FROM THE BLOG:
1 – Booties, Booties, Booties!
I tried ALL THE BOOTIES (…well…most of them, anyway 😉) in search of the perfect pair of low-heel ankle boots, and I reviewed each pair on the blog this week with source links! All budgets, all styles. Which one is your fave? Click [HERE] to see!
2 – Pumpkin Harvest Dining Room Reveal
What’s a harvest table without a harvest…a PUMPKIN harvest, that is?! Check out the entire dining room with all those yummy copper and navy touches [HERE], plus I’ve linked as many sources as I can! This might be my favorite fall look yet…what do you think?
4 – Capsule Wardrobe CHEATS!
I’m revealing the biggest holdup for people as they consider trying out capsule wardrobes and my solution for us. 🙌🏻 I’m excited about this change, and you can check it out [HERE]!
FAQ’s THIS WEEK:
1 – Vintage Copper Mugs…where can I find these?!?
Okay guys, after searching high and low for a set of vintage Baker, Hart and Stewart copper mugs, I posted my find on Instagram along with a few links to Etsy shops that still had some…you guys sold them out in minutes!! 🙀 Since then, I’ve had so many messages from people trying to find a set, and, lucky for you, one of my buddies is hosting a giveaway for one lucky follower to win a trio of vintage copper mugs! Click [HERE] to find out how to win!
2 – The plastic surgery question.
You guys would be amazed at some of the messages I receive in my DM inbox over on Instagram…😳😂 I can’t help but just giggle at the personal nature of some of them (and I get it! It truly feels like we’re all besties over there from far away. That’s what I love about IG!), and whenever I post a full-body shot or chat about “four babies in five years, baby weight, yadda yadda,” I always get a handful of tentative yet persistent questions wondering if I’ve had a tummy tuck or a “Mommy Makeover.” While it’s techincally not really anyone’s business, neither are the other multitudes of TMI topics I overshare on IG stories, so meh. What the heck. 😂
The answer is no, I haven’t had a tummy tuck or any plastic surgery. Just the choice I made for right now. I have no big feelings either way. There couldn’t be LESS feelings, honestly. Because of some back-to-back (to-back-to-back…😳) pregnancies, and thus pregnancy-related chronic health issues, I considered a procedure that would retighten my busted stomach muscles, but in the end, I decided to wait. I literally could not care less what anyone else does. Like, not even kind of. I have people in my life who have had procedures and some that have not, and I support whatever the crap y’all want to do. I know it’s a touchy subject to some in certain circles, but I refuse to participate in body shaming…on either side of the issue. YOU DO YOU, MAN!!
Now, to answer the follow-up question, I will say that genetics (I’m the freak of the family…taller than all the women by a head and a lot of the men 😳😂), a lifestyle of exercising faithfully (even during pregnancies), burning calories through LOTS of years of nursing, and food allergies that prevent me from eating anything fun (😩😂) have all played a part in helping me maintain, ahem, things. 😉 I don’t really care all that much about a number on a scale; I want to FEEL good, FEEL strong. I keep a realistic weight range for my body type/build/genetics in mind usually, but, honestly, I’d rather weigh MORE because of muscle mass and LOOK how I want to look, than obsess about a smaller number. Plus, I want to LIVE my life!! I want dessert sometimes (all the time…). I want a half glass of wine at night sometimes. I heart fried things. Worth a little fluff, yes? 😉 I’ve worked really freakin’ hard to get strong and healthy four times after four babies, but…there’s so much more to life than weight and worrying about it. SO much more. Anyway. That’s kind of where I stand on post-pregnancy procedures (DO YOU!) and weight issues, etc.
(And listen, man. I don’t care what size you are…things ain’t the same after babies, no matter how much you suck and tuck into ‘dem jeans. ✋🏻😂 Learning to work hard to be strong and healthy AND be proud of what my body did has not always been easy…but it’s a good way to accept and celebrate the new normal while endeavoring to LIVE life and live it healthily….at least most of the time. You know? Anyway. Deep thoughts. The end. 😉❤️ Oh…and never underestimate the power of a perfectly drapey front-tuck…😉 Click [HERE] to see my technique.)
3 – What’s the deal with this Outlander series you keep talking about?!
Let’s get to the good stuff….season 3 of Outlander premiered last week!! 🎉 I can’t stop shouting it from the rooftops (okay…Instagram stories) how much I love these books and the accompanying TV show. Big love. Big. So well written, so well researched, lots of adventure, characters you truly fall in love with as they fall in love with each other, and it’s a love story about married love and keeping it strong! Most love stories end at the altar, and I am a big fan of following these characters into the AFTER. 🙌🏻 Anyway, please read these books. Check a review or two first (there’s a bit of Sexy Times and some graphic detail during war in there. If that offends, then maybe not for you. 😉) If it IS for you, let’s be BFF’s!! I love talking about Outlander to anyone who has a clue what I’m saying, so let’s discuss already!! 😍
4 – The nail polish from Instagram stories is….
…Essie Gel Polish in “Pre-Show Jitters”– I’m loving it! It’s a gel polish that doesn’t require a lamp. I have a whole kit that includes a lamp that I use with other real deal gel polishes, and, while the real thing does last about two weeks with no chips, this stuff does a pretty darn good job of making it a full week! That’s asking a lot of a polish not cured with a LED lamp, so I’m sold. I’m excited to try a few fall colors next!
Hope you buddies have a great weekend, and I will see you all next week for some more Cotton Stem fun!
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