Friday, June 24, 2016

Perfect Summer Romper

romper (on sale!), shoes, cuff, lip color

Happy Friday! It has absolutely been the craziest week - but it has been so worth it! We have had some changes at work that have resulted in a changing workload, but it's been exciting as well and I'm loving learning new things. And my mom and I spent Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Miss North Carolina preliminary competition. I had the opportunity to compete twice for the title of Miss North Carolina, and it's always so nice to be back in Raleigh, seeing an incredible class of girls compete and catching up with great friends.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Southern Spotlight: Gregory Ellenburg

I'm excited to be back with the second edition of Southern Spotlight, and today's feature is another entrepreneur that I had the fortunate opportunity to work closely with. Gregory Ellenburg is a designer and boutique owner out of Greenville, South Carolina, and this feature could not come at a more appropriate time. In North Carolina, it happens to be Miss NC week, where 41 beautiful contestants are currently vying for the title, and one lucky girl will be crowned.  Five years ago, I had my own opportunity of competing at Miss North Carolina for the very first time, and I got my entire wardrobe from Greg. From my swimsuit to my talent gown to my evening gown, my wardrobe was an absolute dream. I was eventually awarded first runner-up, and it is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

On Repeat

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend! Stephen and I had a date night Friday night and headed to one of our favorite downtown Wilmington spots - Beer Barrio. We had planned to listen to a few bands during the summer concert series but it started raining so we opted to head back home to Sophie-pup and watch a movie. Saturday was spent in the beautiful outdoors followed by the wedding for one of my former co-workers who is moving to Atlanta with her new husband. The weather couldn't have been more perfect! And we had a great Sunday with my dad and my grandparents - so thankful for those special men in my life!

Friday, June 17, 2016

All the Stripes

Max Studio dress via TJ Maxx (similar in solid navy), sunglasses, bag, silver cable cuff, gold cable cuff, wedges

Don't you love when you come across a good find unexpectedly? I'm always looking for great summer work dresses that are cool enough for the hot weather, travel well (I drive around 80 miles each day so pieces that get wrinkled easily are a no-go), and are still cute. Luckily, I don't have to get overly dressed up for work, so a shift dress and wedges are often my go-to. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Beauty Essentials

Living at the beach and spending ample time outdoors during the warm weather months has certainly caused me to identify those summer beauty essentials that I can't live without. From hair care to skin care, check out my must-haves for summer.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Laced Perspective

Happy Monday - another quick weekend! I spent Saturday taking photos for a friend's bridesmaid luncheon for her fast approaching wedding, so head over to this Instagram for a sneak peek and the Zia Photography blog in the next few days for a full look! Saturday night was a productive one. Stephen was out of town and I was feeling like a low-key night was necessary, so I spent some time getting a pedicure, grocery shopping, popping into TJ Maxx and Target, and cleaning out my refrigerator and pantry. Wild Saturday night, I know, but it definitely made me feel much more productive going into Sunday. On Sunday morning, I got out of the house for a walk/run, went to church, and spent the rest of the day in the sun with my best friends!

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