Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hug Your Mom Tight

 I keep seeing posts, commercials, and photos for mother's day coming up this Sunday and it's making me so sad. My mom has been gone two years now and as much as days have been easier, there are still moments when missing her hits me hard.

My niece is graduating college this weekend so my aunt from Virginia came to visit. My other aunt lives in Savannah so I went over with the kids last weekend. My mom always loved getting a chance to hang out with her sisters. Something felt so void when I was over there. I miss them sitting in the kitchen going on about Lord knows what and laughing, eating and cooking.

Ava and Lily still talk about grandma and I make sure to remind them we are visiting "grandma's sister" so they remember my mom.

I told Ava last night how much I missed grandma and wished I could spend Mother's Day with her. She looked at me with her innocent eyes and said, "let's bring her some flowers and we can spend time with her". My sweet girl.

We often take our moms for granted. Like they will always be there. I never would have imagined I would lose my mom as soon as I did.

So hug your moms tight. Tell them you love them. I know I wish I still could.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

First Savannah Instagram Meet-Up


I have been wanting to host an Instagram meet-up in my home town city for awhile now. Two years ago I started small and invited local Savannah IG'ers to meet-up for brunch. It was great because I got to meet my now, Instagram bestie and fellow blogger, Megan (of Being Mrs. Fowler).



We have remained close since the brunch often meeting up for coffee dates and we have been so supportive of each other in helping to build up our blogs. We have even more in common now since sharing our pregnancy journeys and having two adorable babies!


During one of our many coffee dates we threw around the idea of hosting an IG meet-up here in Savannah. Savannah is the hostess city of the south after all and we think it would be a great place for us gals to gather. To make the meet-up worth the travel, we are working really hard to make the weekend special.


First, we want everyone interested to mark their calendars for the weekend of July 22nd-24th!


We have reached out to our local vendors and we are so excited to say we have had great success so far for putting together door prizes, swag bags and more! We can't wait to share with you all what we have in store!


The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 22nd: Welcoming Event at Kendra Scott Savannah to include sips and sweets and door prizes!

Saturday, July 23rd: Day at Tybee Island Beach, explore historic downtown/shopping and possible social activity in the evening

Sunday, July 24th: Brunch at Soho South Café and departure



Even if you can only make one day, we hope you all can take part in our first ever Savannah Instagram meet-up. Please send either of us an email or comment below with your email address and we will keep you in the loop with hotel accommodations and other event details.


Follow along on our Instagram accounts ( @glitterandjuls and @beingmrsfowler) too, for all the details, as we have them to share!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Levi's Milestones: Session 1

I love that photographers offer milestone sessions. It's such a great way to capture all the big moments in a baby's life. I'm not sure why I didn't do it with Ava & Lily.


Levi recently shot his first of 4 milestone sessions last month. He's at the stage where he can hold his head up well when he's on his tummy and he has discovered his piggies. 



I scheduled the shoot on a day I knew my whole family could take part. The shoot was meant to capture mainly Levi but our photographer, Dusti, is great about including siblings and parents. 


I'm sharing a few of my favorites from the session.
















I definitely recommend the milestones session! It will be awesome to see the progression once we are done. You can check out this package at The Art of Birth Photography. Dusti Stoneman is wonderful to work with! 

DIY Donut Sequin Beach Hat





The summer is coming which means pool days and beach days are upon us! But the sun can be punishing and beach hats are essential for keeping those sunny rays at bay. I've learned to cover up more at the beach and pool because as much as I love a good tan I know skin cancer risks are no joke.



I've loved Eugenia Kim's straw beach hats with cute sayings on them since they started to pop up last summer. I never realized how pricey there were though. I just can't justify paying $485 for a hat so what's a girl to do? DIY-it of course! Thanks to Nicole of What Nicole Wore posting her photo of her donut sequin beach hat on Instagram, I was inspired to make one for myself. I love donuts so I immediately gravitated towards this project! 

Today, I'm sharing with you step-by-step instructions so you can make your own sequined letter straw hat.

Supplies needed:
Straw hat
4 yd. single strand sequin ribbon (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
pom-pom trim (found at Wal-Mart)
scissors
hi-temp glue gun and glue sticks
donut sequin (linked below)
pencil (optional.. I started to use it but it was not easy to write on the straw hat)


I plugged the hot glue gun to get it ready. As it was heating up, I used the sequin donut applique as a guide to start my first letter. Once I laid out the letter "d" on the hat how I wanted it, I cut the ribbon and used the hot glue gun to secure it in place. It take a little patience as your are gluing. I did a little bit at a time.



I unraveled the sequin ribbon as I free handed the rest of the word, do"nut". Once I placed it where I wanted, I went behind and glued it in place.


I repeated this step for the next word, "disturb".




The last step was to glue the pom pom trim around the hat to complete the project! In retrospect I would have probably preferred pink pom pom but I still like how this turned out.


I am now ready for the beach or pool! This whole project cost me $15 in supplies and about 30 minutes to complete. It was definitely an easy DIY and I would recommend you try it too.


You can shop for your supplies here and if "ain't got no time for this DIY",  I've linked an awesome Etsy shop to purchase it instead!



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pretty in Pink

This pretty pink top is darling! I love the feminine details of the ruffled sleeves. It's light and flowy and will be on repeat this summer! Today, I paired it with one of my favorite statement pieces from Stella & Dot, distressed denim, and lace-up sandals for a casual look.









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Friday, April 22, 2016

Off-the-Shoulder




I've seen lots of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses trending lately and I'm loving  it. I found this dress during a recent Target trip and love the boho feel to it. I don't have any white dresses and this one is comfortable and fun for the summer. I paired it with white converse sneakers, a floppy straw hat and a pop of pink for a casual look.






photo credit goes to my #igbestie, Megan of Being Mrs. Fowler

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Blog Struggle is Real



So truth be told, I don't have a hired professional taking my blog photos. I want to get to that point eventually with my blog but until then I rely on my Instagram husband and family/friends that don't get annoyed at my request to stop and take pictures of me.

The other evening my #igbestie, Megan of Being Mrs. Fowler, said she'd come over after work to take pictures. I took all three kiddos with me and she brought her sweet baby and a session that could have taken a quick 10-15 minutes turned into setting up strollers, grabbing the sleepy babies out of the car, making sure my other two don't run into the street and then telling them to stop running behind where we are wanting to take pictures. Sheesh!

Anyways, it was comical. The blog struggle is real people, for this mommy-wanna-be-fashion-blogger.







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