Weekend + Links

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Serious TGIF over here! Finally. A weekend ahead with minimal plans. I’m even excited that it’s supposed to rain. If it’s sunny and beautiful out I always feel compelled to be doing something active and have a go go go mentality. Rainy days are the only ones that force me to relax and get things done around the house. Fall decor needs to be put up, new items are going to be listed on Poshmark, Saturday will be spent curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket, puppy Oliver and the Georgia game on. Pure bliss.

favorite links:

+ 10 little known products with over 1000 positive reviews on Amazon

+ The cutest apple pies ever

+ I just ordered these lace up flats and can’t wait for them to get here! Such a good price compared to the designer version. Use code ‘smstyle’ for 15% off! (These were so cute, but too wide for a narrow foot)

+ I really appreciated Annie’s honest post earlier this week and can easily relate to some of the pressures and expectations that come from blogging.

+ Made this chicken recently and it was so good!

+Meet the instagrammer behind One Kings Lane

+ Picking up this turtleneck and this blanket scarf for fall

+173 celebrities baring it without makeup (and looking beautiful!)


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Why I Love Essential Oils

doterra oils

My close group of  friends and I all owe our obsession with essential oils to one of my best friend’s, Maggie. Every trip post college that we have been on she’s packed up her little glass bottles of doTERRA oils for a multitude of uses. Lately I feel like oils have taken over the internet, but I didn’t really know a lot about them and what they can do until the past few months. doTERRA are the ones that I now use and swear by. Each oil is certified pure therapeutic grade, meaning they’re both pure and potent.

I thought it’d be helpful and fun to break it down with the three most used oils and what I use them for.

lemon doterra essential oil

Lemon:  If you want to start with oils and don’t know where to really begin, this is the one for you. doTERRA sources their lemon from Sicily, Italy and is my personal favorite. It’s packed with so many benefits such as naturally cleansing the body and helping with digestion, supporting healthy respiratory function and can be used as a non-toxic cleaning product.

We all know how good for you lemon water is, but the lemons cut up in restaurants always make me a little nervous. Do you really know where they’ve been or what germs are sitting on them? When traveling I bring the lemon bottle with me (it’s tiny) and add a drop to my water glass. You can also add a couple of drops to warm water with honey to help soothe an irritated throat and boost your immune system.

Peppermint doterra essential oils

Peppermint: I love the way this oil always re-energizes me. If you already have the lemon oil, you can add a drop of this to the lemon water for a natural mouth wash. Benefits of peppermint include healthy respiratory function and clear breathing (helps with my allergies so much!), promoting good digestive health and can even be used to repel bugs naturally.

This little bottle is great to carry around if you get headaches. Rub a drop or two on your temples for relief!

Lavender doterra essential oil

Lavender: The smell of amazing spa’s around the world. doTERRA sources their lavender from the Provence region of France and is easily my second favorite oil. After a stressful day I reach for the lavender for it’s calming qualities. Grab a glass of wine, light the candles and add a few drops of lavender oil to the bath for relaxation. You can also put some of the oil on your pillows, bedding, or the bottom of your feet before bed. We had lavender diffusing as we got ready for all of the weddings this year. It really helped keep the space calm and relaxed (#hippiechic).

Crazy dog mom moment: when Oliver wasn’t sleeping through the night, Maggie suggested putting a drop of lavender on each paw before bedtime. We’ve been doing it nightly ever since and not only is he sleeping through the night, he isn’t whining as he falls asleep. It’s just like the Budweiser football commercial with superstitions. It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work. 😉

I have the introductory kit that was only $27 for all 3 of the above and find that those are ones I use consistently. Next up to purchase is a diffuser so I can have lavender going while we fall asleep or during an at home spa night!

*Use this link to purchase from the site without having an id/password

disclaimer: this isn’t a sponsored post nor do I profit from anything purchased. It’s just a product I use and love!


Currently Loving

Currently Loving Fringe Booties

It wasn’t until last season that I fell in love with coated denim. These black leggings would be a comfortable option and give that leather like appearance without the cost. For all the Audrey Hepburn lovers, this book gives a look at the icon’s home life and her favorite recipes. This neutral cape looks perfect for fall and I love the tribal-ish design. Fringe booties. Need I say more? These are a splurge, but ones that would go with endless outfits. A great gold cuff takes any outfit to another level. This one is a fabulous statement piece. An amazing plaid weekender that’s begging to be packed and taken on a road trip. The price is even better!


Bloomingdales Family and Friends Sale

Bloomingdales Family and Friends sale is going on online now and starts in stores tomorrow! I’ve broken it down by category and picked my favorites from the sale. There are tons of great sweaters and boots that you can get before they’re sold out and the cold weather strikes. I’m picking up another color of my favorite relaxed tee (runs large, I wear xs), I imagine curling up with a warm cup of coffee, a good book and this cozy sweater and this pair of winter white pants are just my style.




intimates & loungewear:



Weekend + Links

cheers tablescape

There are so many fun things going on this weekend and I’m.so.excited! This morning I’m hopping on a plane and heading to our last wedding of the year in Baltimore, for our friends Kelly and Nick. It’s my first time to the city and I can’t wait to test out some crab cakes and enjoy the cooler temperatures. An early morning flight on Sunday gets me back in Atlanta in time to head up to Barnsley Garden for a blogger getaway. The resort is so beautiful and I’m looking forward to some spa time, clay shooting (first timer over here!) and indulging in their delicious food. Follow along on snapchat for a behind the scenes look into our adventures – @ateale.

favorite links:

+ I’m really drawn to capes this season. This camel colored one is on my wish list!

+ This weeks beautiful home to drool over

+ I’ve been using this cream (color shade :light) before my foundation and I’m obsessed. It makes your skin look flawless and even includes SPF 50!

+ Great tips on work/life balance

+ The ultimate pumpkin recipe roundup

+ Why Tory Burch’s new activewear line is a big deal.


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Artist to know : Renee Bouchon

Renee Bouchon Painting

One of my favorite parts of Instagram is discovering new talent. It’s even better when they’re local to the southeast or in Atlanta. That’s exactly how I discovered the wildly talented Renee Bouchon. Her abstract art pieces are beautifully crafted and seamlessly fit into all kinds of spaces. It wasn’t until around a year ago that I started getting more and more into art, and now it’s one of my favorite things to purchase (and save up for!) for our house. I love the way a great piece of artwork elevates a room.

Renee Bouchon ArtworkRenee Bouchon ArtRenee Bouchon art_2Renee Bouchon PaintingsRenee Bouchon Canvas

I’d love to know any of y’alls favorite artists!


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Currently Loving

Currently Loving 9:23

I love a good hi-lo sweater and this one looks like it has just the right amount of drape. This cashmere scarf is on extra sale (use code SITESALE20 for extra 20% off!) and sure to keep you warm all winter. My closet is severely lacking oxblood anything. Thinking these pumps are a great way to change that.  This grey dress just arrived and I can’t wait to wear it. It’s super soft and the knot detailing makes for a flattering cut. Saving basically everything in this cookbook to make soon. As a fan of Jessica’s blog it’s no wonder I’m drawn to all her recipes in here! Most days I hate carrying around a bulky wallet. This iPhone 6 one is slim and lets you just carry the essentials.



Easy Chicken and Dumplings

easy chicken and dumplings

Growing up one of my favorite meals my mom made for us was chicken and dumplings. It wasn’t until Pinterest came around that she switched up the recipe and now rotates between a few. I have a few favorites, but a recent recipe that I tested out last night was easy and done in 40 minutes. A great weeknight option when it’s 7:00 and you still have no idea what to make for dinner. I picked up the herb flavored rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods to make things even easier. The added flavor was delicious!

disclaimer: I give up trying to photograph soup. All the good stuff sinks to the bottom. Just trust me when it comes to soups that I recommend.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings
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3 tablespoons butter
1½ cups diced onion (about 1 large onion)
2 cups thinly sliced carrots (about 4-5 carrots)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
5 cups chicken stock
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
1½-2 pounds roasted chicken, shredded
1¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon dried dill weed
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup milk, plus additional tablespoons as needed
5 ounces (weight) frozen peas (about 1 cup)


Heat butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and thyme. Cover and cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Onion should be softened. Sprinkle in ¼ cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Stir in chicken stock, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.

Add shredded chicken, reduce heat to low simmer. Cover and cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ¾ cup flour, baking powder, dill, garlic powder, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Gradually stir in ½ cup milk to form batter. Batter should hold together and be easy to drop by spoonfuls. If too thick add more milk a tablespoon at a time. If too thin, sprinkle in a bit more flour at a time until thick. Set aside.

Stir peas into stew. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls on top of stew, spaced apart. Cover, and continue to simmer until dumplings are firm, 15-20 minutes.



Life Lately

f1b goldendoodle puppy

It only seems right to start this ‘life lately’ roundup with our sweet new pup, Oliver. We drove up to Red Boiling Springs, TN (A Dog Spot) to pick him up on Saturday and have been in love with him ever since.

goldendoodle puppydog placemat and bowl

We ordered this placemat to help catch stray food or spilled water that Oliver knocks out, and it’s worked so well. I love the rubber material that this is made of.  It’s easy to clean and is even dishwasher safe. (bowls are from Homegoods)

Audrey Allman Horn Necklace-fall dress

Meet my new jewelry obsession, Audrey Allman Designs. This swing dress is super comfortable and looks so cute paired with a fur vest and booties (old, similar).

velvet loafers- sebago Hutton smoking shoes

Two favorite Audrey Allman necklaces layered together, an uber soft tee, my go-to denim and velvet smoking shoes that I can’t stop wearing.

Framebridge instagram pictures

Framebridge makes ordering and framing your Instagram photos a breeze! Upload your pictures straight from Instagram, pick your frame and they’re delivered to your door!

Vintage Cafe Charleston resturant

A favorite, new little spot in Mt. Pleasant, SC , Vintage Coffee & Cafe. Their food is out of this world good and they even serve acai bowls on the menu!


Weekend + Links

Baby blue front door

This weekend couldn’t soon enough! Brian and I both have puppy fever and I’m hoping that I can even fall asleep tonight I’m that excited. Sorry, crazy to-be dog mom over here. It was a busy, but exciting work week with quick trips to Virginia and south Georgia. A relatively low-key weekend ahead and cheering on the dawgs for the UGA v South Carolina game are what we have in store for the next few days.

favorite links:

+ The prettiest LA home reno. When can I move in?

+ 3 years of travel to 60 countries. Such an amazing video clip!

+ The battle to be the next Lululemon

+ These heeled booties are a great price for a fall/winter shoe that’ll be worn again and again

+ ‘27 things healthy people actually eat for lunch’ had some really tasty ideas I want to try!

+  The 10 coolest songs from the runways of NYFW

+ Consider this flannel a need. Most of mine are darker colors, so I’m loving this lighter option

What do y’all have planned this weekend?


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