Cheers to 2018!

Thank you for being a part of a crazy year.

Here on the blog, I tried to post more consistently, have more original content and start keeping a more consistent editorial calendar. Y'all seemed to have loved the 'Instagram Lately' posts on Sundays, my series of Mom essentials in the "Mommy Monday" posts and the kickoff of me sharing one of my passions that I rarely talk about, fitness, in the "Wednesday Workout" posts. 

We added an "Instagram" tab to the "Shop" page, I continued to focus on finding classic pieces that were worth that investment and fun pieces that didn't break the break. I have loved the last couple of months that direct messages on Instagram and personal emails have increased tenfold and I have loved having 'off air' conversations with some of you on topics ranging to finding the perfect winter coat to how to get motivated to loose weight for your wedding. 

On the personal front, my family dealt with life changing health diagnosises, managing Cancer, a wedding,  and life with two little ones. We sold our first home that we purchased together after becoming engaged, where I didn't spend the night until after our wedding and the subsequent sale of that home. We continued the house hunt, found our dream home and are still decorating! We have been lucky enough to watch Madrid flourish into her Big Sister role, her start of preschool and her vocabulary grow. Leo has crushed all the accomplishments that occur during that first year and always with a smile. He is the happiest baby you have ever seen!

We were lucky to take a special trip every month of this summer and one with each sets of parents. We watched the eclipse, celebrated my then sister-in-law to be's bachelorette and Fernando on my brother's bachelor party. We talked at nauseum about the potential for our first trip next fall for a big birthday away from both kids. I was lucky enough to see mutltiple life long friends, including watching my oldest friend become a mom to twins!

This short post doesn't being to cover all that has been loved, lost and accomplished this year. I appreciate you following along, I have loved making personal contact with many of you and I hope that 2018 continues to see this little spot of the internet that I call my own as a way to inspire! 

Thank YOU! 

Happy New Year. xoxo 

on Madrid : SMOCKED DRESS similar options here and here // RUFFLE SOCKS // WHITE MARY JANES // LION STUFFED ANIMAL

photos by Asha Bailey photography


instragram lately

velvet star loafers

These STAR VELVET LOAFERS might be the Black Friday deal of the century. I got them for $69 and I find them cuter {and more comfy!} than the Gucci Princetown loafer mules. I love the color and the festive stars that can be seen everywhere right now. {also love this STAR CASHMERE SWEATER and this STAR TULLE TOP.}

red bow dress

Original post HERE

This red dress is too cute and I just found it on major sale HERE for under $70. I have included all the places I have found this dress, in all color options, so you should be able to find it in your size! {FYI, it also comes in navy. Swoon!}

navy lace dress outfit

Original post HERE

I have a thing for anything navy, if you haven't noticed. This dress is $21 and also comes in mustard. Perfect for anything you have for this next week or any early 2018 weddings. It is still in stock in all sizes! Snag it while you can {I promise, you will be shocked where it is from. The ultimate find. I am wearing small and could have gone to an XS but I was worried about it being too short.}

Original post HERE.

Again, with this skirt...BUT, a couple of things...1. it is amazing 2. it is still in stock {I am shocked!} and 3. it is $23. I, obviously, love it with cashmere but I originally purchased it to wear with chambray. 


Workout Wednesday : my weekly schedule and why I love interval training

^^ from my Insta-Stories

I have shared many interval treadmill sessions that I love in my weekly Workout Wednesday posts. I love to change up the speed and incline while I am on treadmill for two reasons: 

1. It keeps me from getting bored. - I love love love to run. But how can anyone not get bored on the treadmill. I have shared my entertainment secret hundreds of times {I only allow myself to watch certain shows while working out. 'Scandal' and 'Designated Survivor' are my current go tos. I am also in a 'Suits' abyss, but I "allow" myself to watch this wherever. Folding laundry, cooking dinner, right now... hi Megan Markle!}. 
But no matter what show you are totally hooked on, the treadmill can get boring. If I know that I am switching up the difficulty every so often, I am so focused on that, and my show, that the 3.5 miles passes in a blink of an eye.

2. It makes for a better workout. - Not only will this improve your mile time, you will get a better workout in a quicker time. You can trot along at 5.7 mph and not burn as many calories if you did sprints every 3 minutes. If you are training for a distance run, or are looking to torch some calories, I recommend interval training.

OrangeTheory 6 am class

45 minutes elliptical

Kayla Itsines Week 5 Cardio And Legs

4 mile treadmill run, interval training

Kayla Itsines Week 5 Abs and Cardio
30 minutes elliptical

6am CorePower Yoga Sculpt

Kayla Itsines Week 5 Arms and Abs
nearly impossible as I was still having a hard time breathing after Kayla Itsines Week 5 Abs and Cardio

CorePower Yoga Sculpt with my bestie!


shopping haul : workout edition


All the things that you saw me try on on Insta-Stories from the last two weeks. I realized that I had kind of spammed your feed with try on videos, so there is quite a bit! I separated out the workout gear, since it was about half of the things I tried on. I have included captions to my thoughts on the items and the sizes I got. 

If you have an fitness goals for 2018, I always say nothing gets you started better than cute new workout clothes!


ellie cashman

If you are following along on Instagram Stories, then you have seen sneak peeks of our home and my newest project, our half bath. {follow @SouthHarlow for more interior design love}. I have since been drooling over Ellie Cashman's Instagram account, who is the designer behind our wallpaper, the same you see above. 

I can't remember where I first wanted oversized floral wallpaper on a dark background in our half bath. When I first brought up the idea with my husband for our new home {with it's yellow walls, the color that almost derailed me from falling in love with the home in the first place!}, he wasn't sold on the idea...until we visited our friends in Texas that had a statement wallpaper in their half bath. He then gave me the go ahead, especially when Erika of South Harlow found me my dream paper for half of the cost of my original choice, a white and blue flora. 

With the gold sink hardware being installed today, my little project is almost finished {just waiting on the gold toilet paper holder}. I can't wait to show you professional photos in the New Year!


Workout Wedneday : how to stay motivated and my weekly schedule

grey moto leggings

I know that this time of year is hard to keep motivated to stay on track. Below are some tips that I do to make sure to make the time for my workout.

1. A workout calendar - I get a cheap calendar with the month layout and write down the workout that I completed each day. It makes it fun to track how dedicated you have been, monitor what you have been doing to mix it up and keep you motivated on a day you don't feel like it!

2. Apple Watch- while this is an investment, I do not feel like I have accomplished much unless I have meet my steps for the day!

3. A workout buddy - they don't have to physically workout in the same room with you. The first time I completed Kayla, I did it with some friends that don't live in the same city as me. By keeping each other motivated with text messages and updates as to what workout we were on, it kept it fun and everyone on track!

4. New Workout Gear - if it is new and cute, you will be more inclined to put it on, which can be the hardest part.

5. Try a new workout with a friend- I have been curious about Orange Theory for years. But not until the months before my brother's wedding, when him and his bride got a membership did I give it a try. With a buddy that was also new to the workout, we could check in with each other and meet for a class when our schedules coincided. 

6. Work it out with Child care. - I had a friend {with no kiddos of her own} come into town recently. She had the great idea of meeting up at a workout class {OrangeTheory} and a coffee after. This knocked so many things off my 'To Do' list: workout, check, girlfriend time, check, me time, check. Coordinate a you playdate, meeting up with a friend for a beach walk or your favorite workout class. 

Kayla Itsines Week 3 Total Body
35 minutes elliptical
 I switched up the order and did Kayla first and cardio second. My legs were Jell-O.

4 mile run outside alone!

Kayla Itsines Week 4 Legs & Cardio

This treadmill interval training. 

Kayla Itsines Week 4 Arms & Abs

6am CorePower Yoga Sculpt, with my favorite instructor!

Kayla Week 4 Total Body

OrangeTheory 6 am class


stocking stuffers under $25

best gifts under $25

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to make the perfect pony


for the lady who is always taking off her rings



my new obsession! I keep mine in the car. 


for anyone who has skiing plans for after Christmas

for kids of all ages!


I love putting these in everyone's stocking! There are more manly patterns and you are doing your part to save the environment with a chic, extremely helpful and $10 gift. 

I wish I had my ears pierced...


for any little princess


for every man on your list!


luxury gifts for everyone

best luxury gifts

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I would like a luggage upgrade. Who wouldn't???

a true gift of luxury

perfect for the difficult to shop for on you list, the person who has everything or someone you might not want to give an intimate gift to, but still want to be thoughtful.

great for all seasons 

I have the diaper bag, but have added this cosmetic case on my list. And I highly recommend this monogram wallet key chain {I got it for myself last year}.

always on my Wish List!

what women would every not appreciate this?

buy it preloved to save some $$$

I don't quite understand this price point, but love the look of these retro round glasses. 

for the monogrammed obsessed or the shoe horse

 my mom got me this for a push present for my daughter to use for nursery nursing snuggles. I have since stolen it for our room. 

the classic Cinderella shoe. Literally, what women wouldn't gasp in joy with this under the tree?

for the new arrival! This was my first ever baby gift for my first pregnancy and in this neutral color, both children have worn it countless times. We have a size 9 months, but it still works for both kiddos!

great for the boys! or the person with an upcoming race to train for! The runner on your list...truly thoughtful for anyone. 


shopping haul

under $100 lace dress

another shopping haul roundup with everything that you have seen on my Inst-Stories from the last couple of weeks. I have include notes on my review and the sizes that I got!


navy bell lace

navy bell sleeve dress

navy lace dress outfit

navy bell sleeve dress

navy lace dress outfit

navy lace dress outfit

navy bell sleeve dress

navy lace dress outfit

navy lace dress outfit

navy bell sleeve dress

***note: this dress is currently on sale for $21 and also comes in mustard. I got a small, but could have gotten an XS, if I wasn't worried about the length. 

My Grandmother was amazing.

Like, I wish I had a better word in my vocabulary for amazing, amazing. If you were lucky enough to know her, her would never forget her. She loved saying wildly inappropriate things, was the ultimate definition of witty and always a lady. I always think of her often, but she has been on my mind a lot lately, that is why you have seen me wear her wedding bands on my right pointer finger every day. 

And this purse was hers. I have lots of Ferragmo in my closet, the ultimate 'timeless' investment but this purse is special. I use it for special occasions for when she is heavy on my mind. 


Workout Wednesday : 1/4 mile interval training and my weekly schedule

navy workout legging

^ after I did the following quarter mile interval training. You can see the post run high all over my face! NAVY 7/8 LEGGINGS

As you have seen, I like to keep my workouts different and fun, but juggling #momlife and two businesses, fitting in a workout can be difficult. Sometimes I have to wake up at 5:30am, sometimes I have to make the kids think that we are playing while I do an ab workout. 

With Madrid, my 3 year old daughter, in pre-school twice a week and Leo still napping twice a day, normally I drop Madrid off, cover her in kisses and race to get Leo home for his nap. With a minute to myself {well, almost two hours}, I try to prioritize, not get distracted by checking "just one quick email" and head straight to the treadmill to get an interval training in. I watch shows that I only allow myself to watch on the treadmill so I don't have an excuse, even on those days that I don't feel like it. Show examples have been The Good Wife, Scandal and Designated Survivor. 

Below is one of my favorite 1/4 mile intervals. This is a great way to get a quick but extremely effective workout. I love running, but I know that not everyone does. Nevertheless, even I get bored on the treadmill. By switching it up either every minute, with this workout, or every quarter mile, with the below interval workout, you will not be bored! You will  be dripping sweat and getting a great workout!

Quarter Mile Interval Training

Distance 0-0.25 miles
Walk for warm up about 2 minutes than a base pace
try 5.7-6 mph

Distance 0.25-0.5 miles
Sprint for a 1/4 mile
try 6.5mph

Distance 0.5-0.75 miles
Add 0.1-0.3mph to your starting pace
try 5.8-6.3 mph

Distance 0.75-1 mile
sprint for 1/4 mile 
Add 0.1-0.3 mph to your first sprint
try 6.6-6.8mph

Distance 1-1.25 miles
Add 0.1-0.3mph to the last 'rest'
try 5.9-6.6mph

Distance 1.25-1.5 miles
spring for 1/4 mile
Add 0.1-03mph to your second sprint
try 6.7-7.1mph

and so on...

Continue for at least 3 miles!

50 minutes elliptical

Arm Workout 3 times through:

Bench Press 15 lbs weight x15
Bench Flys 15 lbs x 15
Bicep Curls 15lbs x15

Side to side dips with 15 lbs x 15 each side
20-30 full sit ups on include

Sunday :
This interval treadmill training but walking.

Kayla Itsines Week 3 Legs & Cardio
{still sore}

Running interval training for 4 miles

Kayla Itsines Week 3 Arms & Abs

Treadmill interval training for 3 miles
As I said on Insta Stories, I changed the mph and incline with each minute because I was short on time and wanted a quick but efficient workout. Plus, this makes sure I never get bored!

Day Off

Kayla Itsines Week 3 Total Body
35 minutes elliptical
 I switched up the order and did Kayla first and cardio second. My legs were Jell-O.


champagne gift guide

best champagne themed gifts

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1. OLD FASHION CHAMPAGNE COUPE - my dad loves serving champagne in old family heirlooms like these 

2. 'PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE' KEY CHAIN - the perfect stocking stuffer!

3. CHAMPAGNE TEE - I pre-ordered this for my own stocking the second I found it!

4. 'CHAMPAGNE FOR BREAKFAST' MUG - cute giggle worthy gift.

5. VOLUSPA 'CRISP CHAMPAGNE' CANDLE - great hostess gift or for the new home owner.

6. CHAMPAGNE DESK BELL - another great stocking stuffer. 

7. HERMES CHAMPAGNE PRINT - also love this Chanel one. Might be perfect for my blogging office. 

8. KATE SPADE DOT ACRYLIC ICE BUCKET - great hostess gift! Come with your favorite champagne in tow. 

9. CHAMPAGNE TRUFFLES - great for the preggers on your list, who is probably missing her favorite cocktail. 

10. VOLUSPA PROSECCO CANDLE - I have this and love it. Not only does is smell amazing, but it is gorgeous in our family room. 

11. CHAMPAGNE DIET SWEATSHIRT - my kind of diet!

12. 'MIGHT BE BUBBLY' MUG - all moms need this!

13. CHAMPAGNE GUMMY BEARS - my brother got me these in my stocking last year and I ate them for breakfast!

14. CHAMPAGNE KEY CHAIN - super cute for the champagne girl always losing her keys. 

15. 'NO CHAMPAGNE. NO GAIN' SWEATSHIRT -  I couldn't agree more!


instagram lately

moto leggings and sweater

I recently fell in love with moto leggings, as seen in my Workout Wednesday posts. So just because I had already worked out and showered, this didn't stop me from paring these HUNTER GREEN MOTO LEGGINGS with my favorite monogrammed cashmere. 

white long cardigan outfit
I am totally in love with open front cardigans and this one is my latest obsession. I have it in navy and this white and have worn it with everything from workout gear to over my favorite button down. 

My husband loves to emplacement a "uniform" and therefore has this shirt multiple times over in white and light blue, so Madrid was concerned all day that I had on "dada's" shirt and asked me about it at almost every time he looked at me. Toddler's are the cutest and say the funniest things!

rue saint honore t-shirt

This shirt has me at Bonjour. And VELVET OPEN FRONT CARDIGAN is too good, I got one for the nanny as well! It is beyond cozy and luxe that I was not only shocked where I got it from but also the price. 

burgundy back pack and moto leggings

Original post here

Y'all know that I love a great monochromatic look, so it was only a matter of time that this morphed over into my workout gear. Plus, this color was called 'Hunter' so I naturally loved it. As seen in my recent shopping haul, you saw how cute this FUNNEL NECK SWEATSHIRT is with jeans as well. Add it to your Christmas list. Santa will approve. 

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