Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What I Wore at Nemacolin II

Today I'm sharing another round of what I wore while at Nemacolin. You can see the first post, here. I'm sharing another casual outfit and a dressier outfit. Today's post has many more photos than usual, so please keep scrolling! 

Quilted Jacket (c/o, under $200)// Cream Sweater (c/o, under $65)
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This first outfit is what I wore on Sunday morning. We grabbed some coffee and enjoyed the brisk morning. We had been having unseasonably warm days in Pittsburgh, so it was so wonderful to have a truly 'fall' feel in the air! I wanted to wear something simple and comfortable because I also knew I'd be in the car for a bit before we got back to Pittsburgh.

I've raved about these jeans before, but really they are so comfortable. They are jeans, but really feel more like your favorite pair of leggings. They are super high waisted so they really suck you in. The ankle is very skinny so they're the perfect jeans for tucking into boots and booties! They run true to size, although a bit big in the waist, so if you are in between sizes, I suggest sizing down. I'm wearing a size 2.

This sweater is something I've been wearing non-stop. It's such a classic closet staple. At under $65, it's just a great basic to have on hand year round.

And lastly, isn't this navy blue quilted coat just gorgeous? It makes me feel as though I should be vacationing in the English country side! I love the details such as the corduroy collar and the classic tartan lining. It's the perfect coat for fall and spring. If you live in the south, it would probably make the perfect winter coat. It's lightly padded but not something I'd suggest wearing in snowy conditions! One of my favorite things about this jacket is that it is slightly longer than the Annandale  jacket. It's also more fitted so it gives you a nice, tailored shape.

Cap-Toe Slingback Shoes// Lip Color (in 200 night berry)
Chanel Bag (similar)// Flower Earrings (c/o)
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This outfit is a bit fancier, don't you think?! I have worn this lace top SO much lately. It's the perfect dressier top that you can pair with both jeans and skirts (see me wearing it with a skirt, here). I wore this outfit while lounging in the beautiful Chateau Lafayette Tea room and enjoying a cocktail from the lobby bar. It was the perfect balance of dressy, but also comfortable and not over-the-top. 

I don't typically think of myself as trendy, but I felt very on-trend in my Victorian style top and velvet pants. I actually think velvet pants are timeless. I've worn them for years- even when my mom was still dressing my sister and I! However, since velvet is very on trend right now, there are SO many velvet pant options. It's likely your favorite brand of jeans also makes your favorite style in velvet, too!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Olay 28 Day Challenge

If you’ve been following along on social media, then you know I’ve been taking part in the Olay 28 Day Challenge. Well, the 28 days have come and gone and I am so glad to report that I have not only seen positive results but also love the products. I also found it so easy to incorporate them into my everyday routine!

What are the products?
I have been using the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel.

Are these products right for me?
You can visit Olay Skin Advisor, the most precise skin diagnosis available to the public, so that you can experience the easy, timesaving way to make a decision about what regimen is right for you. It's really neat because you actually take a photo of your bare skin and then you can express your skin concerns and preferences. Then, they give you a 'skin age' and recommendations for products specifically for your skin. The #1 product recommended for me when I used the Olay Skin Advisor was the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15!

What is the Challenge?
I stopped using my daily moisturizer and my eye cream and replaced them with the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel for 28 days. I use the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel in the morning and at night and the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 in the morning.  Since I was just swapping these products into my routine it was SO easy to take this challenge!

I was super intrigued by this challenge because when a brand promises you will love their product, you're always skeptical, right? But the fact that Olay actually encourages you to take the 28 Day Challenge because they're so confident that you'll see results, is intriguing!

What were my results?
The first week....

Immediately even after just one day of using the products, my skin felt moisturized. I often find that my skin is dry, especially as the seasons change, and these two products kept my skin feeling hydrated. I also liked how the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel is cooling, so as soon as you apply it to your eye area, you feel instantly more awake!

Three Weeks In...
I don't really have wrinkles yet, but I'm all about prevention. I love that the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer has SPF 15 so my skin is always protected. I also love that it leaves my skin feeling soft and even. The moisturizer is lightweight but very moisturizing without leaving you shiny! It's a great base for makeup, but also great for days when I go makeup-free too, because my skin feels so radiant. The moisturizer provides 7 benefits in 1: replenishes moisture, evens skin tone and appearance, enhances brightness, visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness, and visibly reduces dark spots. After about 3 weeks, I definitely noticed clearer looking skin.

Final Thoughts...
I LOVE Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel the most because of its consistency. I've never used an eye gel before and this one goes on so easily. You only need to use a tiny bit. After using it for 28-days straight, I still have 3/4 of a tub left! Also, the gel stays cool so as your putting it on your eyes in the morning, it's the most refreshing feeling and you notice yourself looking more awake almost immediately. Throughout the 28-day challenge my face never felt dry thanks to the moisturizer and I felt as though I could walk out of the house makeup free because my skin looks so great!

Where Can I Find the Products?
Both the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel can be found in stores nation-wide such as Target and Walgreens. You can also purchase them online.
The first 15 people can use coupon code: 28DAYS8187 to receive $40 off your purchase at Olay.com. So checkout the Skin Advisor and take the challenge, too!

Overall, I'm so pleased with the results from the Olay 28 Day Challenge. I'm also glad to have two new products to add to my routine- especially because they cost a lot less than the other products I was using! Thank you to Olay for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Shopping 10/14/2017

Happy weekend, everyone! Does anyone have anything fun planned?! Last night I went out for drinks/dinner and then this morning I'm going antiquing and out to breakfast. Then, later, I am headed to dinner with my family because my aunt and uncle are in town. Sunday, I'm having people over for the Steeler's game. A quiet but fun weekend because last weekend I was away and next weekend I'll be away, too!

I didn't find too much online this week, but there are a few good ones in there! Scroll through the widget about to check it out!

Did you catch the posts from this week? This week I talked about...
Emotional Labor- loved everyone's comments/input!
2 outfits I wore at Nemacolin- one dressy, one casual!
How To Free Up Space On Your Phone/Computer
Lots of random tidbits in Thursday's Lately
What to Wear at Keeneland
- BONUS: My feature on the Draper James blog about Keeneland

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What to Wear to Keeneland In the Fall

What to Wear to Keeneland In the Fall

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Today I have some very exciting news: I was featured on the Draper James blog! I am so excited and it was lots of fun answering some Keeneland questions! So today on Summer Wind, I'm also talking about Keeneland! If you aren't familiar, Keeneland is a racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky and hosts horse races twice a year: in October and April! I've gone to both the fall and spring races in the past so I was excited to attend again this year! 

I've been to Lexington several times before because my younger sister, Callie, went to the University of Kentucky (she graduated in 2016). Now, our close family friend (she might as well be a cousin), Bailey goes to UK so we still have a great excuse to visit the gorgeous town! 
We went to Keeneland on Saturday of opening weekend. It's one of the events that I most look forward to. You get all dressed up, tailgate, and then head in to watch the races... and place some bets! 

The grounds are always immaculately kept and tailgating in the rolling fields of bluegrass is so. much. fun. We set up a table filled with snacks and cocktails and enjoyed the super warm day. 
The Draper James in Lexington (at Fritz Farm)
This year, I opted to go with this gorgeous lace number by Draper James! You can also shop the brand at Nordstrom! I love that the beautifully intricate lace is outlined with navy blue. It really makes the lace pop! I also love the half sleeves with the added ruffle at the end. It's a pretty straight fit. I originally got the two, but it was tight in my shoulders/chest area so I switched for the 4 which was more comfortable! I'd say if you are at all curvy to size up! 

I think this dress would also be perfect for any fall/winter wedding festivities if you are a bride-to-be! I really think the navy detailing brings it into the fall/winter months seamlessly! If you are in the Lexington area, Draper James has the most darling boutique located at Fritz Farm! It was definitely decor goals with the beautifully upholstered furniture and pops of blue and white everywhere! Not to mention it was filled to the brim with all the gorgeous fall pieces!

If you are going to Keeneland, my biggest suggestion is to dress for the weather. You're probably thinking, duh. But really, it can get muddy if at all wet- so even rain boots are a good option. I've also been when it's really cold and you need a coat/sweater/etc. And this past weekend, it was super hot so we were prepared with lots of water. 
While at Keeneland, besides placing bets or cheering on the horses, it's also really cool because you can 'meet' the horses, pet them, and snap a pic with them. That's one of my favorite parts! They're all so beautiful. 

They also have food/drinks (a stand with Moet champagne!) and a gift shop. And when I say gift shop, it sounds cheesy/touristy, right? Well this is basically the best gift shop EVER and you do not want to miss it. It's beautiful inside and has so many gorgeous pieces of clothing, silk scarves, housewares, brands like Barbour, Draper James, etc. They also have branded Keeneland items but even those are adorable. This is also where you can find hats and fascinators galore!

All in all, it's so much fun and definitely worth attending. It goes through October and then is back again in April! Thanks again for Draper James for having me on their blog
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Lately 10/12/2017

With this week's update, I bring good news about my apartment. I am glad to report that it is in tip top shape!! All of the work was finally finished in my apartment on Monday and then it was up to me to get everything cleaned and organized. 

I'll be honest, my patience was tested more than a few times this week, but it's all good! PHEW. So glad that's over with and now I feel so renewed and relaxed that everything is as perfect as it is going to get! 

This weekend, I have drinks/dinner plans to a place I haven't been in a while. I'm going to a really cool charity sale that my Grammie volunteers for... I'm SO excited for the sale. It's antiques... everything from china to furniture! I am going to need to restrain myself because I don't need anything/have nowhere to put anything!! Also, my aunt and uncle are in town, so I'll be glad to spend some time with them. 

Wearing: I was sent these jeans and I think they're my most favorite jeans EVER. Seriously. They're slightly cropped at the ankle which makes it easy to wear with pretty much any shoe, they have a ton of stretch in them without losing their shape after a wear, and they're pretty high waisted and have a panel in the front that really sucks you in and gives you a good shape. They're beyond comfortable, they might as well be leggings. Online they're showing as a lighter wash, but I definitely think they're much darker in person. They also run big. I am wearing a size 2 and they're fine everywhere but slightly big in the waist. Also, this pullover is amazing. If you can, check my insta stories and you can see me talking about it there. It's inexpensive and comes in a few colors. I got a size small!
Silk Blouse// Faux suede skirt (it's burgundy- hard to tell in this photo!)
Wearing II: I wore this out to dinner last Friday night. We were in Lexington, KY and went to the Julep Cup! It was hot in Kentucky so this was a great way to 'look like fall' without having to wear heavy pieces.

Eating: Pumpkin. Spice. Shredded. Wheat. Surely this is like eating candy for breakfast, but it is SO good. If you like pumpkin spice, run to the store and grab these. I'm addicted (insert pig emoji here).
Eating II: I loveee homemade tacos. I make it at least once a month if not more. I usually use ground turkey for meat and sometimes I'll just make a 'bowl'. But my secret with the meat is to use a low sodium taco seasoning packet and a can of green chiles. I find that the chiles make it so much more flavorful! Also another favorite for taco night? Taco bell mild sauce. Probably really bad for you but it's soooooo good. 

Drinking: I posted this cocktail recipe last October and I think I'm going to make it again this weekend! It's the absolute perfect fall drink and is a real crowd pleaser!

Reading: This print campaign is pretty darn cool... and that's saying a lot in 2017! 

Sale-ing: Dermstore is having 20% off site-wide through 10/16 (use code FRIENDS). If you aren't familiar, it's a great site to score all of your favorite skincare and makeup products. I ordered the mini Baume de Rose by Terry balm that everyone is talking about. I got the small size because it is pricey, so I wanted to make sure it's worth the hype before I purchase the full size. It ends up being only $15.20 and you get free shipping. 

Who else is totally into How To Get Away With Murder and This Is Us?! I am behind on This Is Us. I hope to be able to catch up this weekend! 

Listening: I just started October's playlist... a little late, I know! But I honestly haven't been listening to much lately. I feel like I've had so much going on that I haven't really had a long drive or quiet time to myself to focus on music. Which is something I need to make time for because I love finding new music! 

Loving: My newest obsession is M-61's powerglow peel (also here and here). Seriously they are life changing. I use them primarily when I travel because they are individually wrapped, but just bought the larger box of them because even if I just use them once, they make my skin look amazing the next day. They are a little drying, though, so make sure you're moisturizing while using them. They reduce my breakouts and take care of current break outs but also make my pores look smaller and just make my skin look overall clearer.

Loving II: Did you see Tory Burch's collaboration with Kenneth Jay Lane? Such fun pieces, don't you think? 

 I don't need this down coat at all, but I absolutely love it! I'm also eyeing these slippers. I need a new pair- my other pair has been so loved, it's time to get rid of them.  These bow flats FINALLY came out and I am just swooning. I remember seeing them during fashion week and pinning them and now they're finally here. I am trying to hold off on buying much right now since I'll be in Paris a month from now! This parka is back this year and in a few new colors. I have the gray and my mom has the black. We both love them SO much. 

Traveling: I'm staying put this weekend, but next weekend I am headed to Charlotte with my parents to visit Callie and celebrate my mom's birthday! I'm so excited! 

Quoting: 'You can't calm the storm so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.'// See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How To Free Up Space On Your Phone and Computer

How To Free Up Space On Your Phone and Computer
You guys. I just 'cleaned up' my digital world in the past few days and can I just say how refreshing it is?! Overall, my Macbook/Hard drive/iPhone/etc. is pretty tidy, but this was a total sweep of everything. 

I thought I'd do a post on this because sometimes it's hard to know where to start. I'd suggest choosing one project per day/night and go with it until you're finished... then start another one. By taking on too much, you risk not doing the best job/ not taking the time the task deserves. So here are the steps I took (you'll notice this is all iPhone/Mac related as that's what I have and use!)....

Back It Up// This is going to be my suggested first step in anything you do digitally. Back it up. Always. Daily. Back. It. Up. 

Get rid of apps you don't use// this one is pretty quick and easy- but getting rid of apps you never use will free up space and get rid of app clutter. 

File and Sort Your Apps// Everyone has a system as to how their apps are sequenced or grouped... or do they? 

Get Rid of Your Red Notifications// I have the red notifications turned off for a lot of my apps. The 'red' drives me nuts and makes me feel scatter brained! Either turn off some of your badges or go through and check messages/e-mails/etc. to get rid of the red. When I updated my phone to OS 11, it automatically turned on notifications for news. I went in and turned it off! 

Delete photos// I'd say if you don't want to technically get rid of everything, you can move your entire photo library to a hard drive or cloud storage system. But.... then, start deleting. Delete doubles, triples, etc. Delete old images, clean out your screenshots and more. Depending on how many photos you have, this could be quick or could be time consuming. For me, this took FOREVER. But so worth it. I'm no longer scrolling for minutes looking for a photo from last year and it freed up a lot of space, too! 

Delete Voicemails// I loathe voicemails. I never delete them.. until now. I just deleted a ton and it took all of 3 minutes!

Update Your Software// I typically update my iPhone a few days or a few weeks after the software is released. I let a few days pass so Apple can workout the kinks. But, if you haven't, try it! Your phone will likely run faster.

Back It Up// Duh. I use this hard drive to backup my computer manually. I basically work off of it and don't really keep anything on my Macbook. You'll notice it is only 2TB. Which is a TON of storage. But I don't like to buy anything larger than that because I like to get a new one every once in a while. I then file 

Protect Your Hardware// You want to make sure you're properly storing your hardware and have cases for all sorts of things. I've been known to toss my computer right into a tote without anything to protect it. But, I know better than that! I also use this to protect my hard drive.... it's great for storage while at home, but the best for travel! I've had mine for a few years, so if you want to spend $2 or $3 more, I would definitely get this case since it's considered 'shock proof'. Callie uses a hard case to protect her computer- which is on 24/7. I personally don't like that, so I leave my computer bare while at home and then use a padded sleeve for travel. 

Clean Up Your Desktop// As I said before, I have almost nothing on my desktop, but if you're one of those people that has everything on your desktop, consider creating folders to stay more organized. I never let a file 'float' without a home... basically every single file has a home in a folder somewhere. 

Clean Up Your Applications// Do you have apps on your hard drive that you never use? Chances are they're taking up a ton of space. Get rid of them so you can free up space and your computer will likely run faster!

Name Your Files Appropriately// If you're like me, you have a TON of files. If you want to find a paper you wrote back in 10th grade (I still have those!), then make sure you are naming things appropriately. Even if you have a really good filing system down, sometimes things can get lost in the cracks and that's when search really comes in handy! 

Clean Up Your Hard drive// I have an app called 'disk doctor' which is amazing. It scans my computer for things taking up space that I don't necessarily need. I run it weekly and let it delete items that are just sitting there taking up space. 

Clear Your Download Folder// I'm constantly uploading and downloading, but do you just let your download folder fill up? Definitely take a look and sort through things that you want to keep or get rid of. I suggest removing everything from your download folder and sorting/filing it away at least weekly!

Update Your Software// Just like I mentioned for your iPhone, do this for your computer. I just updated to High Sierra and it was such a welcome change. I hadn't done an update in a long while and once it updated, there was a ton of space freed up and my computer started running like new again! 

So there you have it- some of my tips! If you have any great tips, leave them in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What I Wore at Nemacolin

 Dress (under $150)// Heels 
Lip Color (200 night berry)// Cashmere Wrap
Chanel Bag (similar)
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I shared my weekend at Nemacolin last week! It was SO much fun. I am already dreaming of another trip! In the meantime, I'm perusing through what I wore throughout the trip. I thought I'd share a few today and then a few next week- I have so many photos so the posts started to get long! 

So today I'm sharing my outfit from our dinner at Aqueous, which is located at the Falling Rock boutique hotel. I'd say the restaurant was pretty dressy. I was originally worried I was a bit over dressed, but then so glad I went with this LBD. It's under $150 and beyond comfortable. It has a big of a swing silhouette, but not so much that excess fabric swallows you. There is a bit of a ruffled collar/neckline as well as a tie in the back that creates the most darling little bow! I carried my cashmere wrap- something I always have on hand and was also glad to have that since it was a bit chilly. 

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Now for a casual outfit! I wore this to the Field Club for clay shooting. It was early in the morning, so it was a bit chilly. Layers were definitely necessary. I know this vest has been extremely popular in the past few years and while I think it's overdone, I'm also not about to give mine up. There's a real reason as to why it's so popular. 

It is a GREAT layering piece. I think it's great for those of you who live in warmer climates and may not need a coat or for those where it gets absolutely freezing and you wear this as just one of your many layers. I also love that this quilted vest can be dressed up or down. I have a Patagonia down vest, and while I love it, I think this vest looks just a little 'nicer'. 

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