I’m having mixed (bittersweet) feelings because my ‘Wedding Wednesday’ series is quickly coming to a close. Mine and TJ’s 1st wedding anniversary is this Sunday, June 25th – I seriously cannot believe it’s already been almost a year since we said “I do”! Time truly flies, y’all!!
But with that said, I have one more (very special) Wedding Wednesday post to share with you all before our anniversary post, and it’s all about the special first looks that I got to share with a few very significant people in my life. Keep scrolling to read all the details!
Before this trip, I had only been to LA once before for like a half of a day, so I was excited to head back there for a whole week with Teej and some of our closest friends for a little vacay action. Before the trip and while I was there, so many people asked if it was for work or just for vacation, and thankfully I can say that the trip was purely for our enjoyment and no work was involved (for the most part — it’s hard to turn everything off sometimes ha!). It was so nice & refreshing to actually get away with my husband for an entire week and not have to worry about a bunch of deadlines or the next photo shoot of the day. I even took a whole 5 days off from blogging here on LNL – which felt so strange (and somewhat difficult) to me – but it was necessary and now, I’m more inspired and more ready than ever to get back into the swing of things to provide you all with the best content that I can come up with. I truly missed being on here with you all, but thank you so much for being so understanding while I took a few days off for vacay!
Before we get back on track with all things LNL, fashion and beauty, I want to share just a few pictures and moments from our trip that really stood out to me, and hopefully, the next time you visit LA, you’ll be able to take some of these ideas on the trip with you!
Happy Friday LNL babes! And long time, no talk! If you follow along with me on Instagram or Snapchat, then you probably saw where I was in LA this week with Teej and some of our friends – it was a total blast and such a nice getaway! Working from home and being my own boss, I sometimes find myself never having any time ‘off’, and never letting myself have a true vacation, so this week, I took that opportunity to have the whole week ‘off’ from blogging and styling (for the most part haha). It’s hard to completely shut off everything, but it was a really nice break and now I feel so excited to get back to reality & back to work. I’m thinking about recapping our trip this week (with details on where we ate, visited, shopped, etc.), so let me know if that’s something that y’all would be interested in 🙂
Now let’s get to the main point of this post …
I’m so excited about a special event coming up on June 22nd with Patricia Nash and the best part is that YOU are invited to join me!! When I found out that I could invite all of my LNL readers & followers, I got so excited! If you are local to the Knoxville area or live anywhere close to East Tennessee, you should definitely come and hang out with me (& a lot of other bloggers) at the event!
One of the most popular questions that I always get asked is, “Are you a natural blonde?” … And my answer is yes, I am – however, my natural color is more of a dirty blonde (like the color in my underneath layers) versus this bright, platinum color on top. A few years ago while I was in college, I started getting some lighter blonde highlights put throughout the top layers of my hair and around my face to just brighten it up and create some depth. I love the color now and totally don’t regret coloring my hair, but if you are a blonde that has to make some frequent trips to the salon like I do .. well then you know the struggle on trying to PROTECT and REPAIR your color-treated hair. It’s not easy, but if you’re like me, being blonde is a part of your identity & you’ll continue to unapologetically highlight (aka fry) your hair for the rest of your days. Thankfully though ladies, I’ve found the BEST shampoo, conditioner and treatment for your blonde, color-treated hair that will protect, quench, brighten and repair your pretty locks for years to come!
I am often asked what my favorite shampoo/conditioner combo is, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share it with you ladies because trust me, I know the struggle on finding hair products and treatments that actually work. I’m obsessed with the products from BLNDN, which is an amazing company owned by two beautiful blondes who have felt the same struggle that all of us have. They just decided to do something about it so that we can all benefit from these products and sport some healthy-looking, bright blonde locks!
When it comes to adding to your summer dress wardrobe, a comfy, fun & flirty pastel dress is a must-have! I love how versatile a simple and solid dress can be … you can layer it with other pieces in your closet or mix up the accessories and create a totally different look every time you wear it. (Surely by now, y’all know that versatility in a clothing item is essential for me 😉 )
I got this baby blue beauty from Buddy Love, and it’s the perfect summer dress to dress up or down. It’s great for those days when you want to look cute but also feel super comfy (aka brunch on the weekends, LOL) or if you want to dress it up for a wedding, a cruise or a date night. It’s definitely a piece that’s easy to wear with flats or heels and with the elastic in the waist, you can make it as short or long as you want!
One thing I’ve been obsessing over for a few months now is the statement sleeve trend! You probably remember this post from back in February and this one from March … just goes to show that the trend of the big, fun, statement sleeve is here to stay for awhile! And you won’t hear me complaining.
Today’s post is the final post in my mini series featuring trending tops with Blush and Stone Boutique, so of course, I had to save my favorite trend for last! Blush and Stone has so many cute, affordable options for you to test out this statement style, and I know y’all have seen me raving about them on Instagram lately! B&S is currently one of my favorite online boutiques because their pieces are such high quality and so on-trend, but they don’t break the bank. (Best of both worlds!) They were so sweet to email me this morning actually to share a coupon code with you guys to get some great deals on their website — you can use my code PEYTON25 on anything that you buy from B&S and get 25% OFF! I may even have to go buy a few things myself 😉 But, before you start shopping, here are a couple outfits to get you inspired!
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of new faces come across my blog and my Instagram, so I thought I would post something a little different to welcome all of you new beauties to the LNL family. 🙂 I’m SO happy that you are here and enjoy following along with my blog, and I hope that you’ll leave a comment here or on IG (or even shoot me a DM), so that we can build this relationship and get to know each other even better!
I’ve been feeling so blessed lately by being able to finally live out my dream and my passion, and there’s no way I would be anywhere close to where I am today without YOUR love and support along the way. Late last night when I was finishing some work before bed, I hopped onto IG real quick and realized that I had officially hit 18K followers. Like seriously, you guys?! You rock my world. I told my hubby, “I mean, little ole me from a small town in Tennessee … Really???” I still pinch myself every day because I can’t believe that I get to call this my job and get to do what I am so passionate about every day. Now, is it easy? Absolutely not. Is life all about how many followers you have on social media? HECK NO!! Am I one of those huge bloggers making millions? Nope. Do I hope to be there one day? Well, of course.
The point is, this blogging journey has absolutely taught me so much that I never even knew about myself, and I’ve had to work literally day in and day out busting my you know what to get it all going in the right direction (finally). I am so happy and relieved to say that I’m proud of where this blog is today and where it is going (God willing). All that to say, NONE of this would be possible without you and the Lord on my side, so I just want to share with you my extreme gratitude and love! Whether you are new around here or you have been one of my biggest supporters since the very beginning, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, and tonight, I want to share a little more about myself that you may not know about me. I’m hoping that this will help you connect with all things love ‘n’ labels on a more personal level because after all, y’all are my babes and some of my very best friends. XO
Well, it’s officially almost June which means it’s almost been ONE YEAR since Teej and I tied the knot … say whaaat?! I can’t believe how fast time flies.
Anyways, since we’re coming up on our 1st anniversary and the end of my Wedding Wednesday series, I thought it would only be necessary for the month of June to share with you all of the fun events and details that led us up to the big day. I’m so excited to let you all into this very special time in my life, and I hope that you’ll enjoy the ride with me over this next month 🙂
First, I wanted to share this post with you all again in case you missed it on the last WW because I took you on a ride through the Big Easy during my Bachelorette Party. That was one fun, wild stop that helped me let off some steam and have fun with my girls before the big day!
Now, I want to share some of our personal photos (no, these are not professional or anything haha!) from our 3 wedding showers and also share a few tips along the way. These tips are just things that our amazing hostesses did at our showers, and as a bride, I really loved the outcome of them all! So, I figured that whether you are throwing a shower for someone or if you are the bride, these few suggestions may help.
I’m constantly getting asked how I do my hair, what I do to get so much volume, if my hair is just naturally thick, etc etc etc. Well, I can tell you that my hair is actually not very thick at all … I like for it to look that way (what girl doesn’t?), so I always use a few of my hair secrets to make it appear that way. I actually have very fine hair – just a lot of it. And since my hair’s texture is naturally frizzy and texturized, it makes it a bit easier for me when I tease my hair.
However, some people hate teasing their hair (and it’s probably not the best thing to do either since it causes some damage over time), so I have a couple of tricks for you all to try in order to achieve more volume all around and look like you just got a perfect blow out!
HAPPY FRIYAAAAY! I literally just want to scream that to you guys because I feel like this has been the longest week ever + it’s a long weekend with a fun holiday to celebrate, so it’s just a good day y’all. 😉
Today, I’m sharing two super cute looks from Blush and Stone Boutique for the second post in my Trending Tops mini series. I so often feel that people (including myself) forget about dressing up really cute tops (especially in the spring and summer) because it may just be ‘easier’ to throw on your fave white tee and denim shorts. I mean, don’t get me wrong .. that’s one of my uniforms for this time of year for sure, but if you are like me, I want to encourage you as well to step up your summer tops game throughout this mini series. It’s no doubt that all of us girls automatically think we have to wear a dress or a romper when it comes to getting all dolled up (which are both definitely great options), but it’s equally as cute to wear a trendy and stylish top with a nice pair of jeans, joggers or shorts!