Wedding Attire | 1 Dress, 3 Different Weddings

Wedding season has come and gone but I still feel like there is a wedding every weekend! Attending weddings can get very expensive so in order to save you some money, lets try to “repurpose” the same dress and were it 3 different ways to make it unique in its own way. This is also a great way to transition a dress you wore to a summer wedding into something you could wear to a fall wedding

The dress that I am going to wear 3 different ways is this simple navy blue lace dress from J.Crew. I actually got a super great deal on this dress but its retail price is actually $150. There reason I picked this dress is because of the versatility. I can dress it up & dress it down!

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So let’s get down to business!

We have 3 different weddings that we are attending. The first is a classic church ceremony with country club reception. The second is an outdoor ceremony with a rustic barn reception. And the third is a venue specific ceremony+reception combo at a certain location, like a museum or art gallery.

Wedding 1

So this is our classic church ceremony with a country club reception. With this wedding, we want to make sure that our attire is modest enough for a church ceremony but still want that classic look. With my navy blue lace dress, I am going to add a string of pearls, a classic nude pump, a neutral cardigan and a metallic handbag.

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Necklace: Vintage Pearls | Nude Pumps: Kate Spade New York | Cardigan: | Handbag:

Wedding 2

This is our outdoor ceremony with a rustic barn reception. With this wedding, we are looking for comfort. With this style of wedding, we can dress a little more casually since the dress code isn’t as strict. I will be pairing my navy lace dress with a pair of metallic sandals, light & easy makeup (in case of sweating outdoors), a larger handbag (to carry sunscreen, deodorant, perfume & tissues) and a classic bangle bracelet.

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Sandals: Jack Rogers | Handbag: Old Navy | Jewelry: David Yurman

Wedding 3

This wedding is our venue specific ceremony+reception combo wedding. With this style of wedding, we can go a little bit crazier with this attire. With the navy blue lace dress, I am going to pair a sparkly bib necklace, fun color heels, a neutral shawl/pashmina scarf and matching clutch.

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Necklace: | Heels: Christian Loubutin (Similar Here) | Shawl/Scarf: | Clutch:

So there you have it! One dress with 3 different weddings. The nice thing about this dress is that it can be worn all year round. You can add a blazer when its cooler outside or add a pair of tights and winter jacket. The key is to have a versatile dress that you can wear over and over.

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Blazer: The Limited | Tights: Nordstrom | Jacket/Cape: H&M | Black Pumps: Nordstrom

Hope this helps you with your next wedding!

xoxo

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Top 5 Essentials for a Road Trip

Hey guys! Welcome back! Today we are going to go over my top 5 essentials for a road trip.

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Ever since I can remember, my family went on road trips. We were always jumping in the car for a weekend trip for some sporting event or driving the 10+ hours to Disney World or to Hilton Head. 

I can honestly say I was probably in the car more than anywhere else. But thats okay! I loved it and wouldn’t change it for the world. This lead to me being a good traveler and always being prepared for anything when traveling. So it all works out in the end! HA!

So anyways, back to the road trip essentials. With all the traveling I have done, I figured out that you always need these 5 things… no matter what… 

Check them out here!

1. Water Bottle/Travel Mug

It is very important to stay hydrated when traveling. I always travel with a glass water bottle and a travel mug no matter how long the trip will be. 

These are what I use:

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2. Granola Bars

Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or with your family… travel with snacks. If absolutely stinks when you have to stop at some random gas station for some food or you don’t pass anywhere to eat for a while. My absolute favorite snack to travel with is a granola bar. They are much easier and not as messy as other snacks.

Here are some of my favorites:

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3. Yoga Pants

When you are stuck in the car all day (or for multiple days) you want to stay comfy! There is nothing worse than having to sit in the car and be uncomfortable. 

I always stick to a good pair of yoga pants. There is plenty of stretch in the legs and waist and I can basically do anything in them.

These are my favorites to travel in:

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4. Survival Kit

I can’t live without my survival kit. I keep it in my car at all times and I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I (or someone else) needed something from it.

This is what’s in my survival kit:

 Band-aids  Hair ties Mascara  Hand Sanitizer   Kinesio-Tape
 Chapstick  Sunscreen Tire Pressure  Knife  Flashlight 

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5. Music/AudioBooks

Creating a good playlist before you hit the road is vital. Or maybe you love listening to audiobooks – which I have just recently started doing. I always download a couple playlists from Amazon Music (make them offline so you don’t use up data) before a long road trip. I have also started downloading audiobooks  for when I get tired of music or I run through all the playlists.

Here are some of my favorite playlists:

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I hope that you liked these tips and I also help that they make your next road trip more enjoyable. If you have any questions or recommendations, let me know!

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September Book Club

Hello to all my fellow book readers! It is finally that time to release our next book for book club! For the month of September, we will be reading the novel The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.”

 In this novel, we travel back to France in the early 1900’s where we visit with two sisters, Vianne & Isabelle. Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. Where Isabelle,  a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searches for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.

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Review from Amazon.com

Kristin Hannah is a popular thriller writer with legions of fans, but her latest novel, The Nightingale, soars to new heights (sorry) and will earn her even more ecstatic readers. Both a weeper and a thinker, the book tells the story of two French sisters – one in Paris, one in the countryside – during WWII; each is crippled by the death of their beloved mother and cavalier abandonment of their father; each plays a part in the French underground; each finds a way to love and forgive. If this sounds sudsy. . . well, it is, a little. . . but a melodrama that combines historical accuracy (Hannah has said her inspiration for Isabelle was the real life story of a woman who led downed Allied soldiers on foot over the Pyrenees) and social/political activism is a hard one to resist. Even better to keep you turning pages: the central conceit works – the book is narrated by one of the sisters in the present, though you really don’t know until the very end which sister it is. Fast-paced, detailed, and full of romance (both the sexual/interpersonal kind and the larger, trickier romance of history and war), this novel is destined to land (sorry, again) on the top of best sellers lists and night tables everywhere.  — Sara Nelson

Buy the book here: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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What I Wore | Theme Park Attire

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I just got back from a trip to Universal Studios Orlando with a bunch of friends for a birthday celebration and on the plane ride back I started thinking…

“I wonder if anyone else overpacked for a trip to a theme park like I did?”

I had the HARDEST time trying to pack for this trip. First of all, I was just so excited to go that I just wanted to get there ASAP! But when I actually sat down to think about what I should pack, I struggled. What would be the best theme park attire? Do I want to go super casual with gym shorts and tennis shoes? Do I want to look somewhat decent and wear a pair of chino shorts and a cute top? Do I wear tennis shoes the whole time? Should I wear flip flops? What if I want to ride a water ride? Do I need to pack extra outfits? What if we go out to dinner and I need something fancy?

Yeah, that was overwhelming. It was even overwhelming to type up – I totally don’t want to have to relive that again. So that was all going through my mind while I was packing for this trip. And it wasn’t even a long trip! Just a quick 4 day/long weekend! I didn’t want to be ‘that girl’ and show up with 3 big bags and overpack – which I ultimately ended up doing!

SO ANYWAYS! On the plane trip back, I thought about what I though would be the best things for someone to pack when they know they are traveling to a theme park. I wanted to make sure that everything that was packed could fit into your carry-on luggage so that you have ONE suitcase & your purse/backpack.

There are 2 ways you can go with this – Casual & Super Casual. I ended up packing both styles and cramming it all into my suitcase (this is not recommended). Check out the different styles below…

Casual

Do you want to be casual but still look polished. Maybe you have reservations at a restaurant later on and need an outfit which is multi-functional (again, is that even a word?) This is what you should pack!

Shorts

I would pack 1 pair of jean shorts (they just really go with everything) and 2 pairs of “chino” shorts. Pack a functional work like khaki, navy blue, white or black. That way they can mix and match with the shirts you pack.

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Shirts

If you can stick with a shirt with sleeves. Tank tops are fun and all but if you have fair skin like me, sunburn can hurt any trip. I would consider packing a comfy & soft white tee, a striped tee and then a fun colored or print top.

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Shoes

Stick to whatever is comfortable for you. If you are comfy in your fav pair of jacks, go with that (although you may risk losing them on a roller coaster). I would say wear a pair of white sneakers – like the adidas stan smiths below, or a strappy sandal that has a back.

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Super Casual

So if you want to be super comfortable and relaxed or maybe you are enjoying the FULL park and want to experience EVERY ride or maybe it is just super hot outside and you want to stay cool, then this is what you need to pack.

Shorts

A great pair of gym shorts can go a long way. With this “style” you want comfort. I would pack a could pairs of gym shorts in neutral colors. I literally live in my black nike running shorts. They are comfy, dry fast (water rides, duh!) and basically match with any t-shirt. Alternative: If you don’t wear shorts, think about a pair of capri leggings or yoga pants. Remember, comfort is key.

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Shirts

Everyone loves a great t-shirt. I got a bunch of Harry Potter t-shirts from Target the week before I went on my trip but literally any shirt will do. Stick to the basics if you want to be functional but any shirt will do.

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Shoes

Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. You do a lot of walking. Like really. A lot. You don’t want to get an blisters or sore feet. Also, bring more than 1 pair. If you go on a water ride, they will get wet and you can’t guarantee that those shoes will dry before the next morning.

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What I Wore:

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(ignore my squinty eyes – the sun was crazy this day! oh yes, this is a Harry Potter graphic tee)

Shirt: Target | Shorts: Nike | Shoes: Nike | Hat: Nike

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(I wore this outfit on the plane down since we went straight to the park when we arrived.)

Shirt: Target | Overalls: Target | Shoes: Converse | Fanny Pack: Disney Special Edition | Shades: The Loft

 

P.S. I would have more outfit pictures but I did not take my cell phone into the park.

DISCLAIMER: Universal Studios now does not let you bring your cell phone or any other valuables onto roller coasters so it is just easier to leave it in the hotel room rather than having to rent a locker every time you want to hop on a ride.

 

 

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5 Tips to Sleep Better

5 Tips to Sleep Better

Do you struggle with insomnia? Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Do you just want to figure out how to sleep better at night? 

Some nights I just have the hardest time falling asleep (and staying asleep). If you don’t have this problem… let me just tell you one thing – IT STINKS! For those of you who share this problem… you know how I feel. After some time dealing with this issue, I knew I had to find a way to make it stop.

There are MANY different ways you can go about dealing with “insomnia.” I was looking for a route of alternative medicine so I did not go consult a “medical doctor” for help on this. Instead, I looked for ways that I could improve my sleeping habits myself from home.

This is what I learned…

Tip #1 Cleanse Before Bed

Now this cleanse isn’t like your typical juice cleanse. The cleanse I am talking about is a technology cleanse. Turn off the TV, stop watching Netflix, put the phone down and get away from technology for 1 hour before you want to fall asleep. This will help you clear your mind and also calm your eyes before bed.

Tip #2 Sleep in Specific Clothes

There is a reason why they make pajamas. Yeah it may be to make more money off us pajama lovers but in all seriousness (is that even a word?), you should always wear BED SPECIFIC clothes when you are going to sleep. Quit wearing the same t-shirts and shorts that you may wear working out, or the yoga pants you wear to Target. Your sub-conscious recognizes that these are “sleep clothes” and you will struggle more when trying to sleep. I always have pajama sets or nightgowns for bedtime. These are something that I would not wear anywhere else but bed. Try it out and see what you think.

Here are some pajama options for you:

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Tip #3 Essential Oils

Essential oils are BIG right now and I am loving it. I use essential oils for my daily health and recovering from cancer but one of the best things I use essential oils for is sleeping. Now let me first say that I am not an expert in essential oils but I know what works for me. The one essential oil I love for bedtime is Lavender. I either put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place it near my pillow or I put a drop on my finger and rub on my forehead. The scent of lavender is supposedly calming and helps you relax.

Tip #4 Take a Bath

Literally one of the most calming things I do at night is taking a bath. I love taking baths! I mean why wouldn’t everyone?! Next time you are having trouble falling asleep, make yourself a nice warm bath and relax. You can listen to some calming music, add some soothing bubble bath or put in a couple drops of the lavender essential oil. 

Tip #5 Meditate

Meditation is one thing that I am trying very hard to incorporate into my daily routine. I meditate sometimes but I am trying to get myself to do it every night. Meditation is not only good for your daily health but it is also good when trying to relax.

 

I hope these tips help you sleep better or even just help you relax! Take a couple of these tips and try them out. Let me know if you have an questions! 

If you would like to check out some more tips like this, check out my latest lifestyle posts here!

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All White with a Splash of Yellow

I am a big fan of wearing all white (and all black too)! Depending on how I feel in the morning, these two options are basically my go-to wardrobe. But during the summertime, all white is my go-to.

My favorite thing to do when going monochromatic is to mix in a splash of color somewhere. I like mixing in some bright jewelry, a fun handbag or a crazy pair of shoes.

This weeks post is all about wearing all white with a splash of yellow on my feet. Check it out below!

Peplum + Fringe

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Top | Old Navy   Jeans | American Eagle   Jewels | Target   Shoes | Just Fab

 

Eyelet + Floral

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Shirt | Old Navy   Shorts | Target   Shoes | Kate Spade New York

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ASK KD | Maternity Style

Q: What maternity pieces can I buy now that can transition with my growing belly?

A: I would suggest that you invest one or two basic dresses in a material with a lot of stretch. This will allow you to wear them at various stages in your pregnancy. Also, a neutral color will work for any occasion and any season. These dresses are also easy to change up with accessories. Another great piece would be an open cardigan. Whether you are pregnant in the summer or winter, you always need a classic cardigan. Check out some options below…

Bodycon Dress

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Maxi Dress

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Shirt Dress

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Open Cardigan

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TRAVEL | Blowing Rock, NC

I might be a little biased but I LOVE Blowing Rock. I love the town… I love the weather… I just love everything about it. There is so much to do there – for a small, mountain town – and everything is just so beautiful. If you ever have the chance to go… GO!

I thought I would make a little “travel guide” for anyone planning on going out to western North Carolina. Here are some things to do, eats and treats or my favorite hiking trails. Check them out below!

Things To Do

Hike Golf Camp
Go on a picnic Drive the parkway Go to Tweetsie
People Watch on Main St. Shop at Local Boutiques Go to the Outlets

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Hiking Trails

Rough Ridge Bass Lake Price Lake
Grandfather Mountain Mose Cone Manor Flat Top Fire Tower

 The hiking trails up here are seriously amazing. You have so many options – beginner to extreme expert – and there are so many different views that you can witness. You can take a hike around a lake or climb to the top of Grandfather Mountain.

Check out some of the hikes that I have gone on myself below…

 

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Price Lake

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Blue Ridge Parkway
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Eats & Treats

Bistro Roca Canyons Foggy Rock Sunny Rock
Mellow Mushroom Storie Street Grille The Town Tavern Woodlands 
Southern Comforts  Twigs  The Best Cellar  Kilwin’s*

* Kilwin’s is ice cream, chocolates & other candies! My go-to spot for something sweet!

There are so many options in Blowing Rock. You can have a casual dinner outside overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway or have a fancy 3 course meal. (Sorry I don’t have more pictures of places I have dined at!)

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Storie Street Grill

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One great thing about Blowing Rock is that it neighbors Boone – the town where I went to college. These 2 towns are only 20 minutes apart so if you want to drive a bit, there is so much more that you can explore.

If you have any questions or need help planning a vacation to Blowing Rock… let me know! You can email me at kerri@kerridice.com

 

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