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The Proper Peony

The Proper Peony Dresses: Finding Favorites

My introduction to the brand The Proper Peony came through Instagram. A long time friend had her daughter dressed in the sweetest little dress and I decided that Little Miss needed one too. There was one problem, I couldn’t find it. The Proper Peony is a small but very popular brand. The dresses are hand embroidered and that limits production numbers. Many boutiques only get one size each in each style (if that), and they occasionally have waiting lists for dresses. I eventually located the dress in a The Proper Peony Buy/Sell/Trade group and I paid more than retail. Now we’ve acquired more than 10 The Proper Peony Dresses in an assortment of sizes (not all sizes are available in all styles), I thought I would share a few tips for locating your favorite The Proper Peony Dress. Just a little FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post; I’m just a The Proper Peony enthusiast.

The Proper Peony

Little Miss in her The Proper Peony Pink Stella

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Fresh Picks: 10 Adorable & Affordable Children’s Clothing Companies

Whether you’re looking to dress your favorite southern tot or trying to find an heirloom quality piece as a gift, this list of adorable and affordable children’s clothing companies has something for you. We carefully curated this list from companies that we have personally ordered from, or they came highly recommended by family and friends.

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Orvis Women's Spring Fashion line

Orvis Women’s Spring Clothing Line

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

I try to maintain a wardrobe that has a small mix of seasonally trendy items, and the rest of my pieces are timeless staples that look great season after season. Many of the items from Orvis Women’s Spring Clothing line will never go out of style. There is an added bonus to buying Orvis clothing: it can withstand several seasons of wear. Here are two of my favorite pieces from the Orvis Women’s Spring line, and I’m sharing a high value Orvis coupon code at the end of this post.

Orvis Women's Spring Clothing

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spring break packing tips

$50 Spring Shopping Challenge & OshKosh Giveaway

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’Gosh for the Everywhere Society; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. #OshKoshKids #BreakForSpring”
Can you believe spring is finally just around the corner? We had an incredibly short and harsh winter in Kentucky. It was 75 on Christmas and then the temperature plummeted. We were blanketed with snow for nearly 6 weeks straight, which is rough when you live in southern Kentucky. I’m not fond of snow, and I like it even less since I fell and broke my hand when walking on snow and ice. It nearly ruined Gabe’s birthday party, too. School was canceled for a week and half before his party, and I struggled to get invites to classmates. Jeremy’s dad had to take a tractor to the driveway to remove the snow so people could park. Snow is good for a day of sledding, and that’s about it. I believe saying that we’re ready for spring break is an understatement. The real question should be, “Spring break, are you ready for us?” Who’s ready to #BreakForSpring?
Today, I’m sharing a $50 Spring Shopping Challenge and I’m giving away a $50 OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to help with your own $50 Spring Shopping Challenge. You’ll need to scroll all the way to the bottom to find out how to enter for your chance to win. This year I challenged myself to spend only $50 to purchase Gabe a few new outfits for spring break. You can browse through the looks I created using only $50, and maybe you can get a few ideas for spring looks. You can also print this coupon or use the online code Spring16 to save 25% off your order (some restrictions apply).
$50 Spring Style Challenge

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The Longest Ride Partners with Ariat

Call me a country girl, but I love a good cowboy flick; when you combine this with a Nicholas Sparks novel, I have a reason to get excited. On April 10, The Longest Ride will hit theaters. The storyline involves two couples who were born decades apart, but who both had to figure out if their love was worth the sacrifice they would have to endure.

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A #DeedADay & 100 Good Deeds

Some estimates suggest that nearly 40% of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution; most of those resolutions are for self-improvement. What if you could make a resolution that would not only improve your life but also improve the lives of those around you, and possibly impact someone halfway around the world? Have you considered pledging to perform 100 “good deeds” in 2015 or purchasing a 100 Good Deeds bracelet? Wear a 100 Good Deeds bracelet as a reminder to keep your resolution to perform 100 good deeds in 2015.

100 Good Deeds Bracelet

 

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Boots & Shorts: Country Outfitter

Boots are typically a part of every woman’s wardrobe. Despite humid southern weather, they are a year round staple in my wardrobe. I will pair them with dresses, skirts, pants, leggings and even shorts. They are stylish, and often functional since I live on a farm. My closet is full of riding boots, rain boots, cowboy boots, and even the not so
functional bootie.

Shoes are like jewelry; they can make or break an outfit. They can spice up even the most casual attire.

A good boot has the ability to accentuate your legs, and make your look taller and leaner. I always stand a little taller when I am wearing one of my favorite pairs of boots.

I have a “no holds barred” approach to boots. I will wear them out on a date, a night with my girls, while working on the farm, and even to church on Sunday. Boots are fun and versatile.
When I was a young girl my mother had a pair of black suede boots with fringes, I would cringe when she wore them. I was such a silly little girl; my Mom loved those boots, and she was comfortable in them. Who was I to judge her sense of style? I now attribute my love of boots to her.
I’m a tall girl, so it is easier for me to pull off a tall boot. This Ariat Legend boot purchased from Country Outfitter ends mid-calf. You need to match your boot shaft height to your leg length and calf width. I always read the product description for measurements because photographs can be deceiving. A boot that is too tall or too short can actually make your legs appear shorter.

And don’t forget toe shape! The toe of your boot is equally important. Toe shapes include pointed, square, and round. Pointed toe boots can elongate your legs.

If you wear boots with shorts, you should select a boot and heel height that is flattering to the length of your shorts. The top of your boots shouldn’t be too close to the hem of your shorts (unless you are a stylish toddler wearing your favorite pair of John Deere boots).
These are just tips; you should choose whatever boot you feel comfortable in and will fit your sense of style.

Are boots in your wardrobe? Do you consider them seasonal wear or do you rock your boots year round?

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