Our Annual Holiday Card

As I have learned, it's never too early to work on your Christmas cards. Actually the earlier the better- one less thing to do as the craziness of the holidays gets near!
This year I went with Basic Invite for our Holiday cards. I was also looking for something that was FUN! In years past we went with a traditional plaid Christmas theme but we were always celebrating something- engagement, wedding, our first house- and this year we have no specific special occasions to celebrate and instead are celebrating a blessed life. So something with a little pink and green seemed fitting!

What I loved about Basic Invite is that all parts of the card can be customized and you can see changes as you make them! And there are over 175 color options- so you can get your exact color! AKA the perfect pink and green!
Another feature of Basic Invite is the backs of all the cards can be completely interchanged with the front. That way you get the best of both! We choose the timeline format and changed all the colors and fonts to match the front.

It's the little details like a matching return address...

And a pretty little gold liner that adds a special touch!
If you are looking for personalized holiday cards this year, make sure to check out Basic Invite! And right now they are offering 30% off!

And as I do every year, if you would like exchange Holiday cards please let me know! I love receiving them from all of you!


Ginger Jar Favorites

I've mentioned this many times before, but I just love ginger jars! I love to collect them when I'm out antiquing or checking out the many estate sales in our neighborhood. I've also fallen for fun accessories with a printed ginger jar pattern.



And a throwback for fun; I was wearing my ginger jar printed scarf at the Met in NYC when I spotted this giant ginger jar!

Are you just as obsessed as I am?!!


Fall Front Porch

I wanted to share our fall front porch before fall slips away and it's officially the Holiday Season!
I kept it rather simple this year, but most notably I switched our old bench for this pair of chairs. I really love the chairs for several reasons- I can add fun pillows (the bench had no back) and CWF and I can now both sit out here in the evenings.

 The pillows were a Target dollar spot find! The perfect color scheme for our green and navy house. The pumpkin wreath and raffia pumpkin are old, but also from Target.



What I Wore: Baptism

A few weeks ago I attended a baptism for my cousin's daughter down in Orange County. If you remember I hosted her baby shower back in March. In the weeks leading up to the baptism I told my cousin I wasn't going to be able to make it due to a few other commitments. But I had a trick up my sleeve... I was flying down to surprise her!! One of my other cousins told everyone she was going to the store but she was really picking me up at the airport. It was such a surprise to everyone when I walked in the door!
The next morning was the Baptism followed by a luncheon. I ended up wearing a wrap dress, nude wedges and a classic clutch. It was perfect for a family event!

It was a such great weekend spent with family! XO


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I have the day off work which makes the day even sweeter! A few of my favorite things from the past week:

We've been working hard in the back yard all summer making a few updates and planting lots of new plants. It's great to see some of our hard work pay off in the way of new blooms on the hydrangeas!

Have you heard that Rifle Paper Co has come out with a new fabric line?! The fabrics are totally gorgeous and at great prices too. I can imagine this one recovered on a accent chair and this one made into a little girls' ruffle dress. 

This week was our annual block party and I made a pineapple upside bundt cake. It was my first attempt at a bundt cake and I think it turned out pretty good!
I used this recipe.

My summer tablescape. Love all the bamboo accents! The napkin rings were a thrift find in Maui and the chairs were a birthday gift. 

What is everyone up to this weekend? After several weekends of travel we are keeping it low-key. And looking forward to watching the Olympics tonight!


Outfit: Easy Summer Dress

Well hello there! It's been a busy summer over here and I'm happy I finally get some time to share some of the things I've been up to!

This dress has been my go-to outfit of the summer. The temps have been over 100 degrees pretty consistently for the last week or two and the lose fit plus lightweight cotton make it an easy choice. Perfect for running errands on the weekend or a happy hour on the back patio.

Lilly Pulitzer Essie Dress

Dress (also in navy!) // Bosom Buddy Bags, Custom Canteen Bag with Gardenia // Palm Beach Sandals (I love ShoeBuy for their free shipping/returns and coupons! I can always get at least 20% off!!)

Bosom Buddy Bags, Lilly Pulitzer

Do you have a 'go-to' summer dress?!



Bosom Buddy Bags Flash Sale

I'm popping in after a short hiatus (I promise to be back soon!) to inform you that my favorite purse company is having a flash sale with 40% off now through Thursday June 29th with the code BBBUSA!!! I really can't say enough good things about Bosom Buddy Bags and their quality and customer service. And did I mention all the bags are totally customizable so the options are really endless!?!?
This is the Custom Baby HHB with an orange/pink/white ribbon and pink round enamel dangle.
They don't usually offer a deal this good so I hope you all check them out!


Cambria + Hearst Castle

Last week I had a few extra days off work so we decided to take a fun little trip to the coast. We woke up early on Wednesday and drove down the 101 to Cambria.

We stayed at the most adorable little Inn by the ocean. They have this boardwalk which was pretty long and great for walking. The weather was absolutely perfect!
There is a Elephant Seal rookery just a few minutes away so we had to check it out.

Look all of them! Don't be deceived they are actually huge; the adult males can get up to 16 feet and 5,000 lbs!
lilly pulitzer cooler
Lilly Cooler (similar) // Monogram cups // Lilly for Target Blanket
 We then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the beach in front of the Inn looking for moonstones and enjoying happy hour.

The next morning we drove a few minutes down the road to Hearst Castle! It was absolutely stunning.
The castle is located in San Simeon on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. And fun fact, the Hearst family sold off some of their property back in the day to my husband's family! 
Dress // Bosom Buddy Bag
 The spring is a great time to visit as all the flowers on the property are in bloom.

I absolutely loved the indoor pool! All the tile work was so beautiful. 

Bosom Buddy Bag Lilly Pulitzer
Everything was just so over the top. It would have been so fun to be an invited guest back in the castle's heyday.
Bosom Buddy Bag
I seriously took the Bosom Buddy Bali Bag (in X-Large) everywhere on this trip. It was the perfect size for my large camera, a sweater, sunglasses, wallet and makeup. I love that the ribbon and motif are totally customizable. This one has a aqua, lime green and white stripe with a starfish (a little nod to Hawaii) but they have so many color options to choose from. Make sure to check out their website.  
Hearst Castle

 If you are ever taking a drive down Highway 1 Cambria and Hearst Castle are worth a stop! Next up is San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.
PS. And because it's Master's Week (are you watching?!!) here's a few little signs I made in the past and plan to recreate this weekend for our viewing party!


Easter Outfit

Happy Monday! I hope your Easter was lovely.
lilly pulitzer
Dress // Shawl // Wedges // Tassel Wallet
 I ended up picking this dress for Easter Sunday service as the colors reminded me of an Easter egg! I paired it with my gold shawl for a little shoulder coverage and gold pep-toe wedges. I choose the Bosom Buddy Bags 'Colored Zippered Wallet in Turquoise Croc-Sand Dollar' but ended up using it as a small clutch.

lilly pulitzer dress

It was perfect! The inside was roomy as I was able to fit my phone, car key, lip gloss and money easily. The color was an exact match to the accents in my dress but the gold sand dollar and tassel charm really was the icing on the cake.

bosom buddy bags

lilly pulitzer bosom buddy bags

 Have a great week! XO


Friday Five

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely week. Looking forward to Easter this Sunday!
I entered a photo contest with Bosom Buddy Bags (a brand that I LOVE) with the prize being a fab Easter basket full of goodies and I would love for you to vote for me!
bosom buddy bags
Just look for this photo and my name, Andrea F. You can click HERE or if you prefer, you can go to the Bosom Buddy Bags Facebook page and find the contest there.

In the coming weeks I will also be showcasing several BB bags with different ways to wear them. AKA outfit posts! I'm really excited to be partnering with them and I can't wait to show you what I've come up with. Stay tuned!

Have you all tried any of the new arrivals from Lilly?! There are so many pretties out right now!
lilly pulitzer betsey
 I especially love the new Betsey top; the fit is extremely flattering. The new southern charm colorway is beautiful too!

 Have you heard of the Eagle Cam? There are two cameras in the nest of a pair of bald eagles who recently hatched babies! It's really interesting to watch and the bald eagle chicks are beyond adorable!

Patio season is upon us!
lilly pulitzer patio
I'm continuing the Lilly theme in the backyard (remember our Lilly for Target umbrella?!) with the Lilly flamingo pillow to match our pink flamingos! And some cute outdoor Lilly wine glasses (similar, I found these at TJ Maxx!). I also hope to plant some plants this weekend and do some sprucing up back there over the next month or so.
What are you all wearing for Easter?! I have two dress options and I'm not sure yet which one. It's either the Mila Lace Shift in Coconut Jungle or the Lyssa Shift in Shrimply Chic. I'll report back next week or you can find me on instagram in the mean time!
Linking up with A.Liz Adventures!


Easter Decor

This Lenten season has flown by and it is already Holy Thursday! As we prepare for Easter this weekend I wanted to share with you our table and a little d├ęcor.
Since we are hosting a brunch I thought I would keep it simple and go with a pink and green theme.
Easter table
Chargers // Monogrammed Napkins // Pink Ombre Candles
pink and green
The bunny place card holders were a Target score last year.

For the menu I am planning to make a lemon bundt cake, a quiche, croissants and of course a little mimosa bar.

pink monogrammed napkins

I absolutely love the font and the quality of these napkins. They are from Monograms, Etc (which I have posted about before) and she has a fabulous selection at great prices.

pink ombre candles
The table is pretty small so I like to keep it clutter free until right before we eat. I'll be bringing out some of our beautiful crystal though!

waterford pitcher
In the corner of the kitchen nook is this little built-in which displays my teacup and kettle collection. I added this fun little bunny banner to the front.
boxwood wreath
And we can't forget the mantle.. and my favorite Andrea by Sadek blue and white bunny!

andrea by sadek bunny

What are your Easter plans?! Are you hosting this year? XO


The Decor Shuffle

Do you ever feel like your house is in a constant shuffle? I moved a plant to the living room for more light and it created a domino effect where I ended up moving about 10 other items all over the house to make up for it. I moved my favorite bamboo chair by the bookcase in the dining room and realized that my new pillow matches the color of the bookcase perfectly. Such a happy little accident and now I am totally loving everything in it's new place!
Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches
Nothing like a little spring rearranging! But that means that next up is the dreaded spring cleaning.
Have you done any spring rearranging or cleaning yet??!


Friday Five

Happy Friday!! I have been exhausted from work lately and I am really looking forward to relaxing this weekend! A few things from my week:
This Saturday (3/12) is one of my favorite events of the year, Lunch at Lilly. I remember in years past when you could actually win a lunch/trip to the Lilly headquarters to meet Lilly herself. Nowadays its just a gift with purchase sale, but still good none the less! Is anyone trying to get the bike?!
lilly pulitizer
I've got my eye on a few dresses for Easter, the Tessa shift dress in 'Green Sheen Fronds Place' and the Raegan Fit & Flare dress in 'Resort White Happiness Is'. I also think the Karlie Wrap Romper would be so fabulous come summer!

I got the most perfect pink monogrammed napkins from Monograms, Etc right before Valentines Day and used them at the brunch I hosted for my friends, but of course I forgot to take good pictures of the whole setup. I'm looking forward to setting our table and decorating this weekend in preparation for Easter and I hope to share pictures next week!

A sweet friend I met through Instagram started up her own business, called Oh Shello selling the cutest shell necklaces. She customizes the colors of the beads for you and they are a perfect match to Lilly!
I have been wearing mine non stop!
Links I love this week: A coworker sent me a video to a Ted Talk a few days ago about how to raise brave girls. We obviously don't have kids, but it spoke to how I could be brave myself. Also if you watch make-up tutorials you might find this video on 'Trumping' extremely funny.. and yes, it is about how to get Donald Trump's 'look'.
Recently, CWF's family put together an exhibit and talk at the local museum about their history in the area.  The turnout for the talk (about 50 people!) was fantastic and it was a really proud day for the family. Afterwards, I thought it would be fun (?!) to take a photo-op on this donkey in the yard.
As always, linking up with April of A.Liz Adventures for today's Friday Five.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! XO
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