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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blog Tips: Staying Organized


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If you already have a blog of your own where you post fairly regularly, you know how difficult it can be to stay organized, especially if you have a full-time job on top of that. By the way, check out a blogging Q&A interview I did recently for Bond Twenty right here! I still have a long way to go when it comes to organization but I've also come a very long way since I first created my blog. Now that wedding planning has started, I don't really have a choice but to get my booty in gear and schedule things out! I figured I would share the strategies that have worked for me so far and please share some of your own in the comments! Blogging is a never-ending learning curve and every single day I learn something new. 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shifting Things

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Wedding Brunch Styled By Whiskey & White Events

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Last August, TJ and I had the fun opportunity to be a part of a styled wedding brunch shoot with Emily from Whiskey & White Events which was featured on Inspired By This yesterday! We had never been a part of something like this before and it ended up being so much fun. One of my favorite things that Pretty in the Pines has brought to my life since starting it back in summer of 2014 has been having the opportunities to meet so many creative and talented people around this area that I would not have met otherwise. Take a look through these gorgeous photos by Rachel at Blue Barn to get inspired for a bright and bubbly summer brunch! Warning: There are a lot of photos because I couldn't choose favorites! Too many good ones and I love everything brunch-related so here ya go:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lilac Midi Dress for Spring & Summer


Dress: Lilac Sleeveless Cross-front Midi Dress || Shoes: Pointy Toe Pump || Bag: Crossbody (similar); less $ option here (under $25) || Lipstick: MAC in 'Syrup' || Watch: Tailor Multifunction Light Tan Leather Watch || Earrings: Flora Chandeliers



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Monday, May 16, 2016

Two Colors That Will Never Get Old


Navy and white seem to be two of the most classic colors that never go out of style. Whenever I purchase anything in those two colors, I always know I'll get my money's worth. This time of year in particular also seems very navy-and-white appropriate with summer right around the corner! Two of my latest finds include these high waisted navy shorts and this pretty crisp white blazer.... pair them with some cute frames from here and you'll be looking classy & fresh as can be in no time! 


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Smile More, Complain Less


Life is short. Have fun and live positively. That is the idea behind Smile More, Complain Less, an organization that was recently started by my cousin, Emily, and her husband, Patrick. A couple months ago, our family lost a very incredible person, Nick (Emily's little brother), who had the most positive outlook on life we had ever seen. Behind his sweet smile and signature laugh, he was fighting a hard battle against cancer after being diagnosed when he was 25 (you can read more here). Throughout the entire journey, he never complained and always just kept smiling and lifting others up. He left us all wanting to live more like he did. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Midweek Business Chic: Vol. 3


I'm back with another midweek business chic look since we're halfway to Friday! I hope y'all are having a great week. One little thing that makes my work days significantly better is having a couple chic workwear staples, like this striped pencil skirt and this tank. I love how I can wear them both with an enormous selection of skirts and tops and although they are pricey, they will definitely be worn enough times to make it worth it! 


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Monday, May 9, 2016

What to Wear to: A Beyoncé Concert


Last week I was surprised with last minute tickets to the Beyoncé concert in Raleigh and it was the best night! My fiancé knows how much I love her so he got some tickets the day of the concert and then I decided to get one for my little sister since it was her birthday. I had seen Beyoncé once before about 6 years ago and that night was honestly one of my most favorite nights! I've been a huge fan ever since the Destiny's Child days and each time I see her, I am reminded of how freaking amazing she is. Since her tour just started not too long ago, I wanted to share some tips on what to wear incase any of y'all have plans to see her this summer! 


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Best Margaritas and Queso in Raleigh


In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I'm introducing y'all to some of my favorite local Mexican restaurants. This idea came to mind about 3 weeks ago and I questioned whether or not it could be possible to visit 6-8 local mexican restaurants before Cinco de Mayo. The goal was to find the best margarita and the best queso (and salsa) in all of Raleigh and that is how the First Annual (and only! for the sake of my arteries) Margarita & Queso Awards of Raleigh was born. Towards the end, we kindof started to get tired of margaritas which I never thought would be possible but hey, it can happen.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Favorite Things To Do in Hilton Head in 48 Hours



Hilton Head Island is one of my favorite places to go for a relaxing mini vacation. It has everything you need - good food, live music, pretty beaches, shopping, outdoor sports, and much more. It doesn't have too much which is what I need when I crave relaxation rather than a crazy weekend. We were so excited to be able to spend last weekend there with two of our friends and I wanted to share a list of my personal favorite places to eat and things to do for those of you who might be planning a trip there soon. 



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Monday, May 2, 2016

Latest Favorite Swimsuit Finds (and they're not bikinis!)


I spent the weekend in one of my favorite peaceful islands, Hilton Head. Hilton Head is one of the first vacation spots that TJ and I visited together so it has always been a special place to both of us. I'll get into more weekend details later on but today I wanted to share with y'all two of my latest swimsuit purchases. They happen to both be one-pieces which I've been loving lately. 



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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Midweek Business Chic: Vol 2


I'm back with another midweek business chic look featuring an incredibly affordable and cute pencil skirt and a classic but bright utility blouse. With the black and white spotted print, you can mix and match a variety of colors to go with it making it a great addition to your work wardrobe! With the weather hitting the 80's lately, I've been wearing skirts and dresses 80% of the time, especially on workdays.  The sizes tend to run extremely small in this skirt, however, so I'd suggest ordering 2 sizes larger than usual (mine is a US 6). 


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Minimalist Flower Necklace




Have you ever had a piece of jewelry that was simple in design yet special and unique to you? Minimalist accessories have been a favorite of mine for a while so when I found out about an online jewelry boutique, Favery, I couldn't wait to check out their collections. Favery is a jewelry and accessories boutique that aims at helping women define their unique style through their carefully curated collections of accessories.




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