The Stocking Stuffers You Didn’t Know You Needed

    YAYYY for Christmas time rolling in hot! Over the weekend, I polled you guys on what you wanted to see first as far as gift guides. This guide won as the first one I’ll post this holiday season and I’m so excited to share with you! I’ll just hop right in… here are the stocking stuffers that you didn’t know you needed (feel free to send this link to Santa!)

    1 // Spanx Leggings: I’d like to just go on record here and YELL that you can roll these bad boys up and stuff them in the stocking with plenty of room to spare… Kkkkkkay den! (if i happen to capture a male reader here, your wife/gf/sister/mama/etc will LOVE YOU for this purchase). *I ordered my normal size S.

    2 // Wine Wipes: Do I even need to explain why this is necessary?!

    3 // Mai Couture Highlighter Paper: This actually came in one of my monthly beauty-subscription boxes a couple of years ago and I’ve been obsessed with them since. It’s literally makeup on paper… talk about easy. You just swipe it across your face and body where you want highlighter and boom! Great for travel.

    4 // Ugg Socks: they’re warm, they’re cute and they have pompoms

    5 // Auto Shut-Off Safety Outlet: BUY THIS RIGHT THE EFF NOW! I can’t tell you how many times I leave the house and wonder “hmm, did I cut my curling iron off” and turn around to go check. PROBLEM SOLVED. You set the timer for it automatically shut off after a certain amount of time! Genius, I tell you. Help me help you.

    6 // Measuring Tape: Throw this in your purse and stop googling “how many arms equal 12 inches”… Plus, it’s really cute and comes in other colors/sayings

    7 // Lanolips: This is the most moisturizing lip balm in the history of the lip balm. Thank you @skinbyblair for introducing this into my life. It’s around $20 but it’s worth every single penny!

    8 // Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Nude Lipstick & Lipliner Duo: I got this last Christmas and it’s one of my favorite combos to date! AND so much cheaper to buy it as a duo! If you follow CT on social media, you pretty much see every celebrity with a pulse sporting these gorgeous nude lips and we can have them too!! They sell out a lot so grab them while they’re in stock.

    9 // Teleties. Scrunchies. Clips: you can never have too many and you can go without these

    10 // Phone Holder Mount for Car: Perfect if you use your phone for GPS

    11 // Wireless Earbuds: Great for a run, for chilling, for podcasts, for music, for life. I need these sooooo badly. SANTAAAAAAA, meatloaf! I’m also linking the Airpods that I got Brett for his birthday this year because he uses them every. single. day!

    12 // Ghost USB portable power bank: Y’all, it glows in the dark!!! I repeat, it glows in the dark. A ghost that glows in the dark while it charges my dead ass phone. I can’t.

    13 // Wet Brush: game changerrrrr

    That’s all for now, folks! What’s the best part of all of this?! The prices are soooo affordable. What do you think of this gift guide? Let me know in the comments below. I love love love your feedback!

    *FULL DISCLOSURE UP IN HURRRR: If you shop through any of my links and check-out, I earn a small commission from that sale (thanks SO MUCH to all of you that do!)


    Joshua Tree: Whisper Rock Ranch

    Joshua Tree in August… a bucket list trip that I was finally able to mark off! For years now, Joshua Tree has been on my radar… probably partially thanks to following Nikki Reed and her desert/acro-yoga escapes, haha! I mean, who doesn’t want to just go EXIST in the middle of the desert?!

    There’s certainly no shortage of unique, incredible places to stay in the area BUT we landed at Whisper Rock Ranch, an Airbnb up the mountain. I started following them on Instagram over a year ago and when they had availabilities open up in August, I basically booked that very second.

    I went with two of my girlfriends and we flew into Palm Springs, which is roughly an hour away. We stayed one night in Palm Springs; more on that here. We rented a Malibu sedan from the airport (long story HAHA), but I certainly recommend an SUV if you’re going to Pioneertown/Joshua Tree. Just trust me. Nevertheless, we drove that baby up dirt roads to Whisper Rock Ranch.

    Things around Whisper Rock Ranch you’ll want to do:

    1. Stop at Vons grocery store in Yucca Valley and stock up on groceries and WATER. I can’t stress the water enough. We did not grab enough and had to go back into town. No joke, do not underestimate the amount of water you need to drink. And when you think you have enough, just double it to be sure. Kay?
    2. Pappy + Harriet’s: Mark off one night to go grab a drink and/or food here. They always have incredible live music (look at their calendar online) and it’s pretty much a hole in the wall that’s known to have celebrities pop in quietly on the reg.
    3. EXIST: Do less. Do nothing. Our favorite parts of the trip were the simplest things… sunrises/sunsets, jamming out music by the pool, yoga/working out on the patio, read a book, hike around, have dinners outside, and just hanging out.
    4. Palm Springs is an hour away should you want to go do something a little more busy with your day. Ideas here.

    There’s a recap of our trip and a walk-through of Whisper Rock Ranch on this IGTV video here and there’s a highlight tab on my Instagram from our trip here. I can’t accurately put into words how amazing our trip and stay was. It was the perfect oasis for 3 tired mamas who needed a little reset and recharge. Can’t recommend enough! Bucket list for sure!

    Airbnb: Whisper Rock Ranch

    Forever 21 Try-On Haul

    Hey guys! The try-on haul is over on my Instagram stories. You’ll find sizing/fit information there. I’m linking everything here to hopefully make it a little easier to find and shop. Below are the Forever 21 pieces that I tried on and several others that I love, too. At the bottom, I’ll also link what I wore to complete each outfit in my IG stories. As always, thank you so much for letting me be a resource to you! 🙂

    All links below. Just click on the pictures.

    Below are the items that I wore in the try-on that aren’t Forever 21. I love my Madewell jeans and my OTK boots are 40% off right now with code PREFALL (make sure to read the size chart; I’m a size 9.5 in boots and have size 41).

    September Top Sellers

    1. Amazon Prime sunglasses: They look like a $250 Karen Walker pair of sunglasses; these are $13 with almost 500 5-star reviews. They have been the #1 bestseller for 2 month in a row on the blog. // Wearing here
    2. Polka dot blouse: we all went after this one, apparently! I ordered it in a small. It’s 50% off
    3. Aerie sports bra: SO so comfy! Runs small; size up! 50% off right now
    4. Aerie sleep tee
    5. Amazon prime snakeskin swimsuit: $23 prime; wearing M here
    6. Sneakers: on sale for $52.50. They come in black and pink, too!
    7. Amazon prime double-O ring belt: $15 prime // Comes in tan, too // (I wear this belt ALL the time; I have size small; wearing it here)
    8. Combat boots // Also love this pair // 15%+ off with code FALLTREAT
    9. Madewell thread wrap tank: on sale for $20 and the best fabric; several colors available
    10. Rainbow striped sweater: $22 wearing Medium here // You can also spin for a discount code right now on their website

    Coachella Desert Style

    Who doesn’t love a good photo shoot in the desert with your girlfriends?! HAHA! We took these pictures one evening during our stay in Joshua Tree and I am in love with the way they turned out. I’ll be sharing more about our Airbnb later this week, but I HIGHLY recommend a trip to the middle of the desert once in your life to just exist!

    Now, my dress… Have you ever looked at a piece of clothing and knew immediately that you had to have it? That’s exactly how I ended up with this maxi. It’s one of those dresses that I purchased without having a specific occasion that I needed it for… just a “heart eye” check out. I first saw Caitlin Covington wearing something similar in Greece and I knew it’d be gorgeous to wear in the desert on our Joshua Tree trip. It’s so perfect for festivals, concerts, the beach, engagement pictures, honeymoons and vacations. The dress itself is two pieces… the bottoms are high waisted shorts and the top is a bustier (hello Selena) where the mesh hangs floor length from. This is the exact dress here and I’ll link several similar maxis below.

    Hairstyle: c/o Molly Gee and there is an easy tutorial here for you to recreate this look on yourself!

    Palm Springs Travel Guide

    Last week, my girlfriends and I made a trip to California. We had a day/night in Palm Springs before we traveled to Joshua Tree (blog post coming soon) for the rest of the trip, which is only 45 minutes away. There was so much to do and see in Palm Springs that we ended up coming back one more day to see more. If you’re considering a trip, Palm Springs has sun shiny skies and would be perfect for a weekend getaway! *Note that it is HOTTT this time of year, haha! We hit highs of 116 while we were there, but it’s a different kind of hot (compared to Mississippi humidity hot). Anyways, jumping right in…

    The Sands Hotel & Spa

    Where to Stay:

    There is certainly no shortage of incredible places to stay in Palm Springs. There are so many boutique hotels in the area that are unique and super affordable. I think that’s one of the reasons why Palm Springs is such a “doable bucket list trip”. We stayed at The Sands Hotel & Spa and I recommend this hotel 1 million percent. There’s a whole blog post on it coming soon.

    King’s Highway Diner at Ace Hotel

    Where to Eat &/Or Drink:

    1. Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn: We had lunch here on the outside patio and loved it! They’re known for their nightly entertainment and Sunday Night Jam. Check out the lounge area inside and the bathroom wallpaper.
    2. King’s Highway Diner: Located at the Ace Hotel; there is also a bar there, too (tour around the outside of Ace Hotel if you have time; super cool)
    3. The Pink Cabana: This is the restaurant located at The Sands Hotel & Spa. Top 5 best steaks I’ve ever had. Amazing service. Extraordinary cocktails! So much charm. A must visit!
    4. Norma’s at the Parker Hotel: do breakfast or brunch here and tour the grounds if you can; we only saw the lobby, but it’s beautiful!
    Moorten Botanical Garden

    Places to Visit:

    1. The Saguaro Hotel: This is the colorful hotel that you can’t miss. Fun fact: the 14 colors painted on this hotel reflect the wildflowers native to the desert there. We had a drink at El Jefe, the bar in the front of the hotel, and then checked out the pool/courtyard area.
    2. Cabazon Dinosaurs: these are the ginormous concrete dinosaurs that you’ve seen in movies like Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. It’s a roadside attraction and there is a gift shop inside Dinny the Dinosaur.
    3. The Windmills: check out my blog post dedicated to them here.
    4. Moorten Botanical Garden: the world’s first and only cactarium. They are family owned and they’ve been there for 64 years now. This is a must see!
    5. Downtown Palm Springs: walk around and see the hollywood stars on the sidewalk. There’s also plenty of shopping, museums and local shops to visit.
    6. The Pink Door (please read): I’m only mentioning the pink door because it was recommended on a ton of blog posts that I read before getting there. BUT after more research, it’s a private residence and the owners do not want visitors coming to take pictures (super understandable). The neighborhood has a ton of gorgeous homes, architecture and beautiful doors if you want to drive by and admire; that’s what we did.

    Here are some things recommended to us that we didn’t have a chance to visit and see. I also recommend doing some research on your own because I do feel like this list kinda scratches the surface to the incredible gems that Palm Springs has to offer. All the more reason to make a trip back soon 🙂

    1. Ice Cream & Shoppe
    2. Joshua Tree National Park (give yourself half a day here to explore)
    3. Salvation Mountain and slab city: you’ll also pass the Salton Sea

    There is a whole highlight on my Instagram dedicated to Palm Springs and videos of our trip and all of these places located here. If you have any additions to this list, please leave a comment for all of us to see!

    Palm Springs Windmills

    Working on a full Palm Springs recap loaded with some amazing places to visit and photograph, but couldn’t NOT give these windmills a post of their own. When I was doing research on what to do and where to visit in Palm Springs for our trip, I saw a picture of these windmills on Instagram and knew we had to check them out.

    The windmills are all over the place so you can definitely get the angle/shot that you want, but you may have to drive around looking for the perfect spot (or do some research ahead of time). We only had one day in Palm Springs before traveling to Joshua Tree, BUT I would have loved to sign up for this windmill tour if we had more time on our hands. The reviews are great and the guides tell you more about the windmills and renewable energy in the desert.

    LOCATION: These pictures were taken close to the Jack in the Box off of I-10. We just pulled over on the side of the road at the intersection of Indian Canyon Drive and Palm Springs Station Road. (You can watch my IG stories on Palm Springs here.)

    Best of Labor Day Sales

    Quick roundup of all the awesome sales happening right now for Labor Day:

    1. Anthropologie: extra 50% off sale
    2. American Eagle: 25-60% off everything
    3. Aerie: 40% off (YESSSSSSSSSSS; BUY ALL OF IT)
    4. ASOS: up to 40% off new season styles
    5. Abercrombie: 50% off and free shipping over $75
    6. Boohoo: 60% off everything
    7. Madewell: extra 20-50% off sale styles with code SEEYA
    8. Nordstrom: up to 40% off select styles
    9. Kendra Scott: 20% off everything
    10. Wanderlust + Co: 30% off this weekend with code WCOTURNS9
    11. Baublebar: up to 80% off AND 15% full price purchase with code SUNSHINE
    12. H&M: 30% off, 20% or 10% off + free shipping with code 3418
    13. Forever 21: 30% off everything with code LABORSLAY & extra 60% off all sale with code ADD2CART and free shipping on orders of $21+ with code FREESHIP21
    14. Goodnight Macaroon: 40% off everything with code LABOR19
    15. Loft: 40-50% off “almost everything” with code LONGWEEKEND
    16. Urban Outfitters: extra 40% off all sale items
    17. DSW: 20% off everything with code YOURPLACE
    18. Sole Society: up to 70% off select styles
    19. Target: 30% off bedding and bath, 25% off Who What Wear
    20. Express: 40% off everything (and 50% off jeans)
    21. ModCloth: 30% off full price and 50% off sale with code LABORYAY
    22. Pink Lily Boutique: 60% off sale tab
    23. Gap: 40% off everything and extra 50% off sale with code DAYOFF
    24. Gap Factory: 40-75% off everything and extra 15% off with code MORE
    25. Free People: 25% off sale styles
    26. Old Navy: 50% off all dresses jeans & tees on sale
    27. Banana Republic Factory: 50-70% off everything + extra 20% off with code SUMMERSALE

    Happy shopping! I’ll keep adding to this list and updating as the weekend goes on and I see more sales!

    Beautiful Beige Dresses

    Happy humpday, y’all! It has been a hot minute since I’ve done this type of outfit-highlight post, but it’s truly one of my favorite things to do and share. Sadly, this gorgeous dress has already sold out but I’ll let you know when/if it gets restocked. I’ve been obsessing over the details lately (the bows, the feathers, the material, the simplicity, the cut, the fit) so I’m sharing a whole roundup of unique dresses that caught my eye. They’re all stunning beige/cream/white dresses… perfect for brides, rehearsal dinners, showers, parties, events and everything in-between. Happy shopping, friends! Thanks for stopping in 🙂