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Happy Thursday! Today I have an exciting tidbit of news to share; Many of you have been following along for awhile now and I've gotten multiple inquiries about my home, interior design tips, hair + beauty questions and more. So, I've decided to expand the scope of the blog and take it to more of a "lifestyle" level, rather than solely focusing on fashion. Not to worry, fashionistas -- the majority of my posts will continue to revolve around style, sharing my favorite things, tips and tutorials and wardrobe must-haves. I'll just be throwing in some home decor ideas + tips, beauty secrets, DIY projects and favorite everyday items as well! 

So let's start with a recent DIY project Harrison and I took on. For those of you who don't know, we bought a 1962 fixer-upper in September. Almost every weekend since has been spent on home renovations, DIY projects, sprucing up and more. All of these home inspiration posts are ones that I've experienced firsthand.

A little bit of grasscloth can go a long way! I love the way grasscloth wallpaper can transform a space from regular to upscale in a jiff. It looks amazing in bathrooms, on accent walls and even as a background in built-ins. We chose to use it on an  accent wall in our breakfast nook and only needed about 3/4 of a roll. On such a small space, it's a cheap and {fairly} easy project! 

BEFORE + AFTER

 This 'Before + After' was taken right after we finished initial renovations and moved in. We were using our existing furniture which was too dark for the space, and the original light fixture {which wasn't centered over the table!} It was a HUGE improvement from when we bought the house, but not up to par with the vision I had for this space.

This 'Before + After' was taken right after we finished initial renovations and moved in. We were using our existing furniture which was too dark for the space, and the original light fixture {which wasn't centered over the table!} It was a HUGE improvement from when we bought the house, but not up to par with the vision I had for this space.

 AFTER grasscloth + new light fixture + furniture

AFTER grasscloth + new light fixture + furniture

I love the gray color of this because it gives a cool, modern and clean feel.

This is a gray faux grasscloth wallpaper made of vinyl, which not only makes it less expensive, but ideal for places like bathrooms where there might be a lot of moisture. I ordered off Amazon, which is a GREAT place to find certain wallpaper at the lowest prices.

 AFTER

AFTER

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AFTER

 Tuck joined in on the fun

Tuck joined in on the fun

The wall didn't need much after adding the grasscloth, so I ditched the shelving I had before and just stuck with framed art {I love a good mirrored frame}

Shop some of my other favorite grasscloth wallpapers and give it a try! I'd love to see your results. 

For interior design inquiries, you can visit www.simplystagedatlanta.com, who I've been working with for about a year now in addition to Lifestyled. It's been a busy and fun road and I'm excited to continue down it! I hope you'll follow along....



Nordstrom Sale :: Home + Gift Picks

    

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When you think of the Nordstrom Sale, you usually think clothes, shoes and accessories; Some of us forget about the awesome home and gift items that Nordstrom offers... And these are such steals during the sale that I had to share my favorites with you. 

GIFT HIGHLIGHT :: Y'all, I am the definition of a candle person. I have them burning in my home ALL. THE. TIME because I love the ambiance they provide, not to mention heavenly scents around my home. These Voluspa candles are GREAT gifts, and the three-pack is a steal at . You can keep them on hand and wrap a pretty ribbon around one for a perfect little gift. I snagged a few sets of these and clearly some are already burning in my home...

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voluspa candles nordstrom sale

Here are all my favorite deals for your home and gift-giving occasions {you can shop them all below the image} ::

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SHOP THEM ALL... Don't miss out! They'll be gone soon //

monday musings

          

monday musings

Happy Monday! Today starts a new Monday traditions, where I'm bringing you a few of my favorite things for the week ahead. My items might {will probably} be a little bit random, but I'll share them with you anyways! These are truly things that I am loving lately... Anyone else love something on today's list? 

1. PAINTED EARTH ROSEMARY + THYME BAKED MINERAL BLUSH in BERRY SWIRL // Does anyone else find that their go-to blush gets a little too light for their face when the sunny summer months roll around? I've been finding that my blush hasn't exactly shown up on my face well lately, and I am a blush lover all around.

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So, I decided to try this Rosemary & Thyme Baked Mineral Blush in Berry Swirl {yes, it's named that because it ACTUALLY has rosemary and thyme in it, and is all natural & organic} and it is B-E-A-U-Tiful. It's the perfect shade for any skin tone and I love the sunkissed sheen it adds to your cheeks. Helpful hint? I always apply a little blush to the tip of my nose to finish off my face. It brightens and gives a little extra color + glow. I also have the Apricot Swirl color for my paler months.

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2. KENDRA SCOTT STATEMENT EARRINGS // I have found myself reaching for these beauties with so many outfits; from shorts and a tee for a little extra something, to my favorite LBD. They are perfect for adding an earring when you're wearing your hair up and are the perfect size and statement. These are pretty pricey, so I'm linking up some other favorites HERE, HERE & HERE.

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kendra scott statement earring

3. THIERRY MUGLER 'ANGEL' PERFUME // Y'all... this scent is heavenly. About a year ago I was working with one of my regular clients and she smelled SO good. I told her {in a non-weird way} and asked her what perfume she wore and she told me about Thierry Mugler's 'Angel' scent, which I had never heard of. She said that random men would literally stop her when she was out and comment on her perfume. I had it in my shopping cart that evening and haven't stopped wearing it since! {And I can verify her claims; not only does my hubby love it but I get stopped from time to time asking about it!}

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Helpful Hint :: I always buy my perfume on Amazon because they have the best prices and FAST + FREE shipping!

What are you loving lately? Have any of you tried this blush or perfume, or have a go-to statement earring you can't get enough of? 

Early Access Ends Today :: Jump on more Nordstrom Sale Favorites

TGIT! Early access for the Nordstrom Sale ends TODAY, y'all! I'm sharing more favorites, so jump on them because they certainly won't last long after the sale opens to everyone. Once again I'm wishing summer away and ready to pull on my boots scarves, leggings and more for fall. I probably shouldn't be so hasty as it's only mid-July {wahh!} Okay, enough chit chat. Here we go...

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Here are a few snaps of me wearing some of these faves and others from my first N Sale Favorites post

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SAM EDELMAN HALF D'ORSAY PUMP | HUDSON JEANS

SHOP TODAY'S FAVORITES :: 

the perfect LBD

Happy Monday! Today I'm here to help cure those Monday blues by sharing my absolute faaaa-vorite little black dress by Topshop. Let's count the reasons why :: 1} it's under $100 2} it's drapey + comfy and requires no spanx, sucking in, or fidgeting 3} it's lightweight with sheer sleeves AND 4} it's also available in olive and cream for alternative, less dressy options.

I've literally worn this dress with flat sandals and simple accessories, wedges and pumps. It's easy to throw on for a dinner out, or dress up for an event or occasion. Keep in mind that Topshop has funky sizing, so always look for the US size, and if you are in between sizes, GO UP. {I ordered a US 6 in this dress for reference}

Shop my Britt Bass for KSlade Made clutch HERE

Shop my outfit + accessories //

PLUS... The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale continues! Only 4 days left for early access, then it opens to non-cardholders. Click HERE for some of my sale favorites if you missed them last week, and stay tuned for more tomorrow!




The N Sale Leopard Pump + Meet Intern Nicole

TGIF! Today we're bringing you double the fun with a sale item and an exciting introduction!

First, thing's first :: A leopard pump {or wedge for those of you who can't do pumps} is a must in every woman's closet. Not only is leopard considered a neutral and goes with just about everything, it is a sassy + classy addition to any otherwise neutral or classic outfit. I go on and on about my love for leopard in the fall and winter, but leopard pumps are perfect for summer, too; with that LBD, in the office, or out on the town. 

I've found that a fabulous leopard pump is a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year {remember that Halogen pump that sold out so quickly last year?!} and this year is no different. When I saw these Sam Edelman pumps I knew I had to have them, and who could resist at under $100 on sale?! I love the "half" pump that doesn't cover your whole foot on one side. Pointed-toe shoes are already more slimming than a round toe, and the half pump adds even more of a slimming effect. Lastly,  Okay y'all, I could go on and on for days about anything leopard. Here they are, in all their glory :: 

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SHOP // Sam Edelman 'Onyx' Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump

And now for the exciting introduction. I am happy to introduce you to the LifeStyled intern, Nicole! I am thrilled to have her on board and for all that's to come! Here's a little bit about Nicole...

Hello from Atlanta!

I'm Nicole, Courtney's intern. I'm a rising junior at the University of Georgia working toward a major in marketing, with an emphasis in digital marketing, and a minor in fashion merchandising. I'm all about college football, Pure Barre, website design, Diet Coke and Starbucks (usually combined during finals week), and laughing out loud at re-runs of Friends.

I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good. And that's what I love about LifeStyled! I'm thrilled about the opportunity to help Courtney and contribute to the LifeStyled brand. Blogging, and shopping, and girl talk? I could get used to this!

What's in my bag

Happy Wednesday! I'm headed for sunny Florida tomorrow and could NOT be more excited. Today I'm sharing what's in my purse this summer; from basics like planner and lipstick, to my unique and quirky "carry-all-the-time" items that you might not expect. Here's 'what's in the bag...'

1 | KATE SPADE PLANNER ::  I can't go anywhere without my planner, as most of you can relate to. I love the Kate Spade planners because they're functional, cute and classic. My 2016 favorites here | here | here

2| POPPIN GOLD NOTEBOOK :: For wardrobe consults, shopping lists, and random jot-downs I use this fun gold notebook. Closes with an elastic band so you don't have to worry about page wrinkling!

3 | DIOR 'ADDICT' FLUID LIPSTICK :: I love this because it goes on like a gloss, but looks and stays put like a lipstick. Not to mention I am in LO-OVE with this color {779 Plaisir}  The perfect shade of pink and you can apply it lighter for a lighter look, or heavier for a bold pop of color

4| BOBBI BROWN 'STELLA' CAT EYE SUNGLASSES :: Sunglasses are obviously a must, year-round. I went on the hunt for the perfect classic cat-eye sunglass a few months ago, and these were the winner. Some other favorites here | here

5 | BRITT BASS IPHONE CASE :: You all know from my blog earlier this week that I am a fan of all things Britt Bass. Her newest iPhone cases are glossy, well-made and swoon-worthy! My phone is never without one of her fun and colorful designs.

6 | KENDRA SCOTT IVORY RAYNE NECKLACE :: This may sound strange, but I carry this baby in my purse with me everywhere when I'm not wearing it. Why, you ask? Because it's the perfect neutral necklace to throw on with anything from a tee shirt to a little black dress. I keep it with me so that I can use it for styling clients' outfits, trying on with outfits while shopping, and for throwing on if I change outfits or forget a necklace on my way out the door. It's always good to have an accessory like this on hand... you never know when you may need it!

7 | KATE SPADE COBBLE HILL WALLET :: The best basic, black wallet you'll find. It zips closed and keeps everything safe, has 12 credit card spots and multiple pouches. Not to mention it goes in any purse, year-round.

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8 | TORY BURCH THORA FLIP FLOPS :: Like many of you, I'm on my feet a lot during the day. Whether I'm in a client's closet or shopping with them, I don't sit down much. This is why I always carry my TB flip flops with me in case I need to throw them on in between {or sometimes even with!!} clients. They are dressy enough to where they don't look strange if you have to grab for them, and oh-so-comfortable. Not to mention, the perfect shade of tan

SHOP // planner 1 | planner 2 | planner 3gold notebook | dior lipstick | sunglasses | iPhone case | kendra scott wayne | kate spade wallet | tory burch flip flops

Spotlight on :: Britt Bass for K.slademade Clutches

Happy Monday! Who else is kicking off a short week today? We're headed to the beach with friends early on Thursday {6 AM flight seemed like a good idea at the time...} for some much-needed R&R. Speaking of those friends... today I'm highlighting a super fun and exciting product featuring none other than my BFF Britt Bass Turner. She is a super talented artist and her art is colliding with my fashion world in the form of a CLUTCH. I have followed K.Slademade for some time now, ooh-ing and ah-ing over her soft leather clutches in so many fun colors. 

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When they announced their artist series with Britt Bass Turner, I couldn't contain my excitement! Featured on this clutch is Britt's painting "Rocket Woman," which I just so happen to have hanging in my house. 

How FUN is this clutch? The colors are so dreamy.

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I paired it with this lilac top from LOFT and jean shorts for a casual, more dressed down look, and then with this black drapey Topshop dress for a night out. I love the pop of colors against both the lilac and the black. 

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So head on over to kslademade.com and snag one for yourself!

 

The Look For Less :: Embellished Sandals

TGIF! How 'bout kicking off the weekend with some weekend wear on today's 'The Look for Less?' 

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I have been crushing on jeweled + embellished sandals for casual summer wear, and absolutely LOVE  these Gemma sandals  {left} from Sole Society. They ring in at $64.95 -- not a bad price, but we can do better for a pair of sandals! 

 Sole Society Gemma, $64

Sole Society Gemma, $64

 Mossimo Belinda, $19.99

Mossimo Belinda, $19.99

Enter, these Mossimo Belinda embellished sandals {right} from, yep, good ole Target. They are about 1/3 of the price, ringing in at $19.99. I saw these babies on one of my weekly "quick trips" into Target and even went to another store just to find my size. You can now find them glued to my feet with everything from shorts and a tee shirt, to a maxi dress and more. They are super comfortable, the tan color goes with everything, and the best part? They don't look like they're from Target.

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Shop both //

Introducing :: The Summer Closet Refresh

Although the temperatures here in Atlanta have been telling us otherwise for some time now, summer officially began this weekend. So what better way to celebrate than with a Summer Special? Most people think about updating their wardrobes as the seasons begin to change; namely, at the beginning of fall/winter and then again at the beginning of the spring. Summer can slip under the radar with vacations, kids being out of school, and the busy-ness of life. Your wardrobe may not need a total purge or revamp in these few summer months, but we can all use a little refreshing and updating.

Enter, the SUMMER CLOSET REFRESH. This special includes 1 hour spent in either your closet OR 1 hour of personal shopping to refresh your summer wardrobe. If you feel you have a lot of summer pieces & staples in your wardrobe, we will use the items in your closet in new, different and more versatile ways. If you'd rather shop for some new summer staples that will keep you comfy and stylish all summer long, we'll head out shopping! The best part? It's only $99 {regularly $175 for closet + $150 for shopping}!

Not only is the Summer Refresh a great way to refresh your own wardrobe, it's a wonderful gift! Gift certificates are available, and I am also offering group shopping trips for this special. Grab a friend{s} and we will head out shopping! Refreshments will be provided and I'll show you my favorite summer staples for your specific body type, everyday activities and style preferences. But hurry, this special won't last long! Promo ends on July 4 {service can be redeemed at any date within 1 year of purchase}

To purchase online, click HERE. Or, simply EMAIL ME with questions / gift certificate purchases, or to pay via Venmo, PayPal, check or cash. I look forward to helping you get summer "refreshed" & ready!