May 2019 - Dimples and Tangles


Recently I cleaned off the front porch and got it all set for Summer.  I absolutely loved the faux topiaries that I used for my Spring porch while the temps were still too cold for live plants.  But in Summer, big ferns in the urns are my absolute favorite for this spot.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

The bunny from my Spring porch stayed around and I pulled the striped pots forward and layered them in front of the larger urns to add some pattern.  I'm using the same layered rugs that I used last Summer... why mess with a good thing?  The rug did need a good scrub and rinse after the winter, but after drying in the sun it's as good as new.

I ordered this custom painted monogrammed ginger jar door hanger several months ago, but am just now hanging it on my front door for Summer.  It's a substantial size but light weight.  Understandably,  there's a longer production time for these to each be hand painted, but it was well worth the wait! 

Front Porch Mini-Makeover Details (including door color)

Black Urn (with DIY painted gold accent)

These ferns are hearty, can tolerate some sun and are ok if you forget about watering for a day or two. ;)  I actually leave them in the plastic pot they came in and drop them in the urn, then surround the pot with some dirt to keep it from wobbling.  I've found that if I actually plant them the roots grow so thick and deep they're almost impossible to dig out at the end of the season.  The ferns will grow quite a bit larger throughout the Summer.

Because the striped pots are deep, I used an old plastic hanging basket container turned upside down in the bottom of them to fill some of the space.  I poured dirt around and over them before planting the geraniums on top- or just leave them in their pot and plop them in too!  

My Favorite Ferns- "Kimberly Queen"

That's it!  I kept it simple and easy maintenance for the Summer.  We love this cordless blower to quickly clean off dust and stray leaves.   I'll add some flags for the 4th of July, but for now we're all set until it's time to switch things up for Fall!

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Hello there!  I've got some things to share with you and am excited to do that soon, but today I wanted to show a few of my new favorite things of late so we can take advantage of all of the great holiday weekend sales!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

We (along with 50+ of our favorite high school students) are off on our first big Summer adventure tomorrow, but I'm hoping to get together a few posts of projects I've had stored up to share with you along the way.  Follow along on Instagram to see what we're up to!

Trust me, get this gingham trench!  It's a really nice sturdy weight and fantastic quality.  Even with the sale on sale discount it's a bit of an investment, but well worth it in my opinion.  This will be a closet staple for years to come!  I would suggest sizing down.  I sized down one but probably could have even gone 2 sizes down.  Super sale going on site wide here!

Summer... time for cute new t-shirts!  Even better when each of these is on sale for $8.50 or less.  The navy striped and rainbow shirts are boyfriend fit and a relaxed true to size fit, the "Summer Fun" is a slim fit, I sized up for a looser fit. 

This raw hem jean skirt has a bit of stretch and is perfect to go with any of them (size down in the skirt)!

Monogrammed Tote  ||  Sneakers (or here or here- they sell out fast!)  The heel has the tiniest bit of wedge/lift inside for extra comfort, I'm bringing these along on our trip for all of the walking.

I've been loving these cropped pants for church and events where I need to dress a little nicer than every day.  I have this black and white pair and the yellow floral, I think I might need the solid hot pink too!  They back is elastic, they have pockets, and the fabric is easy care (no ironing!).  Size down if in between, they are generously sized.

After complimenting a friend on this cotton swing dress that she was wearing, I immediately had to go check it out for myself!  It comes in two colors and has a forgiving, flowing trapeze cut.  (Size down).  I'm about 5'7" and it's right on the edge of being too short for me, but see below for how I styled it with a pair of skinny jeans on a busy day where I was moving around a lot and felt as if I needed the extra coverage.  ;)

The fabric is a nice weight cotton twill.  The ivory dress is lined but the black is not, and it's ok since you can't see through it.  I like the nice collar and the pleated detail in front and back.  Forgive the terrible dressing room lighting and try-on photos, but this is a great little Summer dress!

Stretching onnnnne more day before washing my hair, I had to try out this hat.  It's packable and is coming on our trip with us... I'm sure there will be many early morning wake up calls along the way where I'll be grateful to throw it on and go.

Roll-Up Fedora Hat (khaki)  ||  Dress  ||  Jeans  ||  Leopard Slides here or here

This darling lemon print circle handle purse caught my eye too when I was shopping for the dresses-

Metallic Sandals but a cuter style is ON SALE here!  ||  Gingham Top

One of my favorite accessory shops is having one of their biggest sales- 30% off site wide with code MEMORIALDAY.  Heads up, this pom pom tassel clip is one of my faves and comes in at under $9 on sale!

SIDE NOTE:  If you've been searching for one, check out this lady head planter that's on sale plus the additional discount. It's actually a great deal!

Back to the cute accessories, here are a few of my picks from the sale (some available in other colors)-

Memorial Day Weekend Sales not to miss-

*WAYFAIR- Up to 70% off Memorial Day Clearance
*BAUBLE BAR- New items added to Sale section
*SERENA AND LILY- 20% off with code SUMMERPREP
*BALLARD DESIGNS- At lease 25% off site wide  (good upholstery clearance fabrics here too!)
*LOFT- 40% off purchase with code FINALLY
*J. CREW- 40% off site wide, including sale!
*J. CREW FACTORY- 50% off site wide and extra 50% off clearance
*POTTERYBARN- Buy more, save more: 15-30% off site wide and free shipping with code SAVEMORE

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone! 

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