Atlanta in the Fall

Last week, my mom visited for Music Midtown. We sipped Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, picked apples, picked a pumpkin and decorated my little apartment with ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. We definitely made the most out of the beginning of fall and I ticked some things off my fall bucket list.

Here’s a recap of what we were up to!

My mom got here late Tuesday night. I only had Thursday/Friday off so we hung around the apartment after work on Wednesday.

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On Thursday, the first order of business was to climb Stone Mountain. My mom has been to the park but has never climbed to the top. It only took us a little over an hour to get up and back. The park is still pretty green and so pretty. These little yellow wildflowers dotted the landscape on our trek up.

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After Stone Mountain, and a quick trip to the dentist, we took a pit stop in downtown Decatur before the grocery store. I took her to my new favorite sandwich place, Victory Sandwich Bar. I first went here with my friend Katie and I’ve been hooked on their sandwiches (and Jack and Coke slushies) ever since. We got the hummus of the day (spicy sesame… noms), an Asian salad and a couple sandwiches to split. It was delicious. If you’re ever in Decatur, you should give this place a try.

 P.S. I’m not the only one to love them. Creative Loafing Atlanta named them “Best Sandwiches” this year in the Best of List. Check it out here

After Victory, we took a little walk around the square. I’ve been dying to try Cakes & Ale (named one of Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South) but can’t afford the price tag so we stopped in their bakery (right next door to the restaurant) to try a latte. They make their own syrups and baked goods in house! I tried their salted caramel latte with their homemade salted caramel. It was to die for! One of the best lattes I ever had. I have to go back to try more of their offerings. I might cave and get a dessert too!

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Friday and Saturday were spent at Music Midtown. Everyone was great but I especially loved Iggy Azaela, John Mayer and Zac Brown Band. As you can tell, I got pretty close to Iggy and ZBB. They put on a great show and it was a great way to end our first Music Midtown experience! Check out my Instagram for more pics and videos of Music Midtown!

Mercier Orchards 2 9.21.2014  Mercier Orchard 9.21.2014On Sunday we decided to go on a hunt for fall colors. We ended up in Blue Ridge, GA (about a little over an hour north) to go apple picking at Mercier Orchards.We each got a peck ($10) and I think we picked over 50 apples. Red, green and yellow varieties are in every nook and cranny of my kitchen. It was a lot of fun and not really that expensive for the amount of apples you get. We even got a fun tractor ride. When we went they had over a dozen varieties ready to pick. If you want to make the trip, I suggest checking their Facebook page or calling ahead. You wouldn’t want to drive all the way up there and pull up to them closed.

Blue Ride 9.21.2014After the orchard, we drove around the mountains and walked a quick hike to a mini waterfall. We ended up eating our fried pies (you can’t go to Mercier Orchards and not get at least one fried pie) next to the trickling stream. We also stopped at the river for a little rock jumping. Sunday Funday at its finest.

I had a great time visiting with my mom and I can’t wait for her to come up for Thanksgiving with my sister. Do you a fall bucket list? What are you looking forward to this season?
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After Party Sale Haul

Last daySource: Lilly Pulitzer

This is it. Today is the last day for the After Party Sale. I ended up with some great stuff during this year’s sale and there’s still lots of goodies on the Lilly website.

Here’s what I got during the After Party Sale!

mai tai scarf

Murfee Scarf in Mai Tai $118 $29

I LOVE this print and it’s been my iPad background since it came out. I’m excited to finally have a piece in this print. In my experience, scarves always sell out first. So I checked the scarves right at 8 to snag this. I think it sold out within the hour. PS this also came today. Talk about fast shipping!

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Lilly iPhone 5s Case in Resort White Coastal Patch $32 $9

I’ve been rocking the same Kate Spade silicon case I found at Norstrom Rack since I got my new phone last winter. I was looking for a new case to change it up and this one was too cute to pass up. The Lilly cases have drastically upgraded their quality from the earlier cases so I’m excited to get this in the mail.

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Leigh Trouser in Navy $168 $39

I’ve been looking for some navy pants for work and I thought these were a good deal. I haven’t bought trousers from Lilly so hopefully the fit and quality are there. I think these will be a great piece for Fall/Winter.

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Marielle Sweater in Watermelon $98 $29

This is another piece I wanted to take me into Fall/Winter for work. I’ve been wanting this sweater since it came out last Christmas so I’m excited for it to arrive! I’m a little nervous about this one shipping. I bought the pants and this in the same order and the pants shipped but this hasn’t yet. Cross your fingers this isnt sold out!

boarding bag

Boarding Bag in Navy $198 $49

This was a last minute impulse buy. Last Christmas, I almost bought the Mai Tai version with my Christmas money. The Mai Tai sold out by the time I say it but I’m glad I got the navy instead. I know this will be a great purchase and work well for travel. I also bought a little green makeup bag for $9 with this order. I think the two will work well together.

Bonus Tip

After the sale is over, be on the lookout for Rue La La sales. Every time Lilly has a sale like this, they usually have a Rue La La sale the week after.

 

Did you buy anything from the sale? 

 

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Photo Diary

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A couple weeks ago, I went to a Braves game with some friends. We got general admission tickets for only $8. Score! And had a blast in the upper levels.

IMG_4526I feel like I haven’t had a paper ticket in so long!

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I’ll be heading to a Braves game on Wednesday so be prepared for more pictures. I can’t believe the summer is winding down. School has started in the A and my work is starting to pick up again.
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C. Wonder Event with A Preppy State of Mind

In July, I had the chance to attend an event hosted by my friend and Rachel. Rachel is the blogger behind A Preppy State of Mind. Y’all have to check her blog out if you like preppy/girly fashion. She’s always post great OOTDs!

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Here are a few of my instas from the night. Rachel and I are sorority sisters so we had to throw what we know!

When I was hanging out in the store, I took a few pictures of the C.Wonder merchandise that caught my eye. What do you think of their new collection? Let me know in the comments below!

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Take me out to the ball game…

Braves Game

My sister and I at a Braves game last summer.

Since moving to Atlanta, I’ve only been to a few Braves games but I’m always wanting to go to more. There’s nothing more fun than to hit up a Braves game on a weekend and just spend the day hanging out with friends, drinking Sweet Water, and eating some baseball food.

I have been loving Krista Robertson’s new series on her blog Covering the Bases. She’s been posting outfit posts for each MLB team, including menswear ideas and guest bloggers. It’s such a great idea and I’ve been checking her blog everyday to catch the new look! Get it? Catch :P

Krista hasn’t gotten to the Braves, yet, but she got me thinking about what I like to wear to Braves games. Baseball style forks in two different directions for me; casual fun and girly (think SEC football game).

Braves Casual Baseball Style | www.flonmymind.com This outfit is cute and spirited while still being practical for a sporting event. The cross body bag keeps you hands free and the koozie will keep your beer cold. My Target has tons of Braves gear, including glitter koozies, so it’s easy to dress in the team colors. Old Navy also has MLB merch that’s pretty affordable including the v-neck shown. While perusing Polyvore, I saw the Alex and Ani bracelet which is such a cute touch.

Braves Girly Baseball style | www.flonmymind.com

This outfit looks very put together but it would be so comfortable for a summer night. I wish Lilly Pulitzer still made this Cassie dress. I have it in green and it’s a great way to look cute without having to deal with straps, buttons and zippers. I think it would look great with a red statement necklace and your trusty cross body bag and jacks. When I’m wearing something like this, I think a a hat or koozie with the logo is a nice touch and really pulls the look together.

I also think this would be a great date night look to watch the game. By the way, a baseball game would be such a fun date! I need to figure out a way to get asked to one. ;)

Have you been to a baseball game this season? What do you like to wear to the ball park? Let me know in the comments below!

 P.s. if you want to wear a new pair of Jack Rogers, check out the Marley Lilly + Jack Rogers Ultimate Monogram Sweepstakes. The contest ends tomorrow, April 16th, so enter today!

 

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Spring Cleaning: Patio Makeover

Patio Makeover | www.flonmymind.com

I think I’ve become an adult. I spent the whole day Saturday cleaning my patio and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I decided to renew my lease. So since I’ll be here for another year, I wanted to actually start using my outdoor space and make it a nice outdoor area for lounging and entertaining.

I had almost everything already but I did buy some new plants and a little table. This transformation is practically all elbow grease.

Patio Before | www.flonmymind.com

I wish I did a true before picture but this is what my patio looked like after I started to sweep and clean stuff off. It was gross. All the plants were dead. Dirt and pollen was everywhere and the grill needed to be cleaned.

And here are the afters!

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I swept and mopped the floor and cleaned the grill. After that I went to Ikea to get the cute little table and then I headed to the Home Depot to get some plants. I got a cherry tomato, regular tomato, two strawberry plants, mint and some annuals. I only spent $15 which wasn’t too bad since plants are always pricey.

After buying everything, I just wanted to lounge on the couch. But I was determined to finish. I planted everything, swept and mopped again (potting soil and I don’t get along) and then basked in the glory of such a nice patio.

I can’t wait to hang out on the patio on the weekends and start using the grill. I can definitely see myself chilling out there in the mornings with a cup of coffee and reading blogs on my iPad. It’s like I have a whole new room in my apartment.

Do you have any spring cleaning projects? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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