm going to make it a yearly tradition for the first Saturday of college football.  Since it was a new thing, we just had our parents and my sister and BIL over to eat pancakes, turkey sausage, and drink coffee while College Gameday was on the tv.  Everyone had a great time, so I'm already looking forward to next year and inviting more people!

 That night we went over to our friends' house to watch the game and their little girl greeted us at the door with her new pet squirrel her grandparents had found that day 😂  It was hilarious because she has my mom for science class and told me her plans to grow that squirrel and make it a scarf haha!

The next few pictures are horrible quality and I snapped them quickly, but they are a few things that caught my eye.
 I absolutely love these candle sticks and really tried to buy them while I was buying everything else at PB Sunday.

 I also tried to convince Dustin that we needed to replace all of our living room pillows with down pillows from PB and get a few of these covers.  

 I need this mirror for the entryway....hint hint Dustin

top | jeans | shoes on sale now!! | bag | sunglasses
 I posted about how to wear white after Labor Day on Tuesday and loved this shot from my session with my sister!  We have a lot of fun shooting these looks together.

I love comfortable clothes so much.  On Tuesday after I got home from my doctor's appointment, all I wanted to do was put on something comfortable and lay on the couch.  If I could have worn my Matilda Jane top with these pj pants, I know my day would have been great haha!

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