Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Spring Outfit Ideas

These are some of my favorite posts to do, and I always get great feedback! Even though I had to break out my winter coat this past week, I am still hoping that spring weather will come soon! Continue reading to check out some of the spring looks that I created to give y'all some outfit inspiration!
Spring 1

Dress: Nordstrom // Wedges: LOFT // Bag: H&M
Earrings: BaubleBar // Rings: // Nail Polish: Essie

Spring 2

Dress: Lulus // Wedges: LOFT (Love these!) // Bag: Forever 21
Bangles: Lord & Taylor // Sunglasses: H&M (Only $7.99!)

Spring 3

Top: H&M // Jeans: // Bag: Kate Spade
Espadrilles: LOFT // Necklaces:
Spring 4

V-Neck: H&M // Shorts: H&M
Bag: Old Navy // Sandals: Old Navy

Spring 5

Gingham Button-Up: J Crew Factory // Shorts: J Crew Factory (Less than $25)
Sandals: Tory Burch // Earrings: Charming Charlies (Only $5!)

Which look was your favorite?
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Behind the Blog Name: Anchored in the South

I have been having some major technical issues with my blog lately! Thus my lack of posts earlier this week. It was absolutely terrifying, I definitely learned my lesson in backing up my blog frequently! I am so grateful everything is back, and I didn't lose anything! I have been missing blogging, and I can't wait to share some exciting posts with y'all this week.

This post has been in my draft section for quite some time. I had all the words in my head but had trouble transferring it to 'paper'. Let's see how this goes!

If you've been following me for a while now, you know that back in November I rebranded my blog. I changed my blog name & redesigned my blog theme. I had been using a pre-made blogger template that I wasn't too fond of, and I wasn't in love with or inspired by my past blog name.

The one thing that I love about my blog is that it includes two things that I love, one more obvious than the other. 

Even though I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, I always identified with the South. With my love of country music, bbq, and cowboy boots I will always be a southern girl at heart. One of my other loves, is the east coast. Thus the 'Anchored' part of my blog name.

Well...I guess it wasn't that much of a struggle to write that! Also I am working on creating a 'Rebranding Checklist' that is exclusive to my email subscribers. Since I wasn't planning on having to fix up my blog this week, it will hopefully be sent out later this week or early next week. So make sure you're subscribed!
Friday, April 22, 2016

Boutique Spotlight (Feat. Haute Pink Boutique, Jess Lea Boutique & Elle Lain)

Time for another boutique spotlight! There are so many adorable boutiques out there, that
I included three of them in this post. Prepare for a lot of adorable pieces, and prepare for a lot of 'adorables'.

Haute Pink Boutique
This adorable (told you!) boutique is based out of Arkansas. They have such fun & bright pieces
of spring and summer. Another plus is that they have free shipping on orders over $100.

Do Or DYE High-Low Dress - $39.99
This is such a great casual dress to add to any wardrobe.

Flawless In Floral Dress - $39.99
This dress is so lovely, I love the print!

Mint Condition Embroidered Romper - $79.99
The embroidered details on this romper are so pretty,
plus I love that it has pockets!!

Jess Lea Boutique
This boutique is solely run by Jessica out of Cypress, Texas. I love her passion for retail
and how she decided to follow her dreams and open up her own online boutique.

Floral Garden Top - $36
I love this print, it looks like it could be in a museum!

Fancy Florals Maxi Dress - $65
This dress is gorgeous, it also comes in a dark blue color.

Love In Lace Shorts - $38
I am always on the lookout for cute shorts. Also these
don't look too short, which I always appreciate.

Elle Lain
This online boutique is also located in the lone star state.
They have a lot of trendy pieces that work with anyone's budget!

Chambray OTS - $36
This top is so cute & trendy!

Woke Up Like This Tee - $28
This tee is perfect for spring, I love how lightweight this one is.

Kappa Heel - $46
I am in love these heels, I love all the straps!

What are some of your favorite online boutiques?
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Old Navy (Extra 30% Off)

If you haven't visited an Old Navy store or their website recently, you are really missing out! Especially since all online orders on Old Navy are currently 30% off, now though April 21st. I thought I would share you a few of the spring pieces that have caught my eye.

I am always a fan of basics, and I love the subtle pattern of this top.

Peplum Cami - $14
I've been seeing these cute peplum camis everywhere, there are so many cute prints!
At such a great price, there's no reason not to buy more than one!

These shorts look so comfy, and come in tons of colors.

Chambray Jumpsuit - $34.97
I have so many ideas on how to style this, it's such a fun piece to have in your wardrobe!

I love white dresses for spring/summer!

This is a bit pricier, but Old Navy purses are such great quality. I love this fun light pink color for spring.

Classic Retro Sunglasses - $12
I've been looking for a cute pair of cheap sunglasses!

These are so fun, and they also come in a tan color, which I love!

I've had these on my wishlist for a while now, they are so simple and great to slip on for a casual look.

Which item was your favorite?
Monday, April 18, 2016

Collab: 3 Spring Outfits

One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to meet and collaborate with other bloggers. Today Natalie of For All Things Pink and Pretty & I will both be sharing three spring outfits to give some inspiration to y'all. Also, if you haven't already my last post includes an exciting giveaway that ends soon!

Spring Look 1

I had to create an outfit using these shoes. Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls has them, and it was love at first sight! And I love this blue tunic, I don't think I'll ever get tired of tassels.

Spring Look 2

This is such a bright & fun outfit, that is super casual. It is more than likely that
you have similar pieces in your closet to recreate this look!

Spring Look 3

I started this outfit with the shoes, I've been loving espadrilles lately. Then I found this adorable sunhat, it's a much different look but I absolutely love how it turned out!

Need more inspiration...check out Natalie's post!
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Striped Dress + GIVEAWAY

Dress: Mint Julep Boutique // Shoes: Sperry
Bag: MarleyLilly // Bracelet: Lulu Bleu Boutique

I have a bit of an obsession with stripes, but then again who doesn't? I wore stripes three times this week! So I couldn't wait to show you this incredibly comfortable dress from one of my favorite online boutiques, Mint Julep Boutique

I am also so excited to be hosting a giveaway! I have teamed up with Lauren, owner of Lulu Bleu Boutique, to give one of y'all a Monogrammed Bracelet. Just like the one I wore in these photos, with your own monogram of course! The giveaway will be live for 72 hours, best of luck!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Luxily Boutique Box April Unboxing

Happy Friday! Y'all I can't even tell you how much I am in love with this subscription box! I have worked with a few other subscription boxes in the past, but I found that I loved every single product in this Luxily Boutique Box. Keep reading for more information & to see what I got in my box!

Use the code LUXILYFOUNDERS20 for $20 off your first box!

So I received this month's box, and there is still time to buy it. It's currently on sale for $60, and while you're there you can check out June's box "Pineapple Delight!" How fun is that name? Anyway more about the box. You can choose to buy a bi-monthly subscription ($49.95 - one box), a semi-annual subscription ($134.95 - three boxes) or an annual subscription ($255.95 - six boxes). They also offer limited-edition pre-made boxes that you can purchase anytime ranging from $40-110. I also like that if you are reading this post now and really like a specific item, you can buy it off their site. Don't worry, I will include links to all the products down below, to save you some time!

Did I mention to y'all how amazing this box smells? Later I found out that it was this tea, It says on my little information sheet that this is enough to brew 35-40 cups!

I think I found a new favorite scent - apricot! See the pattern! This soap smells so good
and the packaging is so adorable!

This is such a cute brand, and I love me some pencils!

This will go perfectly with those pencils I just showed you!

How cute! I love the pattern - perfect for spring!

I told you I love this brand, plus this mug has such cute lettering!

That's it! Are you in love, are you ready to order your own? I genuinely love every product
in this box, and now that I've photographed it, I can actually use them! I hope you enjoyed
this post, look out for tomorrow's outfit post featuring an exciting giveaway!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mail Time Vol. 3

We are back again with another Mail Time! These are beginning to become some of my favorite posts to write and share with y'all. (Check out the others here & here!) These past few weeks I got a few items that I'm going to be sharing, let's get into it.

This is probably the most random product I've featured in these post, but I had to share these with you. McCrea's contacted me and asked me to try out some of their hand-crafted caramel candies, and of course I said yes! They came in the cutest containers, & they taste so yummy!

I recently did a giveaway on my Instagram with That's So Fletch Boutique, and Jenna so kindly sent me this adorable monogrammed bracelet and fun hair tie. She has such cute bracelets, I would definitely recommend checking it out!

If you're just visiting here for the first time, you might not know about my obsession with stationery. So I am so excited to share these cards that I got sent from the Etsy shop; Champaign Paper.

Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead!
1 Peter 1:6
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Afternoon Tea with YouTuber Kim Adams

It has been the longest time since I have made one of these posts, but I wanted to continue this series. If you're not familiar (check out the past posts here, here & here) but in this series I interview influential people whether they be fellow bloggers, companies, or in this case a YouTuber. I am so happy to be sharing this interview with one of my favorite YouTubers, Kim Adams. She is just the cutest, I can't wait to share her answers with y'all, enjoy!

What made you want to start YouTube?
I started on YouTube when I was in middle school and I was first starting to experiment with makeup. I saw YouTubers like Kandee Jonhson and was super impressed! I knew right away that I wanted to do something similar.

What's your favorite part of being apart of the YouTube community?
YouTube has made me so much more confident and driven. I went through a really tough time in high school were I felt very insecure and unsure of myself. YouTube helped me get out of that funk. I had thousands of people who cared about me and were interested in what I was doing - it's still so surreal to me! I've also made a lot of friends through YouTube, both other YouTubers as well as my subscribers/viewers. One of my best friends and I met because we both make videos and we were from the same home town. Now she's my "Big" in my sorority! It's just unreal how life works out.

What's your favorite time to film videos? (Back to School? Christmas? Halloween?)
I love Back to School videos! Partially because the weather is still warm enough to film outside in Michigan, but I also love fall in general so I always look forward to filming back to school fashion videos. I love doing hauls and organization videos around this time. They're such a blast and they make going back to school not seem so bad!

How do you find inspiration for your videos?
I find inspiration everywhere. A lot of times my friends and subscribers will tell me what kinds of videos they'd like to see. Other times I'll be trying to fall asleep at night and an idea will come to me. It's really just a little bit of everything.

How do you balance school with YouTube?
This is something that's extremely difficult. This year I joined a sorority, I'm working 25+ hours a week (which is less than the 40-ish I was working at the beginning of last semester), I volunteer with a couple of different organizations, and I'm taking 5 classes. It's a lot. Yesterday I worked for 9 hours, had a job interview 30 minutes away for a second job for the summer, ate dinner, worked on painting a banner for a sorority event from 7 pm to 2 am, then came home and worked on lesson plans for my classes from 2 am to 8 am. Two cans of Red Bull, a few tears, and 40 minutes of sleep total. It's definitely a lot, but I love it. I thrive on being busy so it ends up working out fairly well. I've learned to manage my time and put everything into my planner! I don't make videos as much as I wish I could because realistically it's just not an option, but I think I do fairly well!

Thanks again to Kim for letting me interview her!

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3