Add A Little Curb Appeal

Add A Little Curb Appeal

DECOR DETAILS

Ribbon : Michaels Wreaths: Amazon Doormat: MacKenzie Childs Planters: Moms Choice

I have worked in real estate on the side of modeling for many years. I am constantly looking at houses and thinking “this would help curb appeal”. So, when my mom wanted to add a little pop to her door, I knew I wanted to help!

I sold my parents their house a few months ago, and let’s be honest, its gorgeous on its own, but when my mom mentioned adding a few things, I knew it would be the right move to add something to help the entry stand out.

My mom found these cotton wreaths for an extremely reasonable price on Amazon. I always worry about quality when I order things online, and they’re “reasonable”, but these turned out to be fabulous.

Because my parents doors are on the taller side, I wanted to find the right ribbon that would add a pop of color to the wreaths, but also look good hanging at a long length. We went with a teal/green color ribbon with a gold polka dot pattern on it. We also went with a thicker ribbon for a sturdier feel and look. You can really choose any ribbon of your liking with these wreaths!

Michael’s has become a recent go to of mine. Their selection of faux floral, and ribbon is unreal! My mom and I have started To Dye For Creations, where we make hand-made wreaths, and other home decor, and I find the best products to use on our projects at Michaels.

For a doormat, we went with an all time favorite brand of ours, Mackenzie-Childs. We are never short of a Courtly Check pattern in our homes. This plush doormat is high in quality, super thick and durable, and has a neutral look that goes with anything. It’s definitely a piece that will last, and withstand weather and foot traffic.

My moms planters and greenery are just something she put together herself! That’s what I love about planters, you can add greenery or flowers that bring out your own taste, and switch them up as much as you’d like! Your home is always a reflection of you, and its important to add in the things you love, and love coming home to!

I just recently decided to add a “home” section to my blog. Decorating has always been a huge love of mine, and as my mom and I start on our creative adventure, I wanted to be able to share it all with you guys!

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Festival Vibes ✌🏼

Festival Vibes ✌🏼

OUTFIT DETAILS

Romper: 6 Shore Road Duster: Darby Johns Designs (Couture) Sunglasses: Maho Shades Earrings : Indigo Bag: Bedstu (similar) Bracelets: David Yurman Shoes: Koolaburra

It’s festival season!! With Coachella, Stagecoach, Hangout Fest, Beale Street Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Country 500, and all of the others, that have either come and gone, or are in sight, girls are pulling out their best festival attire!

When I found out I would be going to some of the festivals myself, I knew I needed my long time friend to make me couture pieces for the events! Darby Johns Designs came in for the win with this couture duster she designed for me (along with other pieces you’ll be seeing in future posts!). The fabric is unbeatable, you have to see it in person to see the detailing, and I can tell you, its unreal! She also added a little flare with the multicolor fabric lining and tie detail!

My romper is one of my favorite brands, 6 Shore Road. This linen romper is perfect for a hot day! The light fabric will keep you feeling the breeze! This romper is currently on sale, and I recommend snagging it while you can!

For accessories I went with these super fun tassel earrings that I picked up at Indigo, in Germantown, TN (they ship). Definitely one of my favorite go to stores to snag fab finds! The shades, of course are Maho Shades, light weight, comfortable, one of my go to brands for sunglasses. Whats also great about the brand is they are SUPER reasonable in price. For bracelets I layered all Yurman. I do this quite often. My Yurman pieces are strong, and last a lifetime. I love the classic look, and the fact I can layer all different Yurman pieces from any of his collections. My fringe sandal booties are Koolaburra, the brand actually discontinued these, and went in a different style direction, but google them! You can find them on eBay. Last, but not least, my Bedstu cowhide fringe bag adds some pop to this look!

(Can you tell I love fringe?)

I LOVE this look! These really are some of my favorite pieces, and I love the “festival vibe”!

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For Mom, With Love ❤️

For Mom, With Love ❤️

OUTFIT DETAILS

Jewelry: Gorjana

My mother is my rock, my world, my strength, my heart, and my best friend. Every day I am reminded how incredibly blessed I am to call her mom. When I found out that Gorjana was doing a Mothers Day Gift Guide, I knew I wanted to get something for my mom!

My mom is wearing the Quinn Large Earrings from Gorjana’s Mother’s Day guide, and she loves them!! She is always wearing classic black looks, and loves the pop of gold! You really can’t go wrong with a strong hoop.

I stuck with my gold statement ring, and bracelet, with a turquoise pop. I am constantly wearing Gorjana pieces, because they are dainty, but pack power and add something extra to my looks!

To be able to share one of my favorite brands with my mom was such a joy for me! She is incredibly hard to shop for, so when I actually find something she loves, its a huge win! I definitely won with these Gorjana earrings.

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To my mom: Thank you for being everything that you are. I don’t know what I would do without you. Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that one day I can be at least half as good of a mother as you are. I love you.

Sweet Berries and Pound Cake

Sweet Berries and Pound Cake

I have the biggest sweet tooth!! Last night I decided to whip up some fresh sweet berries and pound cake! This is one of my favorite desserts. It is light and fresh, and its a great spring/summer time treat! I add a scoop or two of ice cream, but you can also add whip cream or just go big and add both!

Recipe below

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Sweet Berries and Pound Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author christenash

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar plus 1/3 cup
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice plus 1/3 cup

Sweet Berries

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 6-cup loaf pan and line it with parchment or waxed paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter. Add 1 cup of the sugar and mix. With the mixer running at low speed, add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla.

    Working in alternating batches, and mixing after each addition, add the dry ingredients and 1/4 cup of the lemon juice to the butter mixture. Mix until just smooth.

    Pour into the prepared pan and bake until raised in the center and a tester inserted into the center comes out dry and almost clean (a few crumbs are OK), 65 to 75 minutes.

    Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and the remaining 1/3 cup lemon juice until the sugar is dissolved.

    When the cake is done, let cool in the pan 15 minutes (it will still be warm). Run a knife around the sides of the pan. Set a wire rack on a sheet pan with sides (to catch the glaze) and turn the cake out onto the rack. Peel off the waxed paper.

    Using a pastry brush, spread glaze all over the top and sides of the cake and let soak in. Repeat until the entire glaze is used up, including any glaze that has dripped through onto the sheet pan. Let cool at room temperature or, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator (Well wrapped, the cake will last up to a week). Serve at room temperature, in thin slices.

Sweet Berries

  1. Rinse all fresh fruit. Add blueberries and blackberries into a large bowl. Cut strawberries into halves and add to bowl. Fold in sugar to mix. Stir every hour until juice forms. Add to the top of the pound cake, and serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or both! 

Keeping it Casual

Keeping it Casual

OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Bozwell and Lily Shorts: 7 for all Mankind Sunglasses: Maho Shades Bracelets: Gorjana Necklace: Necklace Sneakers: Converse

On a normal day, I like to keep it casual! I am a huge fan of throwing on my favorite tee, jeans, and some sneakers, and heading out to get things done! This look was perfect for my morning downtown, having coffee on the rooftop, with two of my favorite people.

This Bozwell and Lily tee is one of my favorites! Not only is it SUPER soft, it also reps my city! If you’re a fan of the 901 be sure to check out their merch.

These 7 for all mankind high waisted shorts are my new love! I am such a fan of high waisted right now. You can wear a crop, tuck in a tee, or even wear a bodysuit with them. These are a staple in my wardrobe. I also have them in black denim!

The accessories are what make this outfit fun!

My Gorjana pieces add color and pop to this casual set. The Palisades Versatile Necklace is adjustable and can go long, mid length, short, or even choker, whatever fits your look. Also I love to #LiveLoveLayer with this Gypset bracelet set. I also added the Palisades Adjustable Bracelet for an extra layer.

Another brand you are going to start seeing a lot from me is Maho Shades. These sunnies are SO FUN, and they have a great price point! I am loving their Marble color. Its a white and black marble look, that they make in multiple shade styles. Its a fun look that matches most everything!

Its my favorite thing to be comfortable, cute, and to keep things casual! I am constantly on the go, running errands, having coffee dates, and just lady bossing my life, and fun outfits like this, make my busy days a little easier!

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A pop of turquoise!

A pop of turquoise!

OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Nightcap Clothing Bag : Fendi Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Jewelry: Gorjana

Ive been so busy working lately, I have barely had time to blog! I knew my first post back needed to be something “To Dye For” and when I came across the Gorjana Palisades collection, I immediately fell in love. There is a place in my heart for gold and turquoise! This collection puts together the right pop of color for any outfit! My ring is the Palisades Statement Turquoise ring and my earrings are the Palisades Drop Hoops! (They also come in colors such as labradorite, black onyx, and rhodonite!)  Gorjana has become a staple brand for me. I love their look, and the quality of their pieces!

My dress is Nightcap Clothing. When I walked into Tootsies in Dallas, TX and saw this dress, I knew it was for me. The material is extremely soft, and fits the body like a glove. This is a great spring/summer dress. The sleeves can keep you warm on a chillier day, but also the perforated material can keep you cool on a warmer day. Its really a top buy! I can’t wait to continue to wear this throughout the seasons.

What I love about a white dress is you can do up your accessories! This Fendi runway bag adds a fun look to the outfit, mixed with lace up booties and Gorjana turquoise pieces, its a killer combo! I think adding a little pattern and color to a white or black dress is always a good idea.

I am so excited to get into the spring season and share more looks, travel, and food with you soon!

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Simple and CHIC

Simple and CHIC

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: James Perse Jacket (Similar): Iro  Shoes (Similar): Celine Bracelets: David Yurman Belt: Stella McCartney Bag (Similar): YSL

STYLIST OUTFIT DETAILS

Pants (Similar): Rag & Bone Bag: Fendi Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Having a blog, being a real estate agent, and being a full time model can be slightly overwhelming. Some days I’m so busy, I just can’t think properly. So putting something chic together isn’t always easy, but on the days I can make it work, I make it work!

So lets talk about this dress!! A form fitting chic style, with a tee material, and ruched  sides, makes this dress TO DYE FOR. What I love about this dress is its so versatile. I would wear this out to dinner, to the office, on a flight, etc. Dress it up, dress it down, its such a closet staple!

Here I added a white Vince jacket, a fun Stella McCartney belt, and killer Celine shoes for a little added “extra”, because lets be honest, I love to be a little extra.

I am going to attach links to similar items, with a more reasonable price point, below!

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Dress (Similar): SOHO Girl Jacket (Similar): BB Dakota Shoes (Similar): White Booties – Carlos / White Heels – Steve Madden Bag (Similar): Kate Spade / Michael Kors Bracelets: Gorjana

Those JEANS!

Those JEANS!

OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Privacy Pls Jeans: Grlfrnd Denim Booties: Stuart Weitzman Bracelets: David Yurman/ Daisy London

I am OBSESSED with these Grlfrnd Denim jeans! I mean the butt slit, YASSSS. I am all about destroyed denim. These jeans are definitely an old school denim feel, with a modern vibe.

I posted these on my instagram, and within 5 minutes I had multiple dm’s asking where I got them from! I got them from my go to place to online shop Revolve Clothing . They have zero stretch, so I recommend ordering a size up unless you like a super snug feel.

My bodysuit is Privacy Pls, a new fav brand of mine. The green sold out so I attached a link to the black version! Cant go wrong with black!

How perfect are these green Stuart Weitzman booties? I love a lace up bootie! It adds a sporty/ fun look to an outfit. I got these particular ones from Joesph in Memphis, TN. You can’t go wrong with Stuart Weitzman, always a great fit, and a comfortable shoe.

I will wear this outfit to death! I love this comfy/cute/sexy vibe!

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Lady in Red <3

Lady in Red

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Bikini: Teeny B  Bracelets: Gorjana

Ok so sometimes I just like to rave about products I love! This has to be my all time favorite bikini! I have the pleasure of being a model for a swimwear company called Teeny B Bikinis, and let me tell you, their swimsuits are absolutely fabulous! From fun colors, to all sorts of coverage (or not so much coverage), you can find your perfect swimsuit in their lines!

One thing I love about Teeny B is the fit! I swear every single one of their bikinis fits me like a glove! A lot of my friends that I have brought to the line enjoy the fit as well. They have such a wide variety of suits, you’re definitely going to find something flattering in their mix.

This particular suit has become a new favorite of mine. The high waisted thong bottom lays right at my waistline, and the mesh insert top is covering but also cut in the right places for a sexy look! I get soooo many compliments on this bikini! It’s also super comfortable, and the red coat color really pops!

If you’re looking for the perfect jewelry to throw on for a little something extra for your swimsuit, I highly recommend you check out Gorjana’s pieces. Their daintier pieces are perfect for a poolside, or beach vibe.

Swim looks are a thing of mine! So stay tuned for more poolside vibes and beachwear!

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Bora Bora !

Bora Bora !

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DETAILS

Resort: Four Seasons Bora Bora Pink Swimsuit: Teeny B Black Swimsuit: Beach Bunny Swimwear

Everyone is asking about my recent trip to Bora Bora!!

When you board your boat from the Bora Bora airport to head out to your hotel destination, you’re immediately taken back by the crystal blue water, and the beautiful mountain scenery. I knew Bora Bora was somewhere I always have wanted to go, but I didn’t realize it would be the trip of a lifetime.

I had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Four Seasons Bora Bora, in an over the water bungalow. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. The size of the bungalow is spacious, with a wonderful balcony area that allows you to jump right into the ocean. You have the option for a doors open experience, that allows you to be in the open air at all times, or you can close everything and still look out of the windows. Being that I went during a summer month, I kept everything closed but still enjoyed the beautiful view.
I was lucky enough to stay in Bora Bora for 5 days, and I made the best of my trip!
Day one was spent with a large group of friends by the beautiful pool! We got in from a long day and a half of travel, so the pool was the obvious choice. Drinks and food were served poolside by a staff that knew us all by name. You can see the ocean from the pool, and you are close enough to walk right up to it if you prefer a beach vibe. Its a wonderful place to catch the sunset! We ended the night at dinner at the poolside grill, with live music! Mahi mahi and coconut rice are a must!
Day two, our group took a catamaran to a private island for a group lunch, and private bar! This was probably one of our most fun days. With club music playing, drinks flowing, beautiful scenery, and a great group of friends, it was definitely a blast.
Day three, I hit the spa! THIS SPA WAS TO DYE FOR! I had the Gold Ritual Treatment. It started off with an exfoliating treatment in a private bungalow, right on top of the water. My treatment table looked down at a glass floor where I could see the fish swimming below. After my scrub, I had the polynesian massage, that was done with an oil that had 24k flakes running through it. The massage combines using their arms and elbows for a deeper treatment. To end it, I was given a 24k gold mask that I wore for the last 30 mins of my massage. Such a great combination. I was extremely pleased with my experience, and day at the spa. My treatment time totaled 120 minutes. Once you are done you can stay in the spa facility and enjoy the outdoor hot tub, or their shower facilities. That night we had a group dinner at the sushi restaurant at the resort. Talk about fresh sushi! The rainbow roll was a great combo of tuna, salmon, and scallop, and you can’t go wrong with traditional nigiri. Such a treat.
Day four, I spent the morning drinking coffee with one of my closest friends. We sat on the balcony just enjoying the scenery and chatting. That afternoon we went and hit up the jet ski excursion! We circled the entire island , with a stop in the middle for fresh fruit and pictures! After we got back, we hit the pool! Usually you can find everyone hanging there, and dinner plans are made! We ended up at the poolside grill again that night. The live music, Green T cocktail, and the Mahi Mahi are just unbeatable.
Day five was my last day! Because the travel time to Bora Bora is so long, I really only had until the afternoon to enjoy the day before heading back to Tahiti to begin traveling home. I spent that morning at breakfast with my besties (of course), and then laid by the pool until it was time to leave! If you haven’t noticed, the pool is the place to be.
There are so many wonderful details, and things that happened on this trip that if I included them all this post would be about 5 pages long, so Im giving you the shorter day by day version. I have been asked quite a bit what this trip was like, how the trip was going, if it was as amazing as it seemed, and I wanted to share my experience with you guys! There is snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming with the sharks, private lagoons, private yoga, personal training, and so much more. I was extremely blessed to get to not only go and experience this beautiful place, but also to have been able to do it with such a wonderful group of people!
I HIGHLY recommend Bora Bora and the Four Seasons! It truly was to Dye for!
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