Gameday with Stewart Simmons

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It’s finally “fall” (if the weather would catch up) and this weekend marks the first BIG Georgia game, so I thought it only fitting to share some fun gameday style that you can take from tailgate to the game, sitting on your couch to watching with friends! I love Stewart Simmons because they make such cute SEC gameday styles that are budget-friendly and different than traditional mascots, etc. Get 20% off your purchase with code LIFESTYLED20.

I love this simple shift dress because you can do it with sandals, booties, a little jacket over the top, and some fun red earrings like these.

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If you’re watching on your couch or casually with friends like I am most weekends, I LOVE this easy lightweight long-sleeved tee with anything from yoga leggings to jeans and sneakers.

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And as y’all know, this bulldawg tank (and baby onesie!) are a Saturday staple for me, especially in this heat!

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If you are looking for great gameday style, look no further! You can use code LIFESTYLED20 to get 20% off at Stewart Simmons.


*thank you to Stewart Simmons for sponsoring this post!

Nordstrom Sale Picks

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It’s HERE! Today is the start of early access to the NSale for Nordy Club members and cardholders, so I’m sharing all my favorites. I actually love that there are LESS items in the sale this year, so it’s not as overwhelming and allows me to really round up the pieces I think are the best buys; from wardrobe staples like denim, shoes and sweaters, to activewear, loungewear and more. This sale is also a great time to stock up on gifts - SO many deals on candles and cute home decor items!

I had the chance to try on just a few items while I was there with clients the other day, so I am picturing those here, and then rounding up all my picks by category below. Everything you see me wearing will be linked within the category.

Happy shopping!

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ACTIVEWEAR:

OUTERWEAR:

DRESSES & SKIRTS:

SHOES:

TOPS & SWEATERS:

DENIM:



HOME & GIFT:

ACCESSORIES:



My Favorite Summer Dresses + Summer Flash SALE

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Happy Monday! Summer is in full swing and my go-to daily uniform is definitely a dress. They are easy to throw on, no-hassle and there are some REALLY cute ones out there right now. I’m rounding up tons of my favorites for you below.

The black dress I’m wearing above is linked here.

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I wore this cute eyelet shift dress to Lila’s Sip and See yesterday (wish I had gotten a better photo of it!) and it is SO cute. Easy, comfortable, flattering and 40% off. It’s included above and linked here.

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Plus, I’m running a SUMMER FLASH SALE!
If you feel like you need a summer wardrobe refresh, help packing for a fun summer vacation, or just want to take advantage of sale pricing and use your service later, you can use code BEATTHEHEAT at checkout for 20% off.

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Weekend Links - extra 40% off

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Happy weekend! Thought I’d hop on here while baby girl naps to share some favorites from the J.Crew sale - an extra 40% off all sale. Love, love all these pieces that are still stocked in most sizes.


If you’re in the market for a new summer suit, JCrew sale is my favorite spot to find them! There are so many great ones . Happy shopping, friends!

Closet Transformation with The Reformed Closet

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Happy Friday, y’all! Spring wardrobe clean-outs are in full effect and that does not exclude my OWN closet. Many clients assume that within my wardrobe consults, I provide organization services as well. Though I can definitely give you tips on how to categorize your clothes, organization is NOT one of my strengths! I try multiple things on, throw the clothes on the floor and this pattern continues for about a month or so. Meaning - I have no idea where anything is, and you can’t see my closet floor. So after my closet got absolutely out-of-control this past time, I decided to call in an expert to help. Of course a custom closet is on the wish list, but for now I just needed to get my life in order.

Enter Jessica Kitchel of The Reformed Closet (and also my neighbor here in Roswell!) Y’all - she is amazing! Her simple tips and direction really helped me change my closet, my outlook on organization and my ability to MAINTAIN a clean and organized closet. Jessica lives in Historic Roswell, GA with her husband Mack and their almost two year old daughter Charlie. She graduated from The University of Hawaii, which fueled her passion for travel. She loves all things interior design and sharing their home with friends and family. Jessica has a passion for organizing and making life simpler by creating easy to maintain organizational processes for your home. Now if she could just do every drawer and closet in the rest of my house…

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After meeting with me to evaluate my closet (see the BEFORE photo below; Full disclosure y’all - I am SO embarrassed to even put this out on the internet and be associated with it but I feel you really need to get the full effect!), Jess discussed some ideas with me and then sent me a document with everything she wanted me to purchase at The Container Store and the quantities / prices of each. This was so helpful because not only were there photos of each item and quantities, but I could get an idea of how much this was going to cost me. It was much more reasonable than I thought it would be!

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I purchased all the items on the list, and also bought this storage unit at Ikea and added hardware to it. I already had this set of drawers in my closet plus the shoe shelves. First Jess took out EVERYTHING from the closet (whoa). Then, she moved things around to the most functional spots and made the closet feel so much bigger and cleaner! After that, we got to work on organizing. She had me put all the shoes I don’t wear on a daily basis in clear bins that we put on the top shelf, showed me a fun a neat way to use a paper organizer as a clutch holder (genius!), and introduced me to the best underwear & bra organizers. She then taught me how to fold everything Marie Kondo-style which has been so much easier to implement than I thought it would be!

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After all was said and done, I feel SO much better about my closet. I am great at purging and getting rid of stuff each season, but the organization side of things has never been my strength. The key test would be MAINTAINING this level of organization, and I’m happy to report that it’s been a whole month and my closet still looks like this!

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Thank you to Jess for collaborating with me on this post! If you are in need of organization, she is your go-to gal. Visit thereformedcloset.com to learn more!

Our first 3 months with Lila + My baby must-haves

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Lila Steele has been with us for just over three months (crazy!) and I’m starting to get the urge to ease back into work life so I’m going to go with it! I’ve had tons of messages asking if I will share what “baby things” we have loved, what didn’t end up working, and what is worth it or not. So, today I’m sharing all the details about our first two months and answering some questions I’ve gotten!

For those who don’t know, Lila Steele Clymer joined our family on December 28, 2018. I went into labor in the middle of the night, we got to the hospital around 6AM and she made her debut at 6:38PM. We had a pretty smooth labor, and I only pushed for 20 minutes!

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Q&A :: Here are some things you’ve asked me (mostly on instagram) -

1) What is one thing about labor that you didn’t expect?
The SHAKES! The epidural gave me the worst convulsions and shakes that lasted for hours. It was really stressful for both me and Harrison, and I was so worried that I would be shaking too badly to hold her when she came. Thankfully the adrenaline rush of pushing took over. But I had no idea that was a side effect so we were pretty alarmed when I couldn’t stop.

2) Are you doing a schedule?
You may have seen that little Lila is an amazing sleeper. She was sleeping from about 9-5 or 6 at 6 weeks old and I honestly have no secrets. I think we are just super lucky and blessed, and God knows how much this mama needs her sleep ;) I am following Moms on Call, so I just transitioned her to the 8-16 week schedule where she goes down around 7:30 and makes it to 6 or 7 most mornings. So I do have to give some credit to MOC, and I really enjoy having a schedule to loosely follow. I do try to keep in mind that we have to continue to have a life, which really allows us to be the best parents. So, I try not to stress if we don’t follow the schedule exactly day-to-day. Some days we are out and about and she doesn’t nap in her crib, other days I make sure she gets at least 2 good naps in there! I’m learning that it’s all about balance (and I’m certainly no expert).

3) Does she sleep in your room?
This was something I was really surprised about - she was in her crib on day 2! I could NOT sleep with her in our room and she didn’t sleep well at all. Lila is a super noisy / grunty sleeper so every little noise would wake me up. I was surprised at my ability to let her go to the crib so early, but I knew it was the only way any of us would sleep! She has done great in the crib.

4) Swaddle?
Y’all - I panic ordered like 8 swaddles at 3AM during a feeding one night in those early days. Our favorite has been this Halo swaddle (I like that it’s fleece for the winter time) because it zips and velcros, and Lila is an escape artist. It doesn’t matter how tight you swaddle her, she would get a hand out every time. She has only broken out of this one like twice, and she sleeps great in it! I also love that it unzips from the bottom, so if you need to do a diaper change or if I forget to put the Owlet sock on, I can do it without totally unswaddling her.

I just transitioned her to the Magic Merlin sleepsuit and she LOVES it. Sleeps like a champ all night & at naptimes! I highly, highly recommend.

5) Favorite place to get her bows?
I got her a ton of bows on Amazon, but I also love the Baby Bling bows. Both kinds are so stretchy, super lightweight and so so cute. They are one size fits most, and they fit her soon after she was born and obviously still do now. I love all their patterns!

6) What are your must-haves? What items were worth the price, and what did you end up not liking?
First of all, obviously every baby is different. Here are some things that Lila absolutely loves:

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(leopard set I’m wearing is sold out)

The Owlet - I CANNOT live without this. I see so many mixed reviews on this and lots of you have asked if I think it’s worth it. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to use it - it gives me SO much peace of mind going to sleep each night and I literally don’t think I would sleep without it. When she is laying so still and hasn’t moved in awhile, instead of going in and sticking my fingers under her nose to check if she’s breathing, I just look at the Owlet. It is a game changer.

4Moms - she slept in this the first few nights when we couldn’t get her to go to sleep. She still sits and naps in it and loves the mobile! It is a permanent fixture in our living room.

Beautycounter baby products - Lila has great skin y’all. She is tanner than I am and she’s a baby. My pediatrician asked what I am using on her skin because she has yet to get a diaper rash, splotchy-ness and even her baby acne and little spots go away pretty immediately. I use the baby bath during bath time, then mix this baby balm & the baby oil in my hands and rub it all over her after the bath every night. PSA : the baby balm is gritty at first, you have to RUB it to get the grit to go away. I have yet to use the diaper rash cream because we haven’t needed it, but it’s on deck if we do!

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Baby Bjorn bouncer - This is a higher ticket item and I honestly thought she’d enjoy it more. Every baby is different, of course, but she hasn’t loved this so far. Maybe as she gets bigger and older!

Solly baby wrap - Lila LOVES this. She snuggles up and sleeps so well when I put her in it, and it hurts my back way less than the Baby Bjorn carrier. It is tricky to learn how to put it on at first, but after a couple of tutorial videos I finally have it figured out ;)

Baby Bjorn carrier - I do love this because it’s easier than the Solly wrap, and Harrison wears her a lot in this too. It does hurt my back more than the Solly wrap, but great for walks and such!

Keekaroo changing pad - Absolutely LOVE this! Never have to worry about poop or spit up getting on fabric and washing it, just wipe it off and continue on! It does stain a little bit, so I have been using a magic eraser every now and then to really get it clean, and then wiping it with a baby wipe afterwards.

Noodle & Boo laundry products - O.M.G these smell AMAZING. I am now using them on all our laundry because I cannot get enough! I also have the room spray which I spray after her diaper changes, and the diffuser that I keep in her room. I wish you could smell it through the computer, but you’ll just have to trust me.

Boppy pillow- She was too small for this at first, but now she loves it and it’s easy to prop her on it while I need to do something!

Nanit monitor - I absolutely love this! I can see her from anywhere, even when babysitters are there (hehe). One time my dad tried to swaddle her and majorly failed while I was at a hair appointment, so all I had to do was send him a text that her arm was completely out! ;)

***TIP! I hung this mobile over her changing table and it is her FAVORITE place to be. Every time I lay her down to change her, she looks up and breaks out a huge smile. I did it just thinking she might like something to look at, but it has turned into one of our go-to tools to calm her down or distract her! I ordered it off etsy but you could use any mobile.

Beach trip must-have :

This tent. We put towels in it and she napped here on the beach and by the pool.

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Questions? Leave them in the comments below!






Nursery Tour

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Happy Tuesday! Less than 2 weeks before baby girl’s arrival, and we are READY! I’m walking all the hills, drinking all the raspberry leaf tea, and Harrison made us eggplant parmesan last night. (any other tricks?! Leave them below in the comments section!) Operation : Get her here before Christmas is underway!

Britt delivered my incredibly beautiful painting last week and that was the final finishing touch on the nursery, so today I thought I’d take you on a little tour! It is so peaceful and it’s now our favorite room in the house. We just can’t wait the new tenant.

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I am beyond obsessed with her painting. It’s so perfect for her room and I know she will love staring at it. Britt is the best and I am forever grateful!

I have known for years that I wanted to use this Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper (which I purchased through Miko + Boone Home) in my nursery if I had a little girl. So, that was the first decision and what I really designed the room around. I also knew I wanted velvet blush panels and lots of light. I didn’t want it to be too “pink”, “floral” or “girly,” so I knew that I wanted to add the green palm accents and once Britt showed me the painting, I also added pops of raspberry / plum. I love all the bold colors!

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How sweet is this little mobile that she can look up at while her diapers get changed? I love it. I also am SO excited to use my FAWN diaper bag. If you are in the market, I highly recommend!

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These are my baby pictures, which I plan to recreate with her and hang underneath! Below those is a picture of my grandmother, Noni, who she shares a middle name with. She passed away two weeks before my wedding and was just the best grandmother ever. I knew that I wanted to use a piece of her name in my child’s name.

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If you missed it on my insta-stories, Harrison insisted that she have a pink door. I chose this color spray paint for a super soft, peony pink and Harrison painted, installed and added gold hardware! He is already the best dad ever.

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Can’t even deal with this leopard onesie and big, velvet bows. This mirror is sadly sold out, but I still linked it at the end of the post so you have it.

Also, the Noodle & Boo room spray and diffuser are AMAZING! They smell so fresh and sweet; you can spray after diaper changes, and leave the diffuser out to keep the room smelling good. Also makes a great baby shower gift!

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These acrylic shelves hold her books, maternity photos, ultrasound photos and shower invitations. I love how they turned out!

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We chose this glider.

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I had so many questions about this bassinet, linked here. Right now it’s here in her nursery, but we will most likely use it in our room / the living room. Love how neutral it is and that after she’s done using it, we can use it as a basket!

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An up close of her Britt Bass original.

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Shop everything in our nursery below :

5 Days of Giveaways : Day 2 - DryBar Giveaway + Gifts for HIM Under $50

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Happy Wednesday! 5 days of giveaways continues with a really great one! I recently got the DryBar blow dryer and fell in love with it. I mean I think it is the best thing ever and it dries my hair in a fraction of the time, leaving it smooth with no frizz. Once I started using that, I was hooked on anything and everything DryBar. I more recently got the curling iron and am SO excited to use it! I am not a big blowout gal because I am SUPER picky about my hair, but I absolutely love the experience!

So how ‘bout a girl’s day?! To show you my appreciation this Holiday season, I’m gifting a lucky winner and two friends a blowout at Dry Bar Avalon, plus another lucky winner this Double Triple gift set.

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To enter, head over to Instagram and like this post, tag the two friends you would take with you for blowouts or tell me why you want the . Giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight, winner announced on Friday. Good luck!

Plus, today I’m sharing my favorite gifts & stocking stuffers for HIM, all under $50. These are great things for your hubby, brother, dad, father-in-law, etc. and they won’t break the bank. Shop them all below!

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A few noteworthy / explanation-worthy mentions:

If your husband is always losing his keys / wallet like mine is, he NEEDS the tile. Put one on his key chain, one in his wallet and he’ll never bother you again (ha- yeah right!)

Tommy John underwear - why yes, it’s strange that I have a photo of a man’s crotch on my gift guide but I am telling you these underwear are apparently life-changing! Harrison is obsessed and I get him a pair every year in his stocking.

I got Harrison this valet last year and it’s a great spot for tossing keys, wallet, watch, etc. to keep them in one place.

Do you have or love labs (how could you not)? How cute are these lab PJ pants?

Every woman needs a vest, every man needs a vest too. This one is perfect and such a great price.

SHOP IT ALL :





5 Days of Giveaways : Day 1 - Anna B. Designs

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Happy Monday! Let’s kick off this week with a giveaway, shall we? In the true spirit of Christmas, I’ll be doing 5 days of giveaways, every other day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday & Wednesday), starting today.

I recently fell in love with Anna B. Designs, a jewelry brand right here in Atlanta. I love anything beaded and unique, which is why I love her stuff so much! Her jewelry, especially necklaces like the ones I am wearing, make such great gifts and I love the price point compared to some other handmade brands.

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One lucky winner will win a necklace of their choice (value up to $75)! To enter, simply head over to Instagram, make sure you are following me and Anna B. Designs, ‘like’ the photo, and tag 3 friends in the comment section below. PLUS, get 15% off your purchase with coder COURTNEY15.

Giveaway closes tomorrow night at midnight; I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday along with the next giveaway. Good luck!

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shop my looks from above :

Don’t forget, today marks the end of the first installment of the Christmas Countdown Sale! Last day to get 20% off your order for Christmas, so hurry! Tomorrow the discount decreases to 15%.

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The Perfect Holiday Dress + Gift Guide #1 : Gifts for Her Under $50

 
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Happy Thursday! This is my absolute favorite time of year, and this year is even more special with us awaiting the arrival of baby girl! I had my 36 week appointment and things are completely closed for now, but Harrison and I are both hoping she might surprise us with a pre-Christmas arrival. That would be the best gift ever! We are so ready for her, but we’ll see when she decides to make her debut.

Today I’m sharing this dress that’s perfect for holiday parties, Christmas day, and just fall/winter in general. It’s non-maternity and you can get your regular size if you are pregnant (plus the fit is forgiving which is perfect for post-baby!) Plus, it’s 40% OFF! I’m wearing a size small and it’s perfect for pairing under a vest like this faux fur one, with tights & boots or heels. I also love plaid because it will never go out of style; you can wear this holiday season after holiday season.

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Outfit details are linked below:

Now for the start of my Gift Guides! Today I’m sharing gifts for her, all under $50; these are perfect for stocking stuffers, or smaller gifts for mom, sister, friend, wife, etc. etc. and all things that I either have, or would love to get in my stocking. Tomorrow, we’ll address the men. Happy shopping!

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SHOP gifts for her :

And don’t forget! My Christmas Countdown SALE is in full swing; now through December 10th, get 20% off with code CHRISTMASCOUNTDOWN. Click below for all the details.