A Wedding Guest Etiquette Guide for my 3 Year Anniversary

Parker and I are celebrating 3 years of marriage today! We have had so many special occasions in the month of April that we are honestly happy to celebrate our anniversary in a low key way at home. I never thought I would be a low key kind of celebrator, but this month has been so packed full of fun that we are both looking forward to a fun dinner in Memphis and a weekend at home with our pups!

I have learned so much about weddings in the past few years. The topic of wedding etiquette has come up several times lately because I have quite a few loved ones with weddings happening this spring. So, I'm sharing some wedding guest etiquette with you today! These tips are not meant to make anyone feel bad if they haven't done these things, but they are things I wish someone would have told me in my earlier days of wedding guest-ing. 

1. Send in your RSVP as soon as you get your invitation. There's usually a deadline, but the earlier you can send in your response, the better. Bonus points- if you're a close friend of the bride, send her (or her mom if you're friends with her) a text and let her know how beautiful the invitation is! 

2. If your invitation does not give you a +1, then do not bring a guest. This goes for children too. If the invitation does not state the kids' names or say + Family, then they are more than likely not invited.

3. If you receive an invitation, send a gift. This applies to everyone, including close friends. I say this because I feel guilty to this day about not giving a couple of my closest friends wedding gifts. When I was younger, I somehow did not know I was supposed to give a gift because my parents always did. I will do my best to make up for my mistake with baby gifts one day! If you are new to the wedding scene, learn from my mistake and make sure you always send the bride and groom a gift! Ebie was just telling me about how some people who were not invited to her small beach wedding sent her a gift, and she will remember that kind gesture for life!

4. Do NOT wear white! The no white after Labor Day rule is no longer a thing. White can now be worn all year long, EXCEPT for at a wedding. Give the bride her day to shine in white and save your white for any other day in which there is not a wedding or bridal shower happening.

5. Make sure you're on time for the ceremony! There's no way to sneak into a wedding quietly. 

6. Turn off your phone, or at least make sure it is on silent, during the ceremony. 

7. Dress modestly and act appropriately. If you are questioning your dress, choose a different one! I have some wedding guest dress options linked at the bottom of this post!

8. Stay out of the photographer's way. If the bride has hired a photographer, let the photographer get her shot before stepping in to take an iPhone pic. Also, don't ask the photographer to take an iPhone pic for you.

9. Speak to the bride and groom, but try not to take too much of their time. You can always find them again later, but they have a lot of people they need to speak to! 

10. Have fun! One of the best parts of my wedding day was getting out on the dance floor with all of my family and friends. Every bride wants her wedding day to be fun for everyone. Do what you can to bring the fun!

I would love to hear if you have any other tips you think I should add to this list! Right after I started my blog last year, I wrote a blog post called 2 Main Tips for Brides on my 2nd Wedding Anniversary. You can click here to check that one out! Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Wedding Guest Dresses

Pom Pom Coverup Perfection!

It's been a busy week celebrating my blogiversary! If you haven't entered the giveaway to win a painting by my mom, $50 gift card to Nordstrom, and $50 gift card to Target, click here to check out the post that explains how to enter! It runs through tomorrow, and I will announce the winner on Sunday! 

Now, onto today's post- I'm sharing the 2 coverups I have gotten so far this year because beach season is right around the corner/ currently happening for some people! They both have pom poms, which I am clearly a fan of! 

Coverup #1- This was the first coverup I purchased this year. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. My mom and sister also have it. It fits true to size, and I love the fact that it has pom poms AND tassels! 

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Coverup #2- Ebie gave all of her bridesmaids this pom pom coverup! It was the BEST find by Ebie or maybe my mom. :) It is one size fits all, comes in 11 beautiful colors, and is under $17!

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I have mentioned before that coverups are one of my favorite things to shop for during the summer time! There are so many cute options out right now. You can click here to go to my Favorite Coverups page of my blog, or you can check out more pom pom coverups below! Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

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1 Year Blogiversary: Lessons I've Learned & Blogging Tips

For my 1 year blogiversary, I wanted to dig deep and share what I've learned this year. This post is loooong because I wanted to make sure I covered everything. And let's be honest- I'm not a girl of few words. I'm sharing some lessons I've learned this year and 10 blogging tips. 

I got Parker to take the pictures below while we were at the beach for Ebie's wedding. I typically try to buy and share affordable clothing, but my 1 year blogiversary called for my favorite splurge-worthy dress

Outfit Details: Dress | Shoes

Lessons I've Learned

  1. Being kind is an easy and free way to make others (in addition to yourself) happy! There are people who have said the kindest things to me, and they have no idea just how much their words have meant (I'm looking at you Mrs. Meridy, Mrs. Tracy, and many others). Bloggers don't always get tons of feedback on things we have worked really hard on, so when someone goes out of their way to say something kind, it is like all of our hard work is justified! Kindness is so appreciated, and I want to be a person who lifts others up!
  2. On another note, I read this quote recently, and it really resonated with me. "You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches." Not everyone is going to care for me or what I'm doing. And you know what- that is ok. Of course it stings when I get unfollowed by someone I know, but I've learned that I cannot let this bother me. The amount of positivity and kindness I've received outweighs the negativity by about 10 billion peaches. 
  3. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone has created the most amazing opportunities I did not know were possible! It is so important to stop caring what others think and just be yourself! 
  4. Having fun and trying your hardest is something I have been instructed to do since I could comprehend words. I will never forget my mom and dad saying this to me before every single one of the countless tennis matches I played growing up. And if I was upset when I lost, they would say did you have fun and try your hardest? If you’re having fun and trying your hardest, what more can you ask of yourself?? It is just as prevalent today as it’s been in every stage of my life.
  5. Saying no is ok and necessary at times. I have always been a people pleaser. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. However, saying no is something that has to be done sometimes. I’ve learned that it is all about HOW I say no. I am not interested in buying followers, promoting various products I get emailed about, etc. But I am interested in being kind and connecting with other women. If I respond in a kind way, my answer does not hurt the other person's feelings nearly as bad.  
  6. Comparing myself to others does nothing positive for me. It’s so easy to look at some other girls and wonder how they have so many more followers than I do when they have been blogging for less time than I have. Then there are other girls who send me messages asking how I grew so fast. There will always be somebody doing better than me, and there will always be somebody who is not doing as well as me. The comparison game is not good for anyone.
  7. What you put into something is what you are going to get out of it. I have never worked so hard on anything in my life as I have with blogging. Yesterday, a friend who I met through blogging said, "you are always so positive! Blogging is tough and you make it look fun!" Y'all, she wasn't lying. Although blogging may appear to be all sunshine and rainbows, it is TOUGH! It requires constant work, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I am able to be so positive because I absolutely love it! It has been such a fun year!

Outfit Details: Dress | Shoes

Blogging Tips

I need to start this section by saying I have been blogging for 1 year, so I am clearly not an expert. I don’t even feel totally qualified to write a post like this. However, blog posts on this topic have become some of my favorites to read, so I decided to share my two cents after a year in the blogging world! 

  1. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, DO IT! There will never be a perfect moment, and there will always be work that needs to be done. You could spend a lifetime attempting to perfect everything before launching. Create your site, write some content you are proud of, and launch it!
  2. Prioritize. Creating quality content on your blog is where a good chunk of time should be spent. You own your blog. You do not own Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. These social media platforms should most definitely be used frequently, but your blog should be the place where you focus a ton of your time. (And FYI- although I have over 18 times more followers on Instagram than I do on Facebook, I get the most blog views from Facebook! Don't underestimate the power of Facebook!)
  3. Be consistent so your readers know what to expect. I publish blog posts at 6:30 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. My blog posts also publish to Facebook and Pinterest at this time. I post my pictures on Instagram around 8:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. I take either Friday or Saturday off each week and throw in a post on one of these days at a time based off of my Instagram analytics. Everyone likes routine and consistency!
  4. ENGAGE! What I mean by this is like and comment on other girls’ photos. This is the best tip I know to give you for growing your Instagram following, aside from posting quality content. The more you get your name out there, the more chances you have for people to come to your page and see all of your hard work. 
  5. Do not buy followers. If you’re not a blogger and you’re reading this, yes- that is actually a thing. People can buy followers (and likes and comments) to make their numbers look better. It’s a really bad idea for many reasons. 
  6. Always be nice! Befriend girls who you love following! I can't tell you how vital my blogging friends have been. People who are not bloggers cannot always relate to what we go through because they aren't dealing with it. So venting and sharing ideas with other bloggers is a must. Being nice should seem obvious, but there are some super competitive girls in this industry that aren't always the kindest. Which brings me to my next point... 
  7. Unfollow people who do not bring you joy. I have fortunately only come across one girl that acted like my friend but was painfully competitive and ended up not being the kindest person. I’m not interested in that negativity. So I took my own advice and unfollowed her recently. There are countless other girls who bring me so much joy that I genuinely love following! This one girl did not bring me joy, so why continue following her?
  8. Be careful about participating in too many loop giveaways. I think they're ok from time to time, but they can definitely be overdone. I have been a part of one in my one year of blogging, and it was because I genuinely enjoy following the girls in the group and we all have similar styles. So if my followers like my style, then they should like the other girls’ styles too. I would never want to ask my followers to go follow accounts that I don't enjoy following myself. I am in a Facebook group for bloggers where some girls were chatting about how they wish they had never done them because the amount of people unfollowing for months and months on end just didn't make it worth it. And the followers who did stick around didn't engage. Like I mentioned earlier, it is ok to say no. Just be kind when doing it!
  9. Figure out how to put your phone and laptop down. This is something I have not mastered. Working for yourself is hard. The first thing I do every morning is share my blog post on Facebook. The last thing I do every night is comment back to people on my Instagram post. Blogging can be a never-ending job. Make sure you put down the technology to spend quality time with your loved ones. 
  10. Have fun!!! Blogging is my job, and I work my tail off. However, I am so thankful for the opportunity to do what I do! It is truly something I am so passionate about and love doing! 

If you made it this far, THANK YOU! I am a big fan of celebrating all things in life, and a blogiversary is definitely something I am thrilled to celebrate! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great day!

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One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Y'all, today is my 1 year blogging anniversary AKA blogiversary! I feel like it was just yesterday that I (SO nervously) launched my site. I did not know one single fashion and lifestyle blogger or what in the world I was doing. I have now met some of the sweetest girls who I chat with daily. I still feel like I have so much to learn though!

  Outfit Details:   Dress * |  Wedges  *Found my dress on sale for 30% off (with code FRIENDS) in 3 colors!!!

Outfit Details: Dress* | Wedges *Found my dress on sale for 30% off (with code FRIENDS) in 3 colors!!!

I have a whole blog post coming on Thursday that includes lessons I've learned from blogging, as well as tips for bloggers. So I won't get into that today, but what I do want to say is THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for every like, comment, and kind word. Thank you for visiting my blog and shopping through my links. Because of my sweet readers, blogging has become my fun and fabulous job that I absolutely adore!

Now, let's get into the giveaway details! I just posted everything on my Instagram page. I will be giving away the 18" x 24" painting by my mom that is pictured below (Art), a $50 gift card to Nordstrom (Fashion), and a $50 gift card to Target (Fun)! I am doing this to say THANK YOU so much for following along on my blogging journey! It has been such an amazing first year in the blogging world!

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Complete all of the following steps to enter:

!. Follow me on Instagram: @artfashionfun

2. Like my most recent photo of the painting on Instagram

3. Tag 3 friends on my most recent photo of the painting on Instagram

BONUS: For 5 extra entries, follow my page on Facebook (find it by searching Art Fashion Fun)

More Details: This giveaway will end on April 21 at 8 pm CST. I will announce the winner in the caption of my Instagram photo on April 22.

I will use a random number generator to select the winner. I used this tool when I participated in a giveaway a couple of months ago. The first several people chosen were not following all of the rules, so I had to keep generating new numbers until I got to someone who was following all of the rules. Make sure you are following all of the rules if you want to win!

I feel like people who know me personally don't always enter for one reason or another, but I want everyone to feel free to enter! Anyone can be the winner! I am so excited to see who gets chosen!

As always, I am so grateful you stopped by! Thank you so much for following along and GOOD LUCK!!!

Ebie's Wedding Weekend via iPhone Photos

Ebie and Patrick's wedding photographer was amazing. I can't wait to see her photos, but I thought I'd go ahead and share some (actually A LOT of) pictures I have from my little sis's beautiful wedding weekend!

Thursday

We kicked things off Thursday with a family dinner at Florbama Yacht Club! Our adorable cousin Mary Hanlon came and joined us, and then Ebie, Mary Hanlon, and I went to Florabama for a bushwhacker after dinner.

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Outfit Details: My Mom: Top | White Jeans Ebie: Top Shorts Me: Dress

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Friday

We started Friday with brunch, manicures, and pedicures thanks to Patrick's mom and aunt! Then we went back to my parents' condo and had Master Joe's sushi and some other delicious treats for lunch before heading out for a beach day! 

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Outfit Details: My Coverup | My Sunglasses | Ebie's Swimsuit | Ebie's Sarong

We went to the church for the rehearsal, and then we headed to the house where Patrick's family was staying for the rehearsal dinner. It was one of the most fun and stress-free rehearsal dinners I've ever been to! Plus, they had the most delicious food- crawfish, shrimp, sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, etc. Such a treat!

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Wedding Day

We got ready at my parents' condo! My mom's friend Kim did our hair, and Courtney Matthews did our makeup (blog post on all the things I learned about makeup coming soon!). The wedding ceremony was at Our Lady of the Gulf, and the reception was at Cobalt. Ebie wanted to keep it small, and she and Patrick invited mainly family and very close friends. 

It was supposed to rain all day, but we lucked out with weather! After the reception, one of my dad's friends and his wife picked Ebie and Patrick up in their boat and drove them away- a STUNNING exit! 

The after party was at Florbama, and it is definitely safe to say we had an absolute blast!

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Our bridesmaid dresses were by Hutch. This exact dress is not available anymore, but they have some other beautiful options! You can click here to check them out. My mom and I both wore these shoes, and they were the perfect heel height!

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Outfit Details: My Dress | Ebie's Dress | My Mom's Top  

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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My Shopbop Sale Picks

Ok y'all, I know I was supposed to be taking this week off. However, when there is a sale this big and I have stalked the website for hours, I have to sneak in one blog post! I will share some iPhone pictures from Ebie's wedding weekend next week. However, because the Shopbop Sale only lasts through Saturday, I am sharing my sale picks with you today!

Sometimes these sales require you to spend a certain amount of money to be eligible for the sale. Not this time! For Shopbop's Event of the Season, they are offering 20% off full price and sale items with code EVENT18.

This is a big deal because many of the items included never get marked down at all. If you've been eyeing some Tory Burch sandals, now is the time to grab them! Alright, now for my picks in 3 categories: Shoes, Clothes, Bags & Accessories!

Shoes

Clothes

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I tried this dress on at Dillard's a couple of days ago. I LOVED it but refused to pay full price for it, and I'm so glad I didn't. My mom actually ordered it for me in yellow for a birthday gift (for the sale price)! The colors included in the sale are yellow and red! It runs big. I typically wear size medium, and I sized down to a small in this dress.

Bags & Accessories

Thanks so much for stopping by! I am turning the big 2-9 tomorrow and heading down to the beach for one of my best friend's bach parties! I'll be posting on Instagram daily, so click here to check out my page there. And be sure to check back here next week because I have some fun blog content and a giveaway coming up for my one year blogging anniversary!! 

Ebie's Wedding Weekend!

Y'all, my little sis gets married TOMORROW! We could not be more excited for Ebie and Patrick! We kicked things off yesterday with spray tans, a celebratory dinner, and bushwhackers at the Florabama. Manicures and pedicures are on the schedule today before brunch, beach time, the rehearsal, and a shrimp and crawfish boil!

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Outfit Details: My Mom: Top | White Jeans Ebie: Top | Shorts Me: Dress

I will be taking next week off from writing blog posts, so that I can enjoy every minute this weekend. You know I will be taking pictures galore! #MOHduties

My one year blogging anniversary is April 17, so I have lots of fun blogging content to share with you the week after next! Make sure you stay tuned because there will be an exciting giveaway coming your way!

I am a creature of habit and love consistency, so I wanted to update you on the changes happening over the next couple of weeks. I'll be sharing some shots from Ebie's special weekend on Instagram if you want to see what's going on! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Gift Ideas for a 29 Year Old AKA My Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up next week, so I thought this would be a great time to share some things that this soon-to-be 29 year old thinks would make great gifts. I don't understand how I could possibly be turning 29, but it's happening. Parker has asked me 4 million times what I want, so I'm making it easy for him. And any of you that are trying to buy logical or frivolous gifts for 29(ish) year olds!

Believe it or not, I seriously struggled when trying to come up with ideas for this post. Parker said if I don't give him any ideas, he will just give me a gift card for a shopping trip at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Memphis. And I think that must have thrown off my brainstorming process because I am 100% ok with that idea! However, I enlisted the help of some of my best friends who are 28 and 29, and they suggested some fabulous ideas that I have included in the list below!

I'm going to break it down into 3 parts. In the first part, I'm sharing an outfit that would be perfect for a birthday girl. In part 2, I'm sharing 10 specific products 29 year old girls would love to receive. In part 3, I'm sharing 10 general ideas that would have to be narrowed down based on the girl receiving the gift. Also, NEVER FORGET the birthday dessert. Parker learned this lesson the hard way. There must be some sort of sweet treat- cupcake, cookie, cake, pie, something!

Part 1: The Outfit

Outfit Details: Top | White Jeans | Wedges | Clutch

Part 2: 10 Shoppable Gift Ideas

Glamour Wash Diva- the BEST smelling laundry detergent

Neulash- lash enhancing serum (haven't tried this product but have heard amazing reviews)

Tarte Concealer- to brighten up our under eye area

Lisi Lerch Earrings- the most adorable statement earrings

Nude Block Heels- a comfy shoe to wear to all the weddings and showers (my mom actually got these for me, and I'll be wearing them this weekend!)

Ugg Slippers- because the pair we've had for years is getting reallllly worn out

Pajamas- my favorites are by PJ Harlow, but I had a friend say she adores her Lake Pajamas 

Zella Leggings- because we need more than one pair of the most comfortable leggings :)

Anything from the Anthropologie Home Collection at Nordstrom

New Comforter- it's about time to replace the one we've had for years

Part 3: 10 General Ideas

A Nice Camera

Experiential Gifts- like tickets to a fun show, event, or concert

Art- I know a great place where you can find this :)

A Trip- tropical for me please

A Nice Piece of Jewelry

Furniture- I'm on the lookout for new bedside tables

Home Decor- a new mirror is on my list

A Piece of Silver or Fine China- to finish off any incomplete sets

Skin Care Gift Certificates- for things like facials, dermaplaning, serums, and lotions

Basically Any Gift Card- my picks would be Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Target, Chickfila

I feel like I need to add so many more ideas to this list! If you have any gift ideas, please let me know! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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10 Things Tuesday: Spring Tops Under $50

The seasonal closet switch up officially happened this past weekend, and I could not be happier. The sweaters and winter clothes went up to Parker's man cave closet, and all of my spring clothes came down to our bedroom closet! Like I have mentioned before, spring is my favorite season, and spring clothes are my favorite to shop for! I've rounded up some adorable and affordable spring tops for this week's 10 Things Tuesday post!

Do you have a favorite? I'm loving this classic tunic. Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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Side Hustle Feature

One of my best friends in elementary school created a positive online platform recently that I am so excited to share with you today! The title of my post is ambiguous because Virginia was thoughtful enough to feature me, and I am more than happy to feature her new site right back!

Virginia created Side Hustle (https://keepyosidehustle.com) to celebrate and encourage women and all of our passions that we devote our time and creative energy towards. How amazing is this? Some of the women featured on her site are photographers, jewelry designers, bloggers, artists, mamas, writers, nutrition specialists, etc. If you have a side hustle and want to be featured, click here to share your passion.

The questions she asked really made me think. A few of them include: What is your dream for your side hustle? Do you have any advice for others working on a side hustle? Have you received recognition for your work? What are the rewards and challenges of your side hustle? You can click here to see my answers. 

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 Virginia's hope is that "Side Hustle will continually be the embodiment of the foundation on which it was built: women pursuing their passions and lifting each other up in the process." I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Virginia's new site. Be sure to check it out if you want to be inspired or share your side hustle! There are several familiar faces over there that I surely enjoyed reading about!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day! And thanks again to Virginia for thinking to feature Art Fashion Fun on such an amazing platform!