So, I love a good maxi dress. For whatever reason, when I am shopping for dresses, I start with the maxi selection. It is funny though because I rarely commit to them. I feel like I have less opportunities to wear them I guess? I am not sure but I do always start there and end up with something else. With that being said, when we were prepping for our recent beach trip, I knew I wanted a good maxi to take with me. This was a weekend for JL and I to relax and have date nights, so I wanted to feel pretty...which meant starting with a maxi dress.
This day and age, technology has taken over. Trust me, I am 100% guilty of letting it take over my life as well so I am not throwing shade at all. Just making the statement that people tend to turn to their tech pieces before anything else. From texting, to the internet, to movies and even books, our phones have become that item that we cannot live without. With this new world of technology, one of the other things I feel has become a lost art is a handwritten letter. It is so easy to pick up your phone and shoot someone a text to say hi, ask a question, etc. Because it can be so instant, what is the purpose of sending a letter these days right? We want that instant gratification. We want the answer right now. Well, I am going to try to work on that "need" in my life (really working on my patience)...and it is going to start with a handwritten note.
Don't sleep on this overall trend. I have been loving the overall look but have been hesitant to commit to a pair. This linen pair from Free People though...they are pretty great. I love the loose, comfortable vibe and I love how they feel! I have worn them to travel, for casual days running errands and during our time at the beach! They are perfect for any occasional and are so easy to wear.
If you are an avid follower of 'Gracefully Taylored' then you have seen my recent beach excursions. We went down to Tampa in the end of June, then Jon Luke and I went to 30A for Labor Day weekend. I have to say, it is seriously my happy place. There is just something about having my toes in the sand, smelling that salty air...FAVORITE. Not sure if I have shared this before, but my dad's side of the family lives down in Tampa so I grew up taking vacations to see them regularly. I think that is how the love started. Not long after I was born, my mom and dad took me down there to see the grandparents...and the rest is history.
It is funny, but my friends say that 'blush' is my statement color. And I have never been much of a pink person, but I would say I have to agree. There is something about a subtle blush tone that I absolutely adore. From dresses to sweaters, I cannot get enough. Currently I am shopping for a trip to New York and I have yet to purchase one thing blush which is SHOCKING! (And I really think I need to change that!) Anyways, I do truly love wearing blush, especially at the beach. So for our recent trip to 30A, this dress was perfect.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was perfect and you were able to get some rest. If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, etc...I hope you are staying safe! I cannot believe this storm and I am sending prayers your way for sure. But on a lighter note, I am trying my best to get back in to the swing of things here. Does anyone else find it difficult to get back into work mode after the weekend? I know for me personally, sometimes I just need a break from the weekend. I try my best to utilize my Sundays and relax but sometimes that turns in to my day to actually get things done. I know that is terrible, but I am trying!
There are some places in this world that I could get lost in forever. Obviously I am a huge fan of Greece and Italy, but I recently discovered a little area called 30A. Yes, I just visited this quiet little strip for the first time during our Labor Day holiday, but I fell in love. I cannot get over how cute each little town was, and am crazy about both Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. The white buildings, quaint coffee shops and cobble stone like streets stole my heart in Alys Beach and I already want to go back!
Wow....I truly cannot believe that Gracefully Taylored is turning TWO today!! It seems like just yesterday I began this blogging adventure. I can still remember sitting on the couch with my sweet husband talking about this "dream" of mine. At the time (after about two years of wanting to start the blog) I was using the excuse that I did not have a name. I mean, that is extremely important and I wanted it to be right. But I wont lie, I was still scared of the commitment. It was a new relationship, first date jitters kind of thing. What if we didn't work out? What if it wasn't right? What if we didn't mix well? Then you have to bring the outside world in to it. What if people didn't like it? What if I fail? There were ONE MILLION questions going through my mind honestly. So many in fact that it was truly hard to focus on the potential good. But going back to that night on the couch, talking about the name...that is where it happened.
Well better late than never right?? I am FINALLY getting around to posting some of my favorite pictures from our trip to Florida back in June (insert the slap your face emoji). We took a day and decided to go sailing and it was SO much fun! I really is hard to disappoint me when there is sunshine and ocean air, but this really was a fun experience. Jon Luke and I have sailed before when we went to Greece last year, but this adventure in Florida was fun because we had the boat to ourselves and my dad was with us! Going back through these images definitely has me excited four our last beach rendezvous this weekend...I am just praying for good weather!
You know when you have your eye on something, but you pass because you are trying to be financially responsible? That has been the story of my life lately because we are trying to do better with our budget. Yeah...not my favorite topic but it makes my husband happy to know that I am at least trying to save. With that being said, I saw this dress in the beginning of summer and LOVED everything about it. I really wanted to add it to my collection but the little voice in the back of my head was not feeling it. Well good news!! Just recently I returned to the store where I first saw this dress and it was ON SALE!! Talk about a happy girl. I grabbed it immediately and am so excited because it's perfect. The fit, the color, the tie detail..I love it all.
Two weeks ago Darian and I took a weekend and went down to New Orleans to do some work and spend some time together. It was the perfect mix of shooting content for the blog, eating good food and exploring New Orleans honestly. We roamed for sure! (Stay tuned for a Graceful Guide to New Orleans!) BUT, while we were there, we were lucky enough to stay at the Catahoula Hotel off Union Street and y'all...it was AMAZING. From the staff to the decor, this place was no joke. I was a fan of this little spot before actually spending time there, but now I am already the planning the next time I can go back and stay!
Well, school is back in session and we have eight days until college football begins. Wait, WHAT?!? Seriously, where did summer go?? I feel like it was just yesterday that school LET OUT and I was planning trips to the beach with all my off time. Yeah well...so much for that! It is time to get back in the swing of things and get ready for the Fall season! I will say, I actually am excited to start breaking out sweaters and boots. There is just something about cooler temps and football on the television that warms my heart!
If you have been following along on social media, then you probably saw my recent trip to Alaska. My husband, his parents, sister, aunt, uncle and cousin (yep the entire fam) ventured through the Alaskan frontier for about ten days. Y'all, it was magical. There was so much beauty surrounding us, I had moments where I simply stood in awe. Our memories were ones that will last a life time and I promise we will have enough pictures to remember every moment. I wanted to provide you guys with some helpful tips in case you ever plan your own Alaskan adventure so keep reading to see more of our favorite stops!
It is really time to go back to school?? It is SO crazy to think that summer is pretty much over...I mean, where did the time go?? Well, I don't actually have to go back to class but in the spirit of everyone sending their kiddos back, or starting school themselves, I figured I would have a little "Back to School" theme to this post! I know it is not always the best time for the students (but an exciting time for the parents!), so why not make it a little more fun with your back to school wardrobe?!?
Camo is life. But seriously, I have grown up with this print, from the men in my family out hunting to hanging out at the cam, or even going to school in the south, I saw it often. Anyways, it's not new. BUT how it has made it's mark on the fashion world is and I love it! Being able to dress camo up, wear it with pink, or put it on for a girls brunch...I love how it looks! It's versatile, it's funky and it's growing in my wardrobe.
So if you have been following along on Instagram this week, you have probably seen that I have had a LONG week. Like...long week. Things have just been super busy and I feel like I have been non-stop since we returned from Alaska. I mean, two weeks home and I feel like I am still catching up! Anyways...I am so glad it is finally Friday, and am ready for a fun getaway weekend with Darian in New Orleans! I know it is more travel, but it is an easy drive and it will be fun to try new things in NOLA!
I have been fortunate enough to experience some exciting things during these 27 years I've been around. From skydiving to sailing the Mediterranean Sea in Greece, I have a list going that I cannot complain about. Recently during our trip to Alaska, I added a good bit to that list and I have to say this experience was one of my absolute favorites. Dog sledding on a glacier...BUCKET LIST. So we flew in to Anchorage, Alaska, then drove to Seward the next day. We were SO fortunate to have BEAUTIFUL weather (like crystal clear skies) so it was hard not to love Seward. Once we arrived, we walked around town and had lunch (I will go in to more detail later when I post the full guide to Alaska), but then it was time for our first excursion...a helicopter ride to a glacier where we went dog sledding. Yep you read it correctly. I mean, pure magic. Just check out these pictures.
Continuing from the post before...I love basics. Just easy really, I love easy. The blouse and denim combo from my previous post...classic look for work or play. A maxi dress or tee shirt dress...also an easy look that can go from day-to-night. I mean, lets be real. How many people love to get up EVERY day and plan an outfit? Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do love the act of putting pieces together and creating my own look, but others? I want to stay in bed so the first thing I can find (or the outfit I wore last Monday) might be what I end up wearing. SO...with that being said, I have begun to add easy dresses to my wardrobe because I can get so much use out of them. As I said before...sometimes I just need easy.
I love classic pieces. A classic button down, denim that will last me years, you name it. The thing that I love about this is that I can wear these statement pieces for multiple occasions. It makes me feel like spending the money was worth it, you know? But in all seriousness, there is just something about a crisp white button down that I love. It's clean, it's easy and it can be worn with just about anything. This is why the classics are a go-to option for me when shopping. But most importantly, I feel confident and ready for just about anything!
When is comes to summer, there are a few things I know I need to have in my closet. First, a good pair of white denim. You can never go wrong with white jeans in the summer. From cropped, to flared, I love breaking out my white jeans during the summer months. The white against my tan skin...I love it. Second, off-the-shoulder tops. This silhouette is one that I have become so fond of over the years. There is something about showing a little shoulder that just screams summer time to me and I love it. Finally, it is important to me to have a good summer handbag. Whether it be white, or a bright color, I tend to step out a little bit in the handbag department during the summer because, why not right? Having these summer essentials in my closet makes dressing in this Louisiana heat way more fun!