Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Summer Nail Polish Picks

I absolutely LOVE having my nails done! I always feel so pretty when my nails are painted; I look more put together and professional, but still have fun pop of color. In the summer, I love trying new shades! This summer, I'm really into pinks, corals, and blues. Here are my top seven colors to try out this summer!

Color #1: Nude
For a streamlined look.

Color #2: Soft Pink
For a feminine look.

Color #3: Hot Pink
For a sexy look.

Color #4: Coral
For a Caribbean look.

Color #5: Turquoise
For a bright look.

Color #6: Soft Blue
For a seaside look.

Color #7: Cobalt Blue
For a bold look.

My polish picks:

Sheer Ecstasy by Sally Hansen

Soft Pink
At Least I Pink So by Nicole by OPI
Light Peach by Sinful Colors

Hot Pink
Peppy Le Fuchsia by Sally Hansen
Ali by Zoya

Orgasm by Nars
Snappy Sorbet by Sally Hansen

Timely Turquoise by Maybelline
Re-Teal Therapy by Sally Hansen

Soft Blue
Chalk Me Up by China Glaze

Cobalt Blue
Ship Happens by Defy & Inspire
Wild Card by Revlon

Which color will you be trying out this summer?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Summer Shopping Essentials

There are certain items in the summer that I wear all the time. White jeans, jeweled sandals, and sunglasses are stapes in my wardrobe. Today, I'm sharing all twelve of my summertime shopping essentials. We're about halfway through summer, so why not add some items to your closet?

1. Bright Statement Necklace
2. Wear-with-Anything Earrings
3. Jeweled Sandals
4. White Jeans
5. Off-the-Shoulder Blouse
6. Wedding Guest Dress
7. Neutral Satchel
8. Little White Dress
9. Tailored Shorts
10. Chucky Heels
11. Simple Sunglasses
12. A Basic Tee

Shop some of my favorites here:













What summer shopping essentials did I miss?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Bloom Workshop: Recap

It's been a year, almost to the day, since I attended The Bloom Workshop: La Petite Bloom in Holland, Michigan. It was two months before we launched Southern Magnolias, so Bethany and I were eager to learn as much as we could before joining the wedding planning world. This experience was so useful! Over the past year, styled shoots have become some of our most popular business, having organized four to date with another happening on Wednesday. The premise of this Petite Bloom was to teach the attendees about styled shoots, so it was invaluable to us. There were three separate shoots set up for us to photograph, along with a Q&A with the vendors and an information session about styling and submitting. Each time we've submitted, we've referenced what we've learned from this workshop - and it's worked every time! We've been published on Artfully Wed for our Jewel Toned shoot; Cake and Lace for our Bright Boho shoot; and in August, our Lush and Elegant shoot will be on The Perfect Palette. We're so proud of the work we've accomplished this past year and it all started with this workshop.

I'm so excited to finally show you the images that I took while at La Petite Bloom! I hope you enjoy them!

Vignette #1: Bright and Joyful

Vignette #2: Light and Lavender

Vignette #3: Soft and Natural


Vignette 1
Venue: The Felt Mansion in Holland, MI; Florals: BLOOM Floral Design; Invitation Suite: Sable & Gray; Bar: West Michigan Rental Company; Ring Box: The Mrs Box; Rings: Susie Saltzman; Bridal Gown and Jewelry: Spring Sweet; Cakes and Desserts: Holland Cakery

Vignette 2
Venue: The Felt Mansion in Holland, MI; Florals: The Days Design; Invitation Suite: Silver Fox Calligraphy; Chairs and Tabletop rentals: West Michigan Rental Company; Linen: Mrs Freund and Co; Ribbon: Adorn Company; Ring Box: The Mrs Box; Bridal Ring: Susie Saltzman; Bridal Gown and Jewelry: Spring Sweet; Cakes and Desserts: Holland Cakery

Vignette 3
Venue: The Felt Mansion in Holland, MI; Florals: Spring Sweet; Invitation Suite: Shine Wedding Invitations; Table and Chair rentals: West Michigan Rental Company; Tabletop and Glassware: West Elm Grand Rapids; Ribbon: Adorn Company; Ring Box: The Mrs Box; Bridal Rings: Susie Saltzman; Bridal Gown and Jewelry: Spring Sweet; Cakes and Desserts: Holland Cakery

To learn more about the Bloom Workshop and attend one in your city, click here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Recipe: Peach Wine Cooler

Have you ever sipped on a cocktail and thought to yourself, now this is summer? This peach wine cooler is that drink. It's sweet, a little tangy, and super refreshing! I hope you enjoy this cooler just as I did last night - sitting on your deck, watching the sunset. It was perfect! 

What you'll need:
1.5 cup peach wine
1 cup orange juice
1 lime
1 cup sprite
peace slices

How to make it:
1. Fill pitcher halfway with ice.
2. Pour in peach wine.
3. Add in orange juice.
4. Squeeze in the juice of one lime.
5. Add in Sprite.
6. Stir.
7. Add in thin slices of peach.

Tell me - where will you be enjoying this summer drink?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bible Verses to Inspire Your Quiet Time

quiet (kwahy-it) verb to calm mentally as a person

Waiting quietly in the Lord is not always easy. It can be hard to stop and be still when we live in such a fast-paced world. However, it's important. It's where we hear God and can meditate on His Word. It allows us to grow closer to Him, as well as a chance to be more like Jesus. Below are some verses to remind you of the beautiful benefits of spending some quiet time with the Lord.

Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still."

Job 6:24 "Teach me, and I will keep quiet; show me where I have been wrong."

Psalm 23:2 "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters."

Psalm 62:5 "Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him."

Lamentations 3:25-26 "The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

Amos 5:13 "Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil."

Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."

1 Peter 3:4 "Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."

To read letters A-P of my alphabet word study, click here.