July Goals

If I had to describe June in a few words, it would be quality time with friends. I was definitely inspired by a series on friendship that my boss just wrapped up (you can download it all here!), and now that Dave and I are a bit more settled into our new routine, we put a lot of effort into making plans and connecting with people we care about. We’re super blessed to have some wonderful new friends here in North Carolina, and we also tried to catch a few long-distance friends on the phone to catch up. I love this reminder about the importance of strong friendships in the Bible: “Two are better than one…If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). Here’s hoping July will include some more of the same!

summer-picnicCallie Davis via Southern Weddings

June goals:

1. Celebrate one month of marriage!!
2. Blog twice a week. 
3.  Run three times a week. – I’m counting this as a work in progress–I missed a few runs due to travel, but am proud of the runs I did go on! 
4. Research places to get my wedding dress cleaned (Triangle friends, any suggestions?) and bring it in.
5. Take a weekend trip to Virginia to visit my BFF and her husband. Yay!
6. Officially change my name!

July goals:

1.  Drink a glass of water every morning before work.
2. Work through the 28-day challenge in the Tone It Up book.
3. Finish writing our wedding thank you notes.
4. Invite someone I don’t know very well out for coffee.
5. Choose (and start) three books to read this summer. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!

Five Looks: Fourth of July

Just under the wire, here’s a little bit of outfit inspiration for the Fourth of July! Whether you’re headed to the beach, a barbecue, a parade, or just your apartment pool, a little bit of denim, a few stripes, and a pop of red go a long way for this patriotic weekend. Have a good one! :)

southern-weddings-fourth-of-july-outfitsDave and I! Similar wedges here. (By Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography via Southern Weddings)
classy-girls-wear-pearlsClassy Girls Wear Pearls in Camilyn Beth
design-darlingDesign Darling in Krass & Co.
gal-meets-glamGal Meets Glam in StyleMint (similar here)
southern-curls-and-pearlsSouthern Curls and Pearls in Topshop

Summer Movie Party

As much as I love planning the details when I’m throwing a party, things sometimes happen that are out of my control–and in the case of our rooftop movie party, that thing was rain! Thunder started to roll about an hour before our guests arrived, so Dave and I scurried to clean our apartment (one benefit of a small space=quicker cleaning time!) and set up inside. We were originally sad that a handful of the people we had invited couldn’t make it, but relocated to our cozy living room, it ended up working out for the best! We had a wonderful time snacking on homemade salsa, drinking spiked lemonade, eating s’mores bars, and enjoying sweet conversation with our friends, and it was so much fun hosting as a married couple for the first time!

The other unexpected part of the party? We all got so caught up chatting, we forgot to watch the movie! Dave and I ended up changing into our pajamas and snuggling up to watch it ourselves after all of our guests went home, so I figured it was still okay for me to call this post “Summer Movie Party” :)


Summer Rooftop Movie Inspiration

Dave and I love our cozy little apartment, but there are two things that we really wish were different about it: 1. The fact that there is only one closet in the whole apartment, and 2. Our living area is not well-suited for entertaining. If you’re a longtime reader, you may already know how much I love planning and throwing parties, so as Dave and I got settled in and summer rolled around, we found ourselves itching to have people over. The solution? Invite them up on the roof! We recently discovered the rooftop patio at our apartment complex, so tomorrow, we’ll be lugging our TV, speakers, popcorn, and our new drink dispenser up there for a viewing of The Sandlot! Here’s some of the inspiration I pulled for a summer rooftop movie party.

Summer rooftop movieClockwise from top left: Belathée via coco+kelley, Remodelando la Casa, Southern Curls and Pearls, Oh Happy Day, She-N-He via Camille Styles, Love Katie + Sarah via Ruffled, unknown

I have all my fingers crossed that this works out and solves our entertaining space problem! And if you have any tips for entertaining in less-than-ideal spaces, I’m all ears :)

Five Easy Updos for Summer

Anyone who knows me knows that I am most definitely a “hair down” person–always have been, and probably always will be. I love having long hair, but during the summer, I admit, wearing my hair down sometimes makes me feel like I’m wearing a scarf. Early last week, when I checked the weather forecast to see a string of triple digit days, I decided to give myself a little challenge: wear a different updo for every day of the week. While I felt a bit unlike myself wearing my hair up at first, it certainly was more comfortable on those hot days, and I had fun getting a little creative! My requirements were that each style had to take under five minutes, not require any heat styling tools (who wants to wrangle a curling iron in the middle of summer, anyway?), and be somewhat unique. Here’s what I came up with!

something-pretty-top-knot-with-braidTop knot with a braid: After making a high ponytail for a normal top knot, I braided a small section, secured it with a clear elastic, and pinned it around the base of the bun.
something-pretty-ponytail-with-headbandPonytail with a headband: No explanation really needed, but I love how a beaded headband kicks a regular ponytail up a notch. Mine is from Anthropologie a few years ago–I also love this one and this one.
something-pretty-princess-twistBanded chignon: This style was fun to wear because it looks much harder than it is! I followed this tutorial, but didn’t curl my hair beforehand.
something-pretty-french-side-braidSide French braid: Again, not much explanation needed! I did my hair like this one day when I was working from home and then heading to the gym. I started with a deep side part and then very loosely French braided my hair across the top of my head. This style would also be perfect for the pool or beach–no tangles!
something-pretty-braided-low-bunBraided low side bun: I wore my hair like this to church on Sunday–it’s just a fishtail braid pinned into a low bun. My hair is so heavy that low buns often fall right down, but the braid (and crisscrossed bobby pins) helped it stay in place all day.

Do you have a go-to summer hairstyle? I’d love to hear more ideas! :)