Doing your makeup in a hurry? Same. I've gotten my makeup routine down to about 5 minutes, give or take a few, for my mornings headed into work. While I add in a few things here and there if I'm going to an event or if it's a special occasion, this is generally my routine for day-to-day! I'm sharing below each product I use as well as the shade for reference.

Moisturizer
Foundation
Concealer
Bronzer
Blush/Bronzer Palette
Blush
Brows
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It's feeling more and more like fall these days so I did a little online shopping + a little shopping in my own closet to mix and match a few outfits that will be perfect for the fall! I'm also including a fun video that you can check out for some outfit inspiration - while some of these items will be linked exactly, others are pieces that I've had for a few years! I've been trying to really evaluate what is in my closet before I go out shopping!

What I included:

Most of these items are under $100 if not under $50! The splurge items are things that are more investment pieces, like these Tory Burch wedges or these jeans!


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This past weekend, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the mountains for a couple of days. One of the things I love most about North Carolina is that you can see the Carolina coast and the Carolina mountains all in one day. When we left Wilmington on Friday afternoon, it was 95 degrees and I honestly couldn't figure out to pack because it was so hot at home. When we pulled into Boone around 10pm Friday night, it was noticeably cooler and a good change to the heat wave. 

One of the things I loved about this weekend trip is that we had no specific plans. If we had another day or two, we would've definitely done more exploring but both Steve and I as well as our friends who joined us have been to the mountains on various occasions in the past, so we wanted to use this weekend to just go with the flow and enjoy relaxing. I also did a puzzle for the first time in awhile and forgot how relaxing that is!

What We Did:

Friday: Road trip to the mountains
  • Quick grocery store pit stop
  • Arrived at house in Hound Ears Club
  • Wine and a puzzle until our friends arrived - and stayed up too late working on said puzzle

Saturday: 
  • Coffee and relaxing at home
  • Ventured down the mountain into Boone
  • Quick breakfast at Boone Bagelry - very good! We wanted to go to Melanie's but our wait time was an hour and 45 minutes. We eventually got tired of waiting and just grabbed bagels and biscuits instead. 
  • Shopping in Boone
  • Drove into Blowing Rock
  • Shopping and exploring
  • Late lunch and drinks at Blowing Rock Brewery 
  • Back up to the house to relax
  • Late night reservation at the Gamekeeper 
Sunday: 
  • Coffee and relaxing at home
  • Late breakfast at Dan'l Boone Inn
  • Back to the house to pack up and head home 

Where We Ate:

  • Boone Bagelry - while they do have indoor and outdoor seating for those eating in and a menu that includes more than just bagels and biscuits, it's perfect for a quick breakfast on the go!
    • What we ordered: Bacon and Cheese Biscuit and various bagel sandwiches
  • Blowing Rock Ale House - we planned on just grabbing drinks at the brewery here but when we realized how late it was, we decided to just grab a light lunch. 
    • What we ordered: White Cheddar Poblano, Ale House Burger, Cheese Fries
  • The Gamekeeper - this restaurant came highly recommended by so many people! It's tucked int the mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock in a charming and expansive cottage. This restaurant is known for its wild game, and while our crowd isn't a group of super adventurous eaters, we all loved it. Our reservation wasn't until 9:30 so by the time we got there, I honestly wasn't all that hungry so I ordered light, but the next time I plan on trying the beef tenderloin. 
    • What we ordered: 
      • For the tame: the potato soup (so incredibly good, especially in the chilly weather) and a salad
      • For the more adventurous: the Mixed Game Grill and the Rabbit Pot Pie
  • Dan'l Boone Inn - the Dan'l Boone Inn is located in one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Boone. It's a family style restaurant, featuring an assortment of Southern favorites. Our original wait time was close to an hour but we ended up being seated within 20 minutes. While we were there for breakfast, each of us has also been there for lunch or dinner and can say it's just as good. If you love good Southern cooking, this is a great place to try. 
    • What we ate: pancakes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sausage, ham and bacon, eggs, grits and more!
There were some other restaurants that we wanted to try but based on the fact that we only had one full day there or the wait times were too long, we ended up passing over them. They include:
  • Melanie's for brunch - Boone
  • Storie Street Grill for lunch - Blowing Rock 
  • Sunrise Grill for breakfast - Boone 
  • Proper for brunch - Boone
  • Bistro Roca for lunch - Blowing Rock 
  • Bella's for dinner - Boone
  • Woodland's BBQ for easy lunch - Blowing Rock 
  • The Ham Shoppe for lunch - Banner Elk 
  • Casa Rustica for dinner - Boone
  • Our Daily Bread for lunch - Boone 
  • Cafe Portofino for dinner - Boone
The weather was also not ideal for a lot of outdoor things - it drizzled off and on all day Saturday so while we thought about checking out the rooftop bar at the Horton Hotel, it wasn't the best weather. If we had more time, we would've also loved to do more walking/hiking through the mountains - but that's why there's next time!

It's been awhile since I've shared an update on my 101 in 1,001 list! For those who haven't heard of it before, it's a list of 101 items to complete in 1,001 days! This is my second list that I'm actively working on and I'm excited to cross off some of these items.

Recently Completed:

Celebrate our two-year anniversary (August 2019) - we celebrated with a fun date night out in Wilmington!

Move our pink couch to our office
- When I first opened the shop, I had a fun pink couch that we purchased for one of the sitting areas. As my inventory has grown, we needed the space for other things so that fun pink couch ended up in our garage... but has now made its way finally to our upstairs office!

Take a weekend trip to Charleston - May 2019 (read about it here)

Purchase AirPods
- finally snagged a pair and they have been game changing, especially when traveling!

Update master bathroom cabinets - I can't wait to share a full post on the details of our cabinets but we finally checked this off the list about a month ago! We painted the oak with Sherwin Williams' Light French Grey and added lucite hardware and I can't believe how much it changed the space.

See the fall foliage in the mountains - while the leaves weren't as colorful as they have been in past visits, we did take a weekend trip to the mountains and it was so nice to escape 90 degree weather for a cool 50.

In the Works:

Update my store office - I had forgotten this was on the list but I actually had a really exciting meeting with Ace of Space Organization this morning! They are going to transform my store office to make it more functional as well as more aesthetically appealing!

Read 50 books - this has taken me longer than I thought it would. When I was younger, I would read 2-3 books a week if not more, but that was before owning a business, taking care of a home, social media, all of that good stuff.  I also used to read on every road trip but in recent years I can barely look at my phone without feeling a little car sick... I need to step it up! I've also read more books than this but also have not been very good about recording them...

  • The Perfect Couple - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Sisters First - Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
  • Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
  • Blue Bistro - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Same Beach, Next Year - Dorothea Benton Frank
  • The Southern Side of Paradise - Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • The Lemon Sisters - Jill Shalvis

Ship orders to at least 25 different states - One of my goals is to ship to the entire country! We've officially shipped to 32 states. But we'd love to keep adding to the list. If you're in the following states, check out our website! DM us for a special free shipping code!

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Indiana
  • Wisconsin
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Wyoming

Visit Colorado & go skiing out west - I'm combining these two 101 items because we're doing both of these this December! If you have any amazing recommendations for Breckenridge in the winter, let me know!
I've always enjoyed finding a good dress to wear to a wedding. But as the seasons change, it gets more difficult! I can't tell you how many times people have come in to the shop looking for a dress for an October wedding while saying, "It's just so hard to shop for this time of year!" It's such a true statement because in coastal North Carolina, it could be sunny and 95 degrees or a chilly 50. 

When this dress arrived to the shop, I knew it would be such a pretty occasion dress. I love it because it works so well on it's own but you could easily throw on a great faux fur wrap for when those chillier temperatures settle in!

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Happy Fall! While we had a little dose of beautiful fall weather last week, it's back to the normal North Carolina fall heat as we kick off sweater weather season! While it's still warm out, I'm slowly transitioning our home into fall and already gearing up for all the fun things I want to do this season! Check out my fall bucket-list plus a few to-dos for this season!

Bucket List/To-Do List:
  • Take a weekend mountain trip
  • Go to the pumpkin patch
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Decorate our house
  • Make a fall wreath
  • Football games
  • Make an apple pie
  • Go trick or treating with our friends' little girl
  • Roast marshmallows on our fire pit
  • Take a fall foliage drive
  • Make caramel apples
  • Host friendsgiving
  • Create a fall playlist
  • Change up our front porch
  • Purchase new mums
  • Go through sweaters 
  • Donate to a food drive 
Download this Fall Bucket List Checklist below!
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