How to Throw a Socially Distanced BBQ!

How to Throw a Socially Distanced BBQ!

Fourth of July is right around the corner. A holiday filled with family friends, yummy food, delicious drinks and fun fireworks. While it will probably look a little different this year, I imagine that barbecues will still happen along with family get togethers and fireworks viewings. It is not crazy to think that after months of quarantine, people will want to get together with the people the care about. While getting together with others can be risky, thinking through ways to make the get together as safe as possible is a step in the right direction. Here are a few suggestions for how to make your barbecue just a little bit safer!

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Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

It is hard to believe that Independence Day is only a week away. While the holiday will certainly look different this year, there are still some traditions that may be able to remain. I love hunting for the perfect Fourth of July outfit each year. Figuring out what best portrays my style, shows some patriotism, but isn’t too cheesy. I inevitably google and search Pinterest for inspiration, but will ultimately go with what feels right. I thought I would put together some ideas for outfits I think would be just perfect for the holiday!

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Friday Five | Porch Picks

Friday Five | Porch Picks

As we are finally starting to gear up for summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I have been thinking about how I can give our patio a little refresh. I love that we have a covered porch, so really despite the weather we can be outside, but once it gets sunny and warm, that is the only place I want to be! We are starting to prepare for a remodel to our house and our deck getting moved, so I have been challenged to find things that can easily be moved to the new set up! Such exciting stuff!

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Styling Your Capsule Summer Additions

Styling Your Capsule Summer Additions

I have to admit that summer clothes are some of my favorites to shop for and style! They are so pretty, colorful and fun to wear. I had so much fun coming up with summer outfit options with the different pieces that are included in this capsule. Because these are additions the the main capsule wardrobe, you will see those pieces included here to show how versatile they are!

White Tank. One of the most versatile pieces in the capsule, this top can be dressed up or down, layered and can go with almost anything. This tank with some jean shorts and sandals or sneakers are a go to summer outfit for me.

Summer Additions - White Tank Graphic

Colorful Blouse. I love that this blouse can really show your personality and sense of style. I love this one because it can be more casual with jean shorts or a little dressier with a great skirt. On a colder night it could also be worn with white jeans!

Summer Additions - Colorful Blouse Graphic

Blue & White Tank. I love a good blue and white top. To me it is the perfect way to instantly elevate an outfit and makes me feel just a bit more put together. This top is definitely a bit more dressy, but could definitely still be a bit more casual with jeans and slides.

Summer Additions - Printed Blouse Graphic

White Button-Up and Tee. This are from the main capsule, but can easily be paired with jean shorts for a more casual look or your neutral skirt for a more dressy look.

Summer Additions - White ButtonUp Tee Graphic

Striped Tee. One of my favorites from the original capsule! I love that it can be paired with all three of the bottoms from this addition. It also pairs great with the slides from this capsule!

Summer Additions - Striped Tee Graphic

Sleeveless White Blouse. Another top from the main capsule, that can be easily paired with each of the bottoms from this capsule. It instantly elevates a pair of jean shorts, while toning down the neutral skirt a bit.

Summer Additions - Sleeveless Blouse Graphic

Printed Blouse. Along the same lines as the colorful blouse from this capsule, this blouse can be paired with any of the bottoms to make the perfect summer night out look.

Summer Additions - Long Printed Blouse Graphic

Tan Sweater & Chambray Button-Up. This probably seems like a bit of an untraditional addition to a summer capsule, but can be great in certain climates. I live in Washington and wear long sleeves and sweaters year round, so I had to include them!

Summer Additions - Chambray Tan Graphic

Dresses. My favorite easy outfit will forever be a great dress. Adding a lightweight solid color dress is great for running errands or sipping wine on the porch on hot summer days. A fun, printed dress is great for a summer party or date night.

Summer Additions - Dresses Graphic

I hope these give you some great ideas for your summer wardrobe and how to put together some cute and approachable outfits. Summer is such a great time to play with colors and patterns and have fun with your outfits. What is your go to summer outfit? Until next time, friends… CML

Summer Additions Graphic

Educate Yourself | Read

Educate Yourself | Read

Last week I shared a list of things to watch that illustrate many of the issues that have been brought into full view in the past few weeks. This week I am focusing on things to read. Because it takes a lot longer to read a book, rather than watch something, I have yet to read many of the things on this list, though I hope to. Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list of books or articles or blogs to read. Rather, it is the list of things to read that I have found so far.

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How to Plan a Honeymoon

How to Plan a Honeymoon

I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was actually planning our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved planning the wedding but it was just different. There were times when it feels like you are planning the wedding for other people. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all have expectations of what your wedding will be. And realistically, they are all coming to this event for you, so it is kind to keep  them in mind when planning. But, the honeymoon. The honeymoon is different. The honeymoon is truly just for you and your special someone. I love traveling in general, so this was even more fun.

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Refreshing Summer Cocktail

Refreshing Summer Cocktail

I have been experimenting to create the ultimate summer cocktail. Something that is light, refreshing and a little bit sweet. Something that can be sipped at weekend brunch or at an evening garden party. I love drinks like this, but they can be hard to find at a restaurant or perfect on your own. Because we don’t know when restaurants will be opening up, I decided it was time to take summer cocktails into my own hands.

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Setbacks

Setbacks

I knew when I started my journey toward wellness I would experience setbacks along the way. I would have great days that I was completely proud of and that made me feel fantastic. I would have other days that did not make me feel good and like I could have made better choices. I knew things wouldn’t be perfect and I knew I would stumble. My goal from the beginning was not give up when I did experience those setbacks. To let those times be just that, setbacks, not the end of my journey. Having come out the other side of my first setback, I am proud that I have not given up and that it isn’t the end of this journey for me.

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Capsule Wardrobe | Summer Additions

Capsule Wardrobe | Summer Additions

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I loved putting one together and posting about it a couple of weeks ago. The one thing I have I have always struggled with in relation to the capsule wardrobe, is that I love seasonal clothes that really exemplify that season. The fun earrings in summer or sturdy boots in winter. But there are items that I wouldn’t necessarily put in a true capsule wardrobe because they can’t be used year round. So I decide to create my basic capsule wardrobe, then create mini capsules each season to add in fun seasonal pieces that may not work other times of the year.

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