One Outfit, Three Ways

We took some basic Fall wardrobe staples and styled them a few different ways.  All we ultimately changed was the accessories in each look, which goes to show you can have a little in your closet go a long way.  We have a an at-the-park-with-the-kids look, an everyday casual look, and a date night look.   The foundation of each outfit consists of skinny jeans and a white tee.

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Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, work-from-home mom, working mom, or any other category of mom out there, comfort usually comes before style.  But that doesn’t mean it has to come without style.  This outfit takes the basic jean + white tee to the next level.  And bonus! The turban means you can also look fly even though you haven’t had time to get a haircut or even just wash your hair.

 

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Lunch with girls? (I don’t know why this is funny to me.  I guess because how many of us actually have lunches with the girls unless it’s planned months in advance for a specific reason?  Maybe we should write a whole post just about how this is kinda sad) Throw on a leopard cardigan and a minimalist statement necklace and you’re set.

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For date night, add a black blazer, some black heels, minimalist gold dangles and a silk tassel.

Here’s the deal.  I’m pretty sure you have the right clothes in your closet.  Maybe you can’t find them because you have too many (I know that’s real because I’m so guilty of that).  Or, you just had a baby or you gained or lost weight and your clothes fit weird.  All of those things are so real.  I’m trying to show you that you can grab or find a few things and make what you have work.  Change up the accessories and shoes and you’ve got three completely different looks.

Am I chasing the right dreams?

One of the things I love most about summer is kind of the chance to jump off the treadmill of schedules of pickups and drops off and all of that.  As summer has been winding down, I feel like I have been in the mindset of wanting to start off the new “year” with some practical rhythms for being intentional in goal setting.

Over vacation I read a book about chasing your dreams.  I loved the book but when I finished, I was left with this frustrated feeling I couldn’t put my finger on.  Then I realized, I haven’t met my goals and my dreams are too big. 

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As a kid growing up, we are taught to chase our dreams and “you can be anything you want to be.”  I feel like the intention is well-meaning and can be true to some degree, but for someone like me that can be a frustrating mindset.  I am naturally a dreamer, and over the last few years with becoming a mom and being a business owner, I have begun to think that maybe I can’t set my mind to be anything I want to be, but I can set my mind to be who I was made to be.

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Not all of us can be astronauts.  It can be super discouraging, for someone who sets the bar really high, to not achieve your goals either in the timing that you want to or maybe ever.  I tread very lightly here, because I am the first person to create bucket lists and set high goals and I have spent a majority of my life dreaming big.   

As Racheal and I have been growing our business, we are nowhere near becoming multi-millionaires, we never made it to Shark Tank, we didn’t break the internet with our fame (yet…jk).  Do we have goals?! Absolutely!!!  We even have big ones.  BUT, we trust the plan of what will happen with our business.  We know ourselves and we have people in our lives to help remind us to stay true to who we are.  We seek wisdom daily, through prayer, through friends & family and through people who have walked in our shoes and are maybe a few steps ahead of us. 

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If we had a world full of astronauts who would make music, write books, teach kids, heal sick people, run the country, you get the point.  I believe that we are each something to be grown into.  We have in us a maximum potential of greatness that is one-of-a-kind.  We aren’t going to get there by doubting ourselves or comparing to the person next to us.  We are going to get there by looking inward and questioning, “what am I made to be?”

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Racheal and I dream of Wild Juniper growing and continuing to be a source of income, but more than that, we dream of connecting to people.  Whether in store, online or through social media.  We LOVE people.  We LOVE you guys.  We dream of being ourselves (which most often is a mess) and we dream of staying true to that.

As we enter this next year, we will jump back into the grind of working hard, but I am hopeful to continually self-reflect and grow more and more into my maximum potential.  As a mom, a wife, a friend, a volunteer and as a business owner.

Here are some questions I am going to be asking myself this year as I start new routines and rhythms. (and you have permission to keep me in check. :))

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what we talk about on date night

college babiesI always joke with my husband that I was the first to ask him out.  We met in college and I immediately fell hard for him and while waiting for him to finally tell me his feelings, I worked up the guts up to ask him to a service sorority formal (where the girls ask the guys).  After all of that work, it ended up being canceled due to a snow storm.  I think he knew by then that I was into him and he asked me out on a date.   

Fast forward 11ish years and 3 kids later, we still love to date each other.  I’ve learned that it doesn’t always have to be planned out or anything fancy, our main goal is to reconnect and come back together.  We have a few favorite date night places but when it comes down to it our purpose is to spend time talking and knowing what’s happening in each of our lives and hearts.

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If you don’t plan for it it will never happen, right?!  With a never ending schedule of events we started planning date night into the calendar.  After the sitter comes and we fly out the door leave for our date night it is real hard for me to switch gears and shut out the stresses of real life.  I’ve learned if you want to ruin your date night, talk about work and kids.  Although those parts of our lives are so so important to us, those topics would sometimes trigger stressful landmines that were just not helping us reconnect in this set aside time for just us. 

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We are NOT experts on marriage in any way.  We have been thankful to bump into people with all sorts of marriage experiences and journeys.  One tool we came across, through our church, when we first got married was to ask each other open ended questions to kind of gauge where each of us were at that moment.  We honestly use it almost weekly (not just for dates, also good for those smaller & slower moments.)

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Our friends also gave us these fun question cards that we will pull out a lot of times or bring with us.  A lot of them are cheesy but once you get over what you think you already know about your partner, it is a good segue into some fun conversations.  I wasn’t able to find these exact ones but these are from the same institute and look perfect for date night!

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We love open ended questions because they usually lead to more topics and dust off the surface of what has piled onto our lives, in order to get to what is really going on in each of our hearts.  We do often end up talking about our kids and our jobs and all of the things that make up our lives, but starting off with a curious heart can create a safe place to come back together. The whole point being to reconnect and grow closer.  

-Erin

 

Pool Bag Essentials

Summer is here, and I’m not going to lie, I basically live my life for it.  Give me all the hot days in the sunshine over snow and freezing cold any day. That probably comes from the many, many hours I lived in a pool growing up.   

5FC2B8BC-5A56-4F5A-A1EB-835A049CBA3FWhen I was little I was all about swim team and the thrill of being a part of the competition and the long meet days of braiding friendship bracelets while waiting for my race.  I also loved the middle school days of fun dips, tanning oil and boy crushes shared between friends on the plasticy lounge chairs.  High school summers I would spend lifeguarding, where I learned to love sitting in the sun for hours on end and just being present.  Even to this day, the smell of chlorine is one of my favorites because it brings with it a flood of memories: fitness, personal growth, chill time, friend time, and freedom of the structure of life to just practice being present.  It’s my oasis. 

We all have pool memories, and with the heat of this season we head to the pool for a little relief and hopefully a good time.  This summer I hope to make some new “pool” memories with my kids, with friends and maybe even just a little time by myself. 

Here are my beach/pool bag essentials this summer:

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Sunglasses – I’m into the Cat Eye frames trend right now. These UV protecting darling lenses were a Target find.  I like the gray tortoise shell coloring.  They bring an easy style upgrade to my pool-hair-don’t-care look.

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Round towel – Everyone needs a pool/beach towel, why not have a little fun with it and make it a round one?  This tropical one is fun but still simple.  This one is microfiber and will absorb water more quickly.  I really like the tassel fringe edges.

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Headphones – I don’t always get to pool time by myself, but when I do I’m all about the podcasts or a good spotify playlist.  

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Book – My summer reading list is growing quickly, which may be a little too zealous.  This “Where’d You Go Bernadette” one has been on my list since this spring.  I hear it is being made into a movie starring Cate Blanchette.   

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Water Bottle – A year ago I got hooked on this water bottle that my sister recommended to me.  I have since bought another. Let’s be honest, I don’t drink near as much water as my mama told me, but this helps.  I love having a straw, for some reason I’m more likely to drink more water if it feels like a to-go cup.  The best part about this water bottle is when  you remove the straw it seals shut, so I can throw it in my purse without any leakage.  It is a must have for me.

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La Croix – These have become my go-to drink.  I am usually a fan of the coconut flavor, but this Kiwi Watermelon makes me feel like I’m summer vibe-ing.  And it goes great in my fancy water bottle.

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Sunscreen – I’m working on being a more responsible individual, and with that comes things like taking care of yourself and avoiding sun damage.  I like that it’s not super oily and I can apply it under my makeup.  Lavender makes me happy.

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Instax Poloroid Camera – My husband gave this to me as a Christmas gift and I have loved taking it for little keepsake photos to hang on the fridge or keep in my wallet.  It makes that little moment with friends or my kids that much more special and memorable.  We like to always take two pics: one to keep and one to give.

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Turban – I wasn’t kidding about my pool hair.  I resemble something somewhere between a wet rat and a drippy mop.  This turban not only covers the hot mess that I am, its super cute and I always get compliments on it. We make these here in our shop and have them in all the colors and many fun, bright prints.  My summer go to is this bright coral twist turban, especially for its full coverage.

I hope your summer pool time is calling.  Grab your favorite goodies and bring on the slower and memorable days of summer!

-Erin

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boho meets minimalist

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this new boho minimalist leather tassel necklace.  I love a standard go to “flare” piece. This necklace is a subtly stated upgrade to any outfit.

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We like the mocha paired with a loose underlayer and long sweeper or sweater.  Neutrals on neutrals on neutrals.

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Check out our latest fall collection colors.

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a classy statement piece.

Looking for a statement piece that goes well with lots of things? We love this black tassel glass beaded necklace.

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We love this tassel necklace. It’s a classy crystal & black Czech glass beaded necklace with dark gray glass settings and a black genuine leather tassel. The length of the chain measures 36″. The tassel hangs 3 1/2″ long. Modern. Chic.

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We like it best with jeans and a white blouse or dress shirt.  It also looks really pretty with bolder solids, like fuchsia or royal blue!

 

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Here’s a look at some of this weeks featured items.

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This coral statement necklace is beautiful. It is made with aqua mint, red coral and antique white Czech glass in gold plated wire wrapped settings. It is on a delicate gold plated brass 18″ chain. Coral is rare and timeless, yet enhances the everyday outfit. Throw this necklace on with a white t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans to add a natural beauty to your everyday look or pair it with your favorite cocktail dress for a chic night out.

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This adorable headband has a mustard yellow felt flower and a turquoise center. The black and white striped ribbon just finishes everything off! The design is attached to a super soft and comfortable black satin band.

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These dangly earrings are composed of fire polished turquoise tinted stones with gold plated finely etched dangles. They hang approx 3 1/2″ long.  Turquoise is rare and timeless, yet enhances the everyday outfit. Throw these dangles on with a white t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans to add a natural beauty to your everyday look.

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A turquoise jersey knit is made into a turban headband. Perfect for those days that you just don’t feel like doing your hair. Roll out of bed, throw your hair up and slip this turban headband on. It’s also great for working out!

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