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Adult Fall Treat

Happy Halloween Y'all! Hope you're having a fun day. With work taking over my life right now Shaun is on passing out candy duty at home tonight but we were able to have some seasonal fun with friends over the weekend and hosted a murder mystery night. Fall took forever to arrive in Memphis but it's finally here and beside bringing out my wraps, plaid flannel shirts and boots and tights one of my favorite ways to celebrate the season is to put up some festive decorations around the house and have some seasonal treats. I am NOT a pumpkin spice girl at all but I do love a good apple cider and I served an adult version over the weekend. This is actually the same cocktail we served at our wedding which was a big hit so now y'all finally have the recipe to make at home and enjoy. 1. One 1/2 gallon jug of apple cider - you can use any kind but if you have one near by we really loved the Trader Joes cider we used last year at the wedding. 2. One cup of caramel flavored vodk…

Mad about Plaid

OMG! It finally feels like fall in Memphis . . . . YAAAAAAY! Pretty much all of my favorite clothes are for fall so I'm so excited to pull them out from the upstairs closet and bring them into regular rotation! There's something about plaid to me that screams fall so I have more plaid pieces than I probably need but this jacket from Draper James last year is my absolute favorite. Because this is from last year's collection it's no longer available but I linked the version they have for this year and another brand with a similar color below. The price point on this one was a little higher than I typically spend on one article of clothing but it's a very good quality piece - I wore this a lot last season and when I pulled it out of the closet a few days ago I assure you it looks brand new, and I am not the gentlest person when it comes to my clothes. I have no doubt that I will be wearing this piece for years to come.


Also purchased last year was this green and blu…

I choose YOU

A year ago this happened:

I can't believe a whole year has just flown by. It's been an exciting, bumpy, emotional, hard but wonderful year and I wouldn't trade it for any of the years before it. After one year of marriage I know that we have so much to learn but I am also certain that marriage is above all an ongoing commitment that requires a daily choice to honor that commitment. The idea of marriage is attractive - it's easier to buy a house with two incomes and it's nice to have a constant company - to never have to worry about going out to dinner by myself or see an event and be all oh, that sounds fun but I don't have anyone to go with. Likewise choosing to get married is easy - it involves some rings, a quick trip to the courthouse for the license and a qualified minister; you have those things and boom you too can get married. But being married, well it's a little harder and sometimes a little less attractive. Don't get me wrong, we're very …

Sunday Secrets - Behind the Filter

Two weeks ago I posted a "Sunday Secrets" post giving a little insight on the real me vs the social media me and I really enjoyed it and decided to try making it a regular thing. When I first started blogged it was mostly just a journal about my life I shared with my facebook friends filled my thoughts and personal rants. Since "cleaning up" my posts earlier this year I realized that I've missed having that outlet and I've worried that in only talking about this beauty product or that outfit I might be too shallow and it's ok to be a little bit real online sometimes. So today I'm taking about my life behind the instagram filtered lens.

Instagram filtered version of me  Latley I've been a little overwhelmed by adulting. I don't remember my parents ever acting like just being an adult is hard. I was too young to remember much from when my paternal grandfather died but I do remember my maternal grandparents dying within a year of each other a…

Ipsy Ocotber 2017

I thought I had unsubscribed from Ipsy but apparently I just skipped last month so yesterday I had the unexpected surprise of an ipsy bag in the mail. The October bag is really cute and I will absolutely use this as my purse makeup bag. As for the products I have mixed feelings, here's what's inside:   Marc Anthony True Professional  Hydrating Coconut Oil $11.80 I usually don't use a oil in my hair but my ends have been kinda dry and frizzy lately so I figured hey why not. I was pleasantly surprised how this didn't make my hair feel greasy or weighted down and it did make the ends smoother so it's something I would consider purchasing in the future. I do wish it came in different scents, this one smells beachy which is nice but this time of year I'd prefer a less tropical scent.
Dermelect Nail Polish $12 I'm not even going to link to this product I thought it was that awful. I personally am not a fan of the shade but that aside the formula had an awful app…

Nordstrom Rack Memphis

Last week was a big week for Memphis shoppers - our very own Nordstrom Rack opened! I like Nordstrom Rack, it's one of my favorite places to shop online, so I was excited to hear that we were getting one in Memphis.


When visiting the new store I was surprised at how much it reminded me of a TJ Maxx. The home section is much smaller, the shoe section much larger and there's no jewelry case but otherwise it's similar in size, layout and merchandise. One difference I appreciate is that the purse and clothing sections are separated out by designer - so if for example you're looking to buy a Tory Burch bag you don't have to look through all of the bags - they are organized together. Shoes are not separated by specific designer but they are in two areas - regular and designer, which seemed to be shoes over $150 a pair. Super small home section Women's clothing Purses! I really want one of these Rebecca Minkoff bags Pretty earrings For plus sizes I'm torn on ho…

Mommy Lhey Little Bits July and August

I've been terrible about sharing my Little Bits boxes lately, which is really crappy of me because they are so beautiful and definitely deserve to be shared. Each kit comes with patterned papers (double sided), a pouch, notebook, pen, stickers, decorative paper clip, die cuts, washi tape, sequins, sticky notes, clear stamps, a planner charm and bookmarks or dashboards. Trust me, it's a big bang for your buck. To me there's two things that really make the Mommy Lhey kit stand out - while each planner designer is going to have their own aesthetic some tend to follow the same theme every month and it gets well - boring. June had a cactus theme, July is florals and pretty dresses, August does have some floral but has a much sassier feel and September is going to be woodland animals; it's always fun and exciting to see what the theme will be each month and I love that Mommy Lhey releases the theme before the sign up dates so you can decide if it's for you or not. The …

Closet Maekover Process

As I've been posting about my closet makeover this year I've had several people comment how it's a project they'd be interested in too so I thought I'd talk a little bit about my process.

The first step like anything in life is deciding to make a change (ok that sounds a bit dramatic I'll admit - just to be clear we're talking clothes and not my struggle with drugs and alcohol) beyond that I think there's several different ways to approach it but for me one of the first things I did was to clear out the clutter so I could take inventory of what I have. Anything I didn't realistically see myself wearing in the next year and didn't have extreme sentimental value was bagged up and donated. Anything that didn't currently fit but I would consider wearing again if it did was put into Rubbermaid storage bins - this left only the items that currently fit and matching my current taste and then when I separated out the spring summer from the winter fa…

Mandysue vs Amanda

Latley I've been getting a little weary with social media, I think there's a lot of pressure to be real and authentic but also really great. Social media sometimes can be a highlight reel of our lives or even an alternative or wishful version of ourselves. For example, nobody in real life calls me Mandysue - it's a cutesy southernized version of my first and middle name - Amanda Susan. On Facebook I typically don't talk about work but the rest of my life I'm pretty open about - Instagram however I stick to very surface level stuff.

Here's some examples of how the Instagram version of myself is a little different than the in real life version :

Mandysue - wears heels with every outfit
Amanda - wears flats most days because she's not the type to grin and bear achy feet

Mandysue - always wears makeup
Amanda - has been know to occasionally show up at work with no makeup and damp hair pulled up

Mandysue - has a clean, clutter free living room
Amanda - pulled out…

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