Closet Staples // The Pieces Worth Splurging On

When it comes to shopping, I am typically a girl on a budget. You know, the girl who walks straight to the back of the store to find the clearance racks while not allowing herself to even glance to the side on the way there. However, there are certain pieces that I will always believe are worth the extra dollars. As I have gotten older [and so much wiser, obviously ;)] I have learned that there really is a difference in the durability, quality, and longevity of certain items and that sometimes paying more up front equates to paying less over the years. Today I thought I'd share those pieces that are worth the spend in my opinion. 

All of the pieces below came from Nordstrom as I love their big ole selection of women's contemporary clothingaccessories and shoes and I also appreciate their always FREE shipping and FREE returns, especially when I am making spendier purchases. Having that safety net not only gives me peace of mind when ordering an item [or ten] but also tempts me to try some pieces that I may not have otherwise. 

With all of that being said, here are my "worth the spend" pieces that will leave you satisfied for years to come!  

1. A classic handbag 

There is nothing better than a quality handbag that is going to last forever and ever. Bags go through a lot of wear and tear so when you can find one that will not only stand up to the abuse that we put them through but also look absolutely adorable in the process, well that is worth it to me my friends.
When deciding on a bag that you know you want to have around for awhile, I would suggest sticking with neutral colors that you can pair with just about anything. I am obsessed with this new Kate Spade bag which has all of the classic colors - tan, black and white.

I like a bag that is going to hold everything necessary [including my laptop] and that can work well when traveling. This one meets both of those criteria so check, check and done! You can view a ton of other options here!

2. A classic pair of denim

Girls, jeans can be your best friend. When you find that pair of denim that not only fits you amazingly well but feels and looks amazing too, it's like the clouds part and the sun always shines on you. Basically. When spending a good amount on a pair of jeans, I want them to be in a wash that I love and are great basics that can be worn year round. As much as I love distressed jeans, I typically save the spend for the classic non-distressed skinny jeans. I recently have fallen in love with FRAME denim [specifically this pair]. A great pair of jeans can you last you nearly forever and with as much as we wear them, it's so worth finding [and buying] those pairs that you know will be in style for years to come. Side note - try not to wash your jeans that often and always air dry to keep them around for longer yet!

3. A classic pair of nude heels 

Nude is the new black. I own these exact ankle strap sandals in four or five colors now, that's how great they are. I love the classic look that nude can add to any outfit, it's always an understated accessory that can go a long way in completing any look. Sam Edelman is one of my favorite shoe brands as I find all of his shoes to be super comfortable and mighty durable! Shoes have most definitely become my biggest investment as I get older. Our feet and comfort are SO worth the extra dollars in my opinion.

4. A classic everyday tee

Last but not least, a classic everyday tee. I will always be willing to spend a few extra dollars on a tee that I can rock every day of the week if my heart so desires. It has to be soft, has to fit like a charm and has to hold up after wash after wash. This one does just that! 

It's amazing how these four basics can pull together to create such a classic, feminine, chic look. 

What are your items worth the extra spend? 

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Red, White and Blue - 4 Looks For The 4th of July!

It's no denying that summer is flying by and before we know it June is going to be another month crossed off the list and we will be head first into July. If you are anything like me, July is the best month of the year [mostly because it's when my birthday falls but also because of things like sunshine, warmth, concerts, boat rides, beers and of course - 4th of July]. When it comes to dressing for July, three colors shine above all else - red, white and blue. To ensure we are all properly equipped for the holiday I have rounded up four different looks for your 4th of July festivities, all from Macy's, all at a great price. Whether you are attending a pool party, an outdoor cookout or a casual evening gathering, there are looks for all occasions. If you haven't shopped recently at Macy's, my team and I have been going hog wild there lately -- SO many adorable items at affordable prices. I love that they offer free shipping + free returns over $25! Alright, let's get started...

Look One // Seaside Soiree 

I think there is a reason why it is called seersucker - because I am an absolute sucker for it. This dress is absolute perfection when it comes to all things white and blue. Add a fun pop of red with your shoes and you are ready for any waterside party. 

Look Two // Casual Cookout 

 Similar Shorts  [true to size] // Vince Camuto Seanna Flat Sandals [true to size] 

For those hot summer days, you need something cool to wear as you beat the heat. My go-to is a pair of shorts, lightweight summer top, and comfortable sandals. This bright blue pom top is less than $25 and these Vince Camuto sandals are so fun for summer! Add in a pair of white shorts and you are all set and ready to roll! 

INC International Concepts Popsicle® Off-The-Shoulder Top [true to size, wearing in small]  Similar Shorts  [true to size] // Vince Camuto Seanna Flat Sandals [true to size] 

Look Three // Poolside Party 

Dotti Tulum Striped Cover-Up Shirt [size down, wearing in small - needing it in XS] 
American Rag Krista T-Strap Flat Sandals [true to size]

If you are headed to a pool or lake to celebrate the holiday, a festive cover-up should most definitely be on your list. This shirt is perfect for staying covered up while remaining relaxed. Add in some strappy sandals and you'll be set! The only thing you need is a drink in your hand and you are good to go.

Dotti Tulum Striped Cover-Up Shirt [size down, wearing in small - needing it in XS] 
Look Four // Firework Festivities 

There's just something about a classic lace top and scalloped shorts that make any outfit look polished and a little bit preppy. As you head out to your evening firework festivities, you want to look the part while wearing something that suitable for blanket sitting.

And there we have it - four 4th of July looks for you to rock in just a few short weeks! Which one are you loving most? Be sure to check out Macy's for your summer fashion needs! 

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Disclosure: Thank you to ShopStyle and Macy's for partnering for today's post.



Our Trip To Nashville + What To Wear To Country Concerts!

Last weekend Shawn and I ventured off to Nashville, TN for our 3rd, 4th or 5th [who's counting?!] trip to CMA Fest. For those of you who don't do abbreviations very well, that stands for Country Music Association Festival. Translation - 4 days of nonstop country music with every artist under the sun playing both day and night. Because we have been several times before and have learned how exhausting it can be to do both the day concerts along with the main acts at night, we decided to take a less exhausting route this go around. This makes for a much happier Erin and Shawn. It also makes for a few days poolside with a Cerveza in hand. 

Let's walk through the weekend quickly shall we? I'll be covering where we stayed, what we ate [obviously the most important part], what I wore while there along with a ton of other options at the bottom of the post. Several of you have been asking for outfit inspo when it comes to summer concerts so have no fear, I've gotcha covered you little country queens! 

Alright, first things first -- we ventured off with four of our other friends (2 sets of couples) and we all stayed in different areas/hotels, as it turns out booking a room is quite expensive and almost impossible during CMA Fest. This left us a little scattered, but still turned out perfectly! We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express Vanderbilt, mostly because we had a few free nights to use up so it made the most sense. Great location, don't love the hotel. One of our friends stayed at The Courtyard by Marriott Green Hills, which we have stayed before and loved. The location is awesome [right next door to a fabulous mall and not far from downtown] and the hotel is newer and nice! Totally recommend! This is where we spent our pool days! The other couple planted their roots in Franklin for the weekend which they totally loved as well!

Thursday we left the hotel around 9 am and got back to our room around 2 am, which you could say kinda makes for a long day. It was on this day that we decided to join the masses downtown, hit up the free concerts on the riverfront, partake in a little bar hopping, boot buying, enjoyed an amazing lunch at The Southern, and feasted our faces off with some Italian food at Mafiaoza's for dinner. The first night of the main acts consisted of Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and more. Here's a few pics from that fun-filled day...

One of my favorite parts of the trip was meeting some of YOU! It makes this whole blogging thing so much for fulfilling when you get to meet the readers face to face so thank you for saying hello! And I gotta say, Y'all are some cute little ladies!

For the day activities, this was the outfit I went with. You know what they say, gingham makes the world go round [or maybe I just say that, but regardless it's true] -- 

top [true to size, wearing in XS] // shorts [true to size] // sandals [true to size, a little on the narrow side but stretch with wear] // crossbody purse // earrings // strapless bra  

When changing for our evening shenanigans I settled on the most comfortable lightweight [yet not sheer] dress and sandals. If there is one thing you need to keep in mind for concerts it's comfortable shoes. Screw the heels or wedges, flats all the way baby! The first evening was quite cool so the jacket was a must! This is my favorite denim jacket just FYI - I've owned it for years and it gets softer with each wash! 

dress [if in between size down, wearing in XS in red persimmon] // jacket [true to size, wearing in small] // sandals [size up .5] // similar necklace

The next day we found ourselves at a mall because my beloved husband forgot to pack his shirts. It turns out when you lay out your clothes the night before leaving and decide to hang them all together in your closet for you to grab the next day, you will forget and wind up in another state with nothing but tees to sleep in. Needless to say, he scored a few new pieces because of this [well played]. The rest of the day was spent poolside which is where I would prefer to be alllllll of the time. This maxi dress took me from the mall to the pool and Whole Foods in between. 

maxi [true to size, wearing in small] // sandals [50% off, true to size] // similar sunglasses // purse

For dinner, all six of us met up at one of my favorites, Pinewood Social. If you go to Nashville go to Pinewood Social! Also, the burger - amazing. 

Another cooler evening meant more jeans and a longer sleeve top. Whenever you can go to Nashville in June and not have it be hot and miserable I highly encourage going. The weather was the best it has ever been!

top [true to size, wearing in small] // jeans [true to size, so comfy!] // sandals [size up .5] 
Shawn's shirt [50% off] // Shawn's jeans // Shawn's shoes - his favorite! 

my friiiiiiends - also, super cute how the boys are ombre.

Saturday was our last day there so once again, we saddled up at the pool with all of the Chipotle possible along with the cutest beer on the planet.

Back out for another night of dinner [this time at Saint Anejo] and more concerts - Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini and the list goes on! I was lucky enough to meet a few more of you! I turned to this vibrant green dress to take in the last night out on the town along with the most comfortable sandals to ensure I could bop around in my spot without a problem!

dress [true to size, wearing in XS] // jacket [true to size, wearing in small] // sandals [30% off, true to size] // necklace // clutch

Back home on Sunday and still tired. These dogs think it's fun to wake up in the 5:00 hour every morning so that's awesome #not. To wrap up the post I have a few more outfits that I've worn recently to other concerts that you may want to consider if you've got somewhere you need be! Cheers to singing your hearts out while looking darn cute doing so!

top [use code DAD for 20% off] // shorts [true to size] // sandals [true to size] // similar bag 

dress [true to size, wearing in small] // sandals [30% off, true to size] 

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Official Office Reveal // Come On In!

blazer [40% off, true to size, wearing in small] // dress [true to size, wearing in XS] // heels [true to size]

It has officially been two months now since claiming an office space and today I thought it would be fun to formally introduce you to our home away from home and place for all things LIY! A question I receive every once in awhile is "why an office when you could work from home?!" which is a great question, however, if you are any bit as ADD as I am OR have a strong desire to leave your house on most days that end in Y, it seemed necessary once I decided to make the switch to blogging full-time. The thought of never having a place that I needed to be [or could be] kinda scared me and made me all antsy inside. With the addition of two new team members and an overflowing closet, it also made sense to have a space for both people and things to gather. I couldn't be happier with the decision that I made to rent a space and it really has done wonders for establishing some type of schedule for myself as I navigate how to do this whole work for yourself thing [believe me, which isn't always as glamorous and easy as it sounds]. 

The office is inside of an old historic building in our small town and is packed with lots of character which makes showing up for work not so dreadful. The best part is that there is both a cupcake AND cheesecake shop within the same building so yeah, it's not a place to visit for losing weight. Our space is a perfect size for us to all be able to get comfortable while small enough to keep us all within talking [or singing] distance. When deciding what I wanted the office to look and feel like I decided that I wanted it the least amount of office-y and the most amount of home-y as possible. That meant lots of comfortable seating, light colors, an oil diffuser [obvs] and coffee, lots of coffee. When it came to furnishing the space I hit up Hayneedle, HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, Target, Wayfair and a few local furniture stores as well. Basically, I hit up alllllll of the stores. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably already seen lots of bits and pieces of the office, but if you don't, or you just want to see it in more detail, this post is for you! Come on in, LIY welcomes you....

 table, baskets, succulents - HomeGoods // sign, arrow, hello, light up marquee - Hobby Lobby

When you first walk in you are welcomed by the cutest mint TV console table [who said you can't use a TV stand for an entry table!?] and punny marquee. Make a right and waaaa-la! You have now entered the "take off your shoes, slip into some slippers, make a cup of coffee and stay awhile" zone. We like this zone. 

The coffee bar happens to be my favorite piece in the office as it's a one of a kind treasure that my dad found in his antique shop. I love the industrial piping and then we simply added the shelves! This is most definitely the first stop of the morning and is frequented throughout the day as well. 

mint Keurig [on sale] // treat yo'self light up sign // but first, coffee sign [on sale] // coffee mugs - Target // electric kettle [boils water for tea in like a minute, it's awesome]

Now that your cup is full, join us at the table [warning - this is where the work and eating, lots of eating, happens]. When choosing a table I wanted something that Joanna Gaines would approve of so it only made sense to buy something from her Magnolia Home line [found at Value City Furniture]. To complete the set, I went with a little unconventional route for the chairs. When I saw these striped chairs I knew I had to have them. Not only are they super comfortable but they are super chic as well. To lighten things up and keep it a little more on the casual side, I went with these mint metal chairs on the end to add a pop of color. I couldn't love more how they turned out together! Who knew that combining farmhouse, industrial and modern chic could all blend so well. Now we know ;)

rattan wall mirror [on sale] // floor lamp [use code HOME for 15%o off] // mint throw - HomeGoods // shag rug [in off white]
monogram coffee mugs - HomeGoods

I decided to add a TV in the office, not just to watch The Ellen Show every day at 4, but to also be able to use Apple TV and make our laptops one giant projector which has been awesome when working together on projects. The whole Ellen Show is an added bonus. 

table -  HomeGoods

No office would be complete without an egg chair, so an egg chair it is! Hands down my favorite place to sit in the office! So comfortable does a great job in the aiding of writing blog posts.

white egg chair in corner - TJ Maxx 

Because it would be a crime to not have a full-length mirror for all of those professionally shot mirror selfies [wink], I found this bad boy at a local furniture store and it's a beaut! Not only does it provide a great place to take outfit pics, but also as the residential "do I have food in my teeth!?" spot after lunch! Multi-purpose, I like it. 

top [true to size, wearing in small] // blazer [true to size, wearing in small] // pants [true to size]  heels [true to size]

Last but certainly not least, the couch area. I knew I wanted a pop over against this white wall and if there is one color that screams pop to me, it's pink. I couldn't believe I found this couch for less than $300, but I did and I snatched it up quicker than you can say "add to cart." I gotta say, for under $300 [and the fact that we had it together in less than 3 minutes] it is pretty comfortable and gets the job done during those times when you really just want to sit and do nothing.

couch [under $300!] // sign 

It also makes for great photo opps with the team ;) 

We do have a small little room in the back of the office which doubles as the kitchen and closet. Unfortunately, I believe that area was a little bit of a disaster zone during these photos so at the moment I won't be sharing that space with you but stay tuned, I most certainly will [mostly so you can see our incredibly organized snack drawer - it's the stuff dreams are made of]. 

Now that you've been given the almost complete tour, it's time to see your way out - we've got work to do [and by work I mean it's time for another cup of coffee..] Until next time...peace out and come again! 

pineapple rug [10% off]