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Menu Monday


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Happy Monday, friends! Today I'm linking up with my friend Jessica over at The Road Jess Traveled. Jessica and I have been friends for years, and I don't think I know a more genuinely kind and caring person. She lives in New York City, and she blogs about a variety of things from city living to travel to her favorite nail polish. I know you will enjoy her posts!  Each Monday, Jess shares the recipes she's making for the week in her blog series called "Menu Monday." I love to read these weekly posts of hers. I almost feel like a fraud posting this because I know good and well that I probably won't stick to my schedule, and if you saw my post on Instagram yesterday, you know that I'm no stranger to kitchen fails. So while I'm not a menu-planning genius or fabulous cook by any means, I thought it would be fun to join her today by creating a Menu Monday post as well!

Sunday - Crockpot Chili - I usually use my mom's recipe because her chili is so delicious! My family eats chili over macaroni noodles, and I've converted Kyle to a chili mac lover as well. Try it next time you have chili!

Monday - Leftover/whatever you can find night - We both go to separate discipleship groups on Monday evenings, and we typically don't have time for me to cook a full meal. We will most likely eat leftovers, breakfast, or grab a pizza.

Tuesday - Instant Pot Sweedish Meatballs - I have been wanting to use my Instant Pot more often. My husband got this for me last Christmas, and I haven't really taken the time to get used to using it, but I'm wanting to be more intentional about testing it out!

Wednesday - OTE

Thursday - Poppyseed chicken with rice and broccoli - This recipe looks delicious! I think my mom used to make something similar, and I look forward to trying out this recipe this week.

Friday - Tacos with homemade guac - Tacos have been a favorite meal of ours since we got married. They're so easy and so tasty! I don't do anything fancy. For the guac, I usually just mash up avocados and add salsa, salt, garlic, lime, etc. until it tastes just right!

Saturday - Zuppa Toscana - Yum! Need I say more?


Meal planning isn't easy, and I am so thankful for people like Jess who make it easier by sharing their meal plan for the week! Be sure to check out her Menu Monday post today and follow her over on Instagram!

What are you making this week?

High Five for Friday #1

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Happy Friday and happy fall! Fridays are my favorite because it means it's the weekend, and we get a little break from our routine work days. I'm starting this new Friday series where I will be sharing 5 things I either love, want to try, or have recently discovered and want to share! So let's high five for Friday, shall we?

1. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is life. It's incredibly hydrating, smells delicious, and lasts for so long! If you're on the market for a good lip balm, try this. I use it in the morning, before bed, or just when my lips feel like they need a big gulp of water!

2. My sister-in-law shared this soup recipe with me this week, and I look forward to making it this fall and winter! Doesn't it look so delicious?

3. I've been trying out this Maskcara highlight for the past few days as a way to smooth out my skin.  A makeup artist I follow on Instagram, Julia, uses these products, and I really love the idea of simplifying my beauty products and routine. If you're unfamiliar with Maskcara products, the majority are cream based, and you purchase tins that fit into a pallet. The point is that you apply different creams in different shades to give your face dimension. If you want to know more, I hope to do a review in the near future, but for now, go follow sweet Julia for her amazing tutorials!

4. I am still loving my Carrie Elle planner! Carrie posts her planner on Insta stories sometimes, and I am so inspired to be as creative as she is with my planning! You can find my full review of the perpetual planner here if you are interested. If you're in the market for a planner for the new year, I highly recommend purchasing from Carrie Elle!

5. I'm not one to celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I did just order this pencil tree last night for our den. We don't have a ton of extra space, so I thought this would be perfect! For only $50, it looks like a really nice tree and has pretty good reviews!

Monogram Tee


I love fall! I love to see the trees change to all shades of burgundy and yellow. I could eat a freshly picked apple every day, and the more pumpkin flavored things I eat, the better. Of course, with fall comes cooler temps as well, and that's one thing I'll never be mad about. I love crisp, cool air, and dressing for cool weather is my absolute favorite! 


I mentioned before in this post that I'm not much of a t-shirt wearer. But if I am wearing a t-shirt, there's a good chance it's long sleeve and monogrammed. I am loving this Springer Made monogrammed t-shirt for fall. I like to throw it on with my Beija Flor denim, Patagonia vest, and a cute pair of flats for a super casual look. 


I know I'll be picking up one of these long sleeve tees for my niece for Christmas gifts because it doesn't matter what age you are - these tees make a perfect gift for anyone!

 Are you a casual style kind of girl? How would you style a t-shirt like this? Let me know in the comments!


P.S. Use the code EMILYG on the Springer Made website to snag your shirt at 15% off! 


XOXO, 

Emily

Lash Lift Review

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We're about to get up close and personal today - with my lashes, that is!

If you read the title, you might be wondering, "What in the world is a lash lift?" I just recently learned about lash lifts in the past year or so, and let me just give you a little spoiler alert - they're amazing!

I love the look of lash extensions and the convenience that comes along with them, but the costand having to get them done every few weeks has kept me from trying them out. I may go for them someday, but for now I decided to stick with my natural lashes. However I did want to see if a lash lift would step up my lash game! I first heard about lash lifts from my favorite blogger Kate over at The Small Things Blog. She's talked about her experience with lash lifts and how much she loves and recommends having it done. I've loved and listened to her beauty advice for years, so I was thrilled to try a lash lift out for myself!

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I don't have super long or full lashes naturally. I would describe my lashes as short and stubby, and I usually have to layer several coats of mascara to get my eyes to pop. Don't go into your lash lift process thinking you'll have 5 times fuller lashes with a falsies effect. If that's what you're looking for, go for some lash extensions. A lash lift and tint is simply like a perm for your lashes that helps them hold a curl and darkens them to give a mascara effect.

I went to my local salon Organic Tan and Body for the lash lift service. I've been following the owner Lindsey and the salon on Instagram for a while now, and I've seen other locals talk about how great their services are! Everyone there was fabulous to work with, and my esthetician was so kind and chatted with me which helped make the process much more enjoyable for me! The lash lift takes about 30 minutes, and I'm not the most patient person, so I always enjoy something to distract me and to keep my attention.

Organic Tan and Body offers so many services including a facial membership for just $59 a month! I've also heard great things about their spray tans, lash extensions, and facials! If you are local to Greenville, I highly recommend checking them out.

Let's get back to the lash lift, shall we? I want to share some photos with you, not because I wan't you to see every nook, cranny, and flaw on my face, but because I want you to be able to see the drastic difference that the last lift made!

These photos were taken before the lash lift while I had several layers of mascara on.

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lash lift review everyday emily blog greenville sc blogger

These next photos are of my bare natural lashes prior to the lash lift. You can see that while I have a decent amount of lashes, I don't have much length or curl.

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lash lift review everyday emily blog greenville sc blogger

lash lift review everyday emily blog greenville sc blogger

These are my lashes post lash lift! I mean, look at that! These are 100% my natural lashes. Just by perming the hairs to curl upwards, my lashes look significantly longer! The lift can last for about a month, so this is totally worth it in my opinion if you are wanting to step up your lash game!

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lash lift review everyday emily blog greenville sc blogger

lash lift review everyday emily blog greenville sc blogger

Overall, I'd rate my lash lift experience with Organic Tan and Body a five star experience! From knowledgeable staff, quality work, and a relaxing salon atmosphere, I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed by any service that you book with them!

Now go get you a lash lift, girl!

XOXO,

Emily 

DIY Monogram Mug

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diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and I like to try purchase Christmas gifts for friends and family in advance. Buying Christmas gifts throughout the year can be easier on your budget and less stressful for you. Today, I'm bringing you the perfect Christmas gift idea & DIY that can cost you less $6!

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Here's what you'll need: 
  1. Monogram Decal - The one I used in this DIY is from Springer Made, and I highly recommend their decals. The owner Catherine is so easy to work with! If you have something particular in mind that you want her to create, just message her and ask - she's so creative! I also have a 15% off coupon code { EMILYG } making this DIY even more affordable! 
  2. Coffee Mug - I picked this mug up at our local Dollar Tree. I liked how tall it was, and for $1, you can't go wrong! You of course could make this a bit of a nicer gift by using a Yeti or other travel mug or tumbler.
It's time to get crafty! Make sure whatever object you're going to monogram has a clean and smooth surface. Remove the paper backing from the monogram decal. Center your monogram on your mug and press to make sure that it is secure. Slowly remove the transfer paper, and voila! You have the easiest DIY in history and a perfect personalized gift for your kid's teachers, friends, or family! 

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

I hope today's post inspires you to get creative with your gift giving! 

diy christmas gift monogram mug everyday emily blog greenville lifestyle blogger

XOXO,

Emily


Noonday Shopping Guide

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Have you ever heard of Noonday? As they say over on their website, they "design and sell an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by artisans across the globe." I've known about Noonday for years, and I recently had the opportunity to check out several of their pieces through a local Noonday ambassador, Katie Creamer.

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I love accessories in all of their forms, but I especially love incorporating bold statement pieces into my wardrobe. What I love about Noonday is that each piece is so unique, and you know that you are supporting a good cause with each purchase. If you head to the Noonday website, you will find so many beautiful pieces, so today I wanted to break it down for you and share my Noonday Shopping Guide including some of my favorite pieces.

These were hands-down my favorite item that I styled. Any time I wear my hair up, I like to wear a bold earring. It helps me feel more feminine and put together even if my hair is up in a top knot. These earrings are the Hai Hoops and are made from water buffalo horn in Vietnam!

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Next up are these Refined Bangles made in India. These are such a fun addition to this printed kimono, and would look so cute if you wore just a few or the whole stack. 

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You might remember in this post that I shared about some jewelry I found at a local shop made of golden grass! This Eldorado Necklace from Brazil by Noonday is so lightweight, and makes such a statement with a plain top or t-shirt.

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Dainty rings can be such a nice accessory if you're already wearing a bold print or pattern. This is the Squared Brass Ring and is produced in Kenya. The square design makes it a little more edgy than your average gold band! 

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Last but certainly not least are these Mumbai Hoops made in India. If I could only recommend one Noonday piece for you to buy, it would be these. You will get the best bang for your buck with this purchase! These gold hoops come with several charms that you can either wear on the hoop alone or paired with another charm. Here I styled them with all of the charms in one photo and with just one charm in another. You can create several different looks with this purchase, and for just $36, you need a pair of these in your life!

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noonday shopping guide everyday emily blog southern greenville blogger

Before we wrap this up, let me give you a cliff notes version of Noonday: 
  • Their beautiful accessories are crafted by artisans across the world.
  • Each item is high quality and affordable. 
  • You are helping to employee people in countries in turn helping them to have a better life. 
  • You can also support your local ambassador through purchases or trunk shows!


If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces or interested hosting a Noonday trunk show to earn discounted product, don't hesitate to reach out to Katie Creamer! She is absolutely adorable, so kind, and represents Noonday with style and class. Go follow Katie on Instagram, and be sure to tell her I sent you! 

I hope today's shopping guide helps you! If you're looking to purchase some meaningful gifts for the upcoming Holidays, Noonday will be releasing their Holiday Collection of decor, giftables, stockings and ornaments on October 4th so be sure to check back to the Noonday website in October! 

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Stamped and Finch - Personalized Jewelry

Top - Belk | Necklace - Stamped and Finch

It's no secret that I love a good accessory. I feel like I've been posting a lot about jewelry for the past few weeks. Cant stop, won't stop! But really, I've recently come across some of my favorite jewelry makers, and I want to share them with you! 



Not too long ago, I started following Stamped and Finch on Instagram. I don't remember how I found them, but I fell in love with the pieces that the owner Lindsey Warren creates. I love the meaning that each piece of jewelry represents with the tiny letters that turn into powerful, wearable messages.


A few weeks ago, I showed up in downtown Greenville for a styled collaboration with an amazing local product photographer, Lauren Connelly, and I was THRILLED when she told me that we were working with Stamped and Finch


What I love about Stamped and Finch is that each piece has a nice balance of making a statement but remaining simple and elegant. Simple jewelry goes with virtually everything. It can dress up a t-shirt like nothing else, and it's so light and easy to wear. 


See those tiny little numbers? They represent the very special place for me. A little over 6 years ago, my parents and I took the 9 hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA in a jam packed car full of too many clothes and shoes to drop me off in Greenville, SC to start college as a 19 year old. Six years ago I had no idea GVL would be the place I would meet my husband or buy our first house, but man, am I ever thankful for this city. It's my favorite place, and I gladly wear the Greenville coordinates on this little necklace that represent my home.



If you've never checked out Stamped and Finch, I highly recommend doing so. Their pieces are affordable and would make a perfect gift for any of the ladies in your life!



All photography in this post was provided by Lauren Connelly. If you are local to Greenville and are in need of a product photographer, be sure to check out Lauren's photography services

My New Favorite Product for Fresh Hair Between Washes


By the title of this post, I bet you thought it would be all about dry shampoo, didn't you? If you're trying to embrace day 2 (or more) hair, dry shampoo is a given, and let me just say that I love the stuff. I apply it to freshly washed hair and day old hair alike. I love it in spray forms and I love it in powder forms. There's no denying that dry shampoo is a key product for keeping your hair looking fresh between washes.


Back in August, I had the opportunity to visit Salon Adelle, a local award-winning salon here in Greenville, South Carolina (read all about my experience here.) Adelle so kindly sent me home with a few trial size products from a premier hair product company that they carry in their salon called Oribe. I had heard of their products before, but I don't believe I had ever had the opportunity to try them out, so I was so excited to receive this sweet gift!


The Oribe Signature Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing, and I have been using the Supershine Moisturizing Cream on my ends most days that I style my hair to keep it silky and shiny (a tiny bit of this product definitely goes a long way.)  I also just recently threw a travel size bottle of the Free Styler Working Hairspray in my purse for touchups on the go. While I have been enjoying those products, I'm here today to share my hands down favorite Oribe product - the Oribe Hair Refresher!

The Oribe Hair Refresher is basically like a perfume intended just for your hair. It's honestly not something I probably would have ever purchased just to try out, but I am so glad that Adelle introduced me to it! If you've ever eaten at a Mexican restaurant or sat around a bonfire, you may have noticed the smells from the environment are absorbed into your hair and clothes, and it's kind of hard to get rid of the smell without a good wash.


I can't stand when my hair holds on to these weird smells or just smells dirty from skipping a wash, but the Oribe Hair Refresher has been a game changer in my haircare routine. I've been using this product on my day 2 hair pretty consistently for the past few weeks. The scent is lovely, but it isn't super strong, and it's definitely not something that lingers or would give you a headache if you're sensitive to smells. I just simply spray it on my locks before I tie my hair up in a bun or throw in some curls. When combined with my dry shampoo, I know I don't have to worry about my hair looking oily or smelling weird, and I don't have to wash my hair and blow it dry again. It's a win-win!

If you're in the Greenville area, visit Salon Adelle to pick up these products mentioned, or head to the Oribe website to shop! You won't regret it!