Pily Q Smocked Swimsuit

IMG_6450IMG_6464IMG_6465IMG_6468IMG_6460Hi Sweet Peas! I’m sorry that it’s been forever since you’ve gotten a new post from me. Work has been quite the challenge recently as we have grown exponentially and I always believe that I owe it to my clients to give 110%. Unfortunately, that meant putting me on the back burner. However, do not fear! I am back, well rested, and rocking a little tan from our trip to Punta Cana that legitimately brought me back to life. I’m also thinking that a post about balancing life and self-care is in the near future, as I know I’m not the only 20-something still trying to figure all of this out… anyway, let’s move on to the fun stuff!

This week, I will be featuring a few different photo shoots from our trip! First up is this adorable Pily Q smocked swimsuit. I love the simplicity of an all black swimsuit and the details on this one make it a classic. The lacing can go up the front or the back, so feel free to make it as conservative or sassy as you feel comfortable with.  The little sleeves also tuck perfectly into the sides of the suit, making it perfect for sunbathing!

I have also been getting a ton of messages on Instagram about where I got my sunnies! They are Ray-Ban petite aviators and as usual, I will link everything at the end of the post!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday, I am heading into J.Crew to help them prep for their new spring/summer line this afternoon! YAY!! Would you all be interested in a post about my favorites from that line?

Happy Sunday my little loves!

XO- Liv

Outfit Details:

Swimsuit – Top – PilyQ Smocked Off-the-Shoulder top  Bottoms – PilyQ Ruched Seamless Full Bikini Bottom | Sunnies – Ray-Ban similar pair here

 

 

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Maaji Swimwear

IMG_5758IMG_5770IMG_5777IMG_5785IMG_8730IMG_8684IMG_5792Happy Wednesday from FREEZING cold and very snowy Michigan! I’m still dreaming of the 75-degree weather in Fort Myers that I got to enjoy this weekend, so I wanted to share a sunny post with you all to warm us up! How cute is this suit that I found at the Beach House in Naples’ Waterside Shops? I am obsessed with Maaji swimwear for so many reasons, first, the fabrics they use are beautiful and so well made. I always struggle to find swimsuits with fabric that isn’t flimsy, but I am always impressed with Maaji! Second, I love the fit of Maaji suits. They always have a swimsuit for each body style.  I have a couple of one piece suits from here and multiple mix and match bikinis.

I hope you all are staying warm in this snowy weather! I’m going to go get in my cozy pj’s and plan a vacation for Tyler and I so we can get out of this cold!

XO – Liv

Swimwear Details: Suit – Maaji Swimwear – I found it at the Beach House in the Waterside Shops – here is a link to their site and here is a link to Maaji’s | Sunglasses – RayBan | Flip Flops – J.Crew – don’t be discouraged by the limited sizes, they always bring these back in the spring! |

Christmas at My Parent’s Home

IMG_4195IMG_4194IMG_4196IMG_4188IMG_4190IMG_4204IMG_4185IMG_4183IMG_4181IMG_4186IMG_4199IMG_4200IMG_4201IMG_4210IMG_4208IMG_4224IMG_4227IMG_4229IMG_4231IMG_4218Oh, my goodness! Who else is spent their weekend running around like crazy people? Tyler and I had 5 family Christmas gatherings to go to this weekend, hence why this is just getting posted! I wanted to share with you guys my parent’s beautiful new home decorated for Christmas.  Growing up our house was always decorated to the nines for Christmas and this year was no different.  It’s so magical!  Now I know where I get my love for Christmas decor! But, even with all of the crazy running around it was so nice to spend time with each of our families, I’m so sad it’s over and it’s almost time to take down all of our decorations.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends. What fun traditions do you all have?

XO – Liv

Home Decor Details:

Sofas – Art Van – no longer available but they have so many similar ones! | Dining Room Set – Pottery Barn – TableChairs | Christmas Trees – Hobby Lobby | Lanterns – Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby | Birch Trees – Pottery Barn – no longer available | Bar Stools – World Market | Stair Garland – Hobby Lobby – no longer available but they bring it back every year! |

Holiday Party Outfit…

DSC_0384DSC_0397DSC_0407DSC_0386DSC_0394 (2)Happy Saturday my loves! I wanted to share this cute outfit with you all that is perfect for holiday parties of any kind! Last Christmas someone returned this Crew Cuts skirt to J.Crew and it happened to be my size, I immediately fell in love! I love black watch plaid for the holidays.  Most of the stuff I have on is old, but I did my best to find you similar items below!

Outfit Details:

Skirt – Crew Cuts by J.Crew – old | Sweater – Ann Taylor – old, but here is a similar one that I LOVE | Booties – Via Spiga – old here is a similar pair! | Handbag – Tory Burch | Necklace – J.Crew – old but similar one here |

XO – Liv

My Favorite Apple Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

Courtesy of Sarah from Savoring the Good

Oh my goodness you guys, I found this recipe on Pinterest over the summer and have been saving it to try this fall! I made it for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! I am not much of a baker, you can ask Tyler about my banana bread extravaganza and the chaos that was fruit pizza if you really don’t believe me, BUT this recipe was so easy and so yummy.  It does come out a little tart (I like it that way), but you can always use fewer cranberries if you like it sweeter.

For the full recipe go to http://www.savoringthegood.com! Sarah has a TON of great recipes for other things too!!

So first, I peel and cut up all of my apples! Sarah says she uses 1 1/2 lbs… I don’t actually know how many apples that is, so I used about 4 large Granny Smith apples! Then add your FRESH cranberries. The colors of this pie are so beautiful…

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Next, mix up all of your dry ingredients. Again, I changed up the recipe and only did 1 teaspoon of lemon zest because I knew the kids at our Thanksgiving wouldn’t love a strong lemon flavor! IMG_8415

Now, mix it all up and give your apples and cranberries a good coat! Pour it into your pie crust (I just use the pre-made pie crusts from the store… again, I’m not a baker.) Cut up your butter and spread the pieces evenly throughout your pie. DO NOT FORGET THE BUTTER…. I totally almost did, thank goodness my mom was supervising and Sarah puts this in the instructions twice!  IMG_8417

Now you can finish it off with whatever kind of crust you like on the top! I took the second pre-made pie crust and laid it on the top of the pie. Slice 4 holes in the top just to make sure it has plenty of ventilation! Then I took my pie crust cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma and used an extra crust to make some decorative leaves and apples, you can find those here.  I also did an egg wash on my pie crust to make it shiny.  If you want to do that, combine an egg and a splash of milk in a bowl, use a brush to cover your pie with an even, light coating. Cover the edges of your pie to make sure they don’t burn and stick that baby in the oven. IMG_4081

IMG_5536Thank you all for reading! I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing and you all got to spend time making memories with your loved ones!

XO – Liv