Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Camo Is King: The Trend That Keeps On Living

 If I had any doubt as to whether or not camo is continuing to trend, this week's mail circulars put an end to them. From head to toe, camo is featured on both men and women, young and old. Each season I wonder if this is the one where I have to pack up my collected camo. Not yet, my dears, not yet! For this reason, I think a camo highlight is in order.

Go For The Jacket or Blazer!

I picked up this blazer on clearance at Lucky Brand in Austin, Texas last year and it's been on repeat since - weather permitting of course. Durn Florida!  Surprisingly, and yet not a surprise, it goes with just about everything I own. I've layered over dresses as well as tops. And don't fear those prints because camo loves flowers and stripes and much as we do. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Why I Chose a Corded Shark Vacuum

shark vacuum

Before I understood what blogging even was, I followed Mary Hunt's Everyday Cheapskates. I'd get her emails and excitedly read her reviews and her tips, as well as reader tips she'd share. I learned a lot from Ms. Mary and made more than one consumer choice based on her recommendation. She's the real deal and I'm happy to say she's still busting out good content.

One of the products I purchased based on her review was the Shark Navigator Pro. I loved the hose, tools, and the easy cleaning system. However, last month my sweet hubby decided to vacuum his new-to-him john boat while it was still damp. After a few days, I went to use my vacuum and almost choked on the old fish smell. Yuck! In addition, the motor didn't seem to appreciate the fish smell either (ok, it was the water).

I decided to search for Mary's blog and see if she updated her vacuum post. Well, she did! And guess what? She still recommends the Shark Pro if you're shopping for a corded vacuum. I ordered one off of Amazon that she linked. It's even better than our last Shark and at $199 it's affordable!

Sometimes a cord is annoying but honestly, battery charging, etc is a nuisance to me. Pros and cons, right?

The vacuum is lightweight with a removable base for convenient stair vacuuming or when you need to get in those more awkward places.  
Shark Navigator Pro
I love the attachments! The hose comes with three attachments. One with a brush, a narrow headpiece for hard to reach places, and a pet tool. 

Shark Navigator

The pet tool is a must in my house with a dog AND cat that sheds! I use that pet tool over every cushion and pillow in this house. Sometimes I even go over my bedspread in between washes since we let our pets have full reign. Sigh. 

Maintenance is easy! After the job is done, I dump out the dirt and debris and the filter is periodically cleaned with warm soap and water. 
What is your vacuum of choice? Is cordless a must for you? It's been about three months since I replaced my old Shark with this new Shark and I'm still loving it. Thankfully, Shark continues to make good quality vacuums. 

*Photos were taken by the lovely Emma at Emma Renee Photography.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Three Outfits, One Stinking Cute Pair of Shoes

Jambu & Co

Hello and join me in officially welcoming fall! Oh, I know so many have long decorated their homes and cleared the Target dollar spot while sipping their PSL.  Are you guilty? Of course, there's no judgment.  I'd probably be the same way if not for my penchant for procrastination. Oh, and that unexpected visit to the ER, and well, let's just say September almost dropped off my calendar! 

Was it one of those four Rowdy boys? No, my friends. It was me unknowingly facing death's door with blood clots in the legs that ended up with a diagnosis of five pulmonary embolisms! Praise God I'm still here. There's much I could share (and have on IG), but today's post is on SHOES: wonderful, comfortable, stylishly fun, and adventure-loving shoes! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Denim Jacket Round Up

denim jacket

Hello, my dears! How are you this week? By the end of summer, I think it's fun to go back and see all the documented outfits I styled with the classic, closet staple: the jean jacket! And how far the denim jacket has come, right? Now we have them in various lengths, washes, dyes, cuts, etc! However, I must admit that somehow I'm down to only one - ha! Whatever is the matter with me? Perhaps I can speak to the minimalists out there? That being said, feel confident that this post will be short, sweet, and simple.  Also, I had some unexpected events over the last week. I've shared in detail on Instagram stories, but if you are curious you can still listen in on Highlights


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Summer Fashion Wrap Up & Link UP

Hello and welcome to September, right? Fall is right around the corner for many of you, so I thought this would be a good time to wrap up my favorite summer pieces. For one, you may want to grab these items, or similar pieces while they're on sale. For another, those of us in a warmer climate will be sporting short sleeves and the like for weeks to come! I've listed discount codes where applicable and linked items that are still available. Also, don't forget to link up your favorite fashion or beauty posts with us this week!

Shoes For The Win!

The Most Worn

These shoes are absolutely the most comfortable shoes. I thought that the orange would deter me from wearing them with certain colors, etc. Well, it doesn't. I wear these almost daily. And guess what? They're still available. Orange will be perfect for fall, but I'm debating on another color just for kicks! ;) The wedge sneakers are priced at $89.00. However, code Rowden20 will save you 20%! 

Aria Slip On Sneaker - c/o Enjoiya

The Most Fun
This was my first pair of yellow shoes - ever! Well, you know what? I don't think I've ever owned an orange pair either. Guess I'm stepping out more. Another pun! These sandals are 59.99, but once again Rowdens20 will save you 20%!
The Most Classic
I had to throw in a classic pair that I can dress up or down with an ankle strap. Boy, do I love those ankle straps! This pair is the most affordable, for 19.99 at Target! They are so cute, but I admit they aren't as comfortable for longer stints. 

Most Interesting Prints

Caite & Kyla obviously takes great pride in their prints and designs! This company assisted me in leveling up my closet and I'm only happy to assist by sharing those fab designs with you lovelies! Like many companies, their summer line is currently on sale with several pieces that would transition well into fall! GranolaNGrace is still active for 20% off!

Unique & Detailed Designs...

Style Hack
Layering a tee over a dress is by no means new, but for some reason, I rarely attempted it until this summer. Crazy, right? It's a creative way to get more use out of our dresses AND I find it more comfortable than wearing a skirt. This also helps transition your clothes from summer to fall. 
Most Comfortable Shorts
From spring all the way through summer, these shorts became a regular staple. They're soft with plenty of pockets for functionality and the elastic waistband brings on all the comfort! These shorts run around $54 but once again there's a code for 20% off - GRANOLA20 !
Most Adventurous Pants
These turned out to be incredibly comfortable and stylishly fun. Once again I felt a level of risk when I chose these palazzo pants, but they turned out to be incredibly comfortable and stylishly fun. They received numerous compliments as well. And of course, they're still available from XCVI. 

Accessory Love
I love stacking bracelets or rings and this summer I began working with a unique, boho-lovely brand known as Luca Love. This stack of three is only the beginning as they continually create new designs to love! As for the code, you can use this LINK or type in GranolaNGraceF20 at checkout. 

Alright my friends, what were your summer favorite pieces? Did you end up wearing dresses more, or shorts more? 


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