BLOWING ROCK

A couple of weekends ago, I took a short trip to the little mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC. The town hasn’t changed much as a whole, but the shops have improved significantly and I really enjoyed sticking my head in every one of them. The air is cool there, which makes the flowers last so much longer and beautifully arranged planters and flower beds are everywhere.

I fell in love with a tiny store called Take Heart that happens to be in one of the oldest buildings in the town. They sell flowy tunics, night gowns and little rememberances. I purchased a super cute top ($29.50/could only find the yellow version online), white bon bon ($17.50/not pictured) earrings and a Lulie Wallace lunch pale ($17.50).

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Down the way, I popped in Finley House Couture and fell in love with these Susan Shaw earrings. Because I work at a resort built around Equestrian Sport, I had to have them.

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I also stopped in a quirky store called Mrs. Brumbles. It was full to the brim with victorian lamps, jeweled figurines and positively littered with funky jewelry. What really caught my eye were the small selection of shawls. They looked just like the cashmere poncho/shawls you would find in a really fine boutique, but they were acrylic and only $30! Of course I bought two… one pale green and one red. I don’t have photographs of them so I will have to post about them when I wear them next.

Blowing Rock is a super cute place with fun restaurants and the scent of fresh fudge billowing rom their centrally located Kilwins can be smelled all over town. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer and a very pleasant place to take a stroll. I’m going to be spending more time there in the summers now that I know how easy it is to get to!

PASSING ON THE IWATCH

I have decided not to get an iWatch after all. Hearing so many mixed reviews has made me very hesitant to spend that much on one item that I will probably be frustrated by.

Instead, I purchased the updated version of my old Fitbit.

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I bought this about a week ago and I had trouble getting it to synch right from the get go. I contacted Fitbit’s online support and they sent a replacement that same week. The new one works perfectly and I LOVE it!

I am back on track with my steps with its reminders to move, I don’t miss a call now that it vibrates to alert me, it can also tell you when you get a text. I like that it’s small and doesn’t steal attention from my bracelets. It’s just what I needed!

They are listed as $99.95 on Fitbit’s website, but I bought mine at Best Buy for only $59.96. Sometimes it does pay to visit the store!

STACKABLE JEWELRY BOX

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The speaker I purchased on Prime day turned out to be a dud and I had to return it.
Instead of replacing it, I took advantage of a sale at the Container Store and bought my dream jewelry box. I have been stalking their site for a while and am really excited about this order.

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This order should have cost $99.97, but the promotion took of $25.00!
I have also recently joined Ebates and I should be getting 4% cash back from my order.

THE AKOLA PROJECT

I believe I have established that my cabin has terrible lighting and I do the best I can with what I have. With that in mind, here is an all white get-up that was perfect to battle this summer humidity while still being comfortable in the sub zero temps of the average office in the summertime.

Linen Shirt: Old from Old Navy  | Jeans: J.Crew | Shoes: J.Crew | Necklace: The Akola Project

I ordered this super cute necklace from The Akola Project last week and LOVE IT.
They were having a major sale on their website and I snagged this $86.00 necklace for only $35.00! They are still on sale and come in a variety of colors. You can also choose between a star or a cross. Check them out now before the sale disappears!

BETTER THAN EXPECTED

A couple of weeks ago I bought a pair of earrings through an Instagram sale.
They looked cute in the photo but I wasn’t too impressed when they arrived. It turns out that they are actually pretty great.

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Apologies for the dumb selfie.

I wore them for the first time over the weekend and I’m in love!
They were perfect with my teal piped sweater!

Keep an eye on this vendor through Instagram.
You never know what might pop up!

BON BONS TO FOLLOW TASSELS

Not only are tassels a huge fad right now, so are bon bon earrings. It’s crazy how quickly these caught on! Like the original tassels, the original bon bons are very expensive.

Once again, thanks to Etsy, we can get the look for less.

These earrings are super cute and well made.
I bought them in yellow because it’s just such a happy splash of color.
This vendor does offer different styles and other colors.

INSTA SALE

I love Instagram!

I’m not sure how I stumbled onto this account, but I’m so glad I did.
I believe the background story is this is a new store in Texas and while their store and website are developing, they are selling items via Instagram.

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I decided to try it out and bought the teal beaded earrings circled below and they are great!

They are selling the cutest things and the prices are reasonable! Check them out!
@luckypeacockdesigns