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LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF INSTAGRAM

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I love getting cuddles from Tugg. I have to take advantage of them while Cody’s gone because as soon as Cody gets home, Tugg wants nothing to do with me. Haha!

 

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On June 7th, we celebrated our 7 years anniversary. Cody hates taking photos but I guilted him into a little photo session with me before we went out to dinner 😉

 

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White & Gold Faux Deer Head via TJ Maxx: similar | similar

I have three of these hanging above our bed and they’re probably my favorite piece of home decor.

 

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If you haven’t already tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows, go buy some now! They are the price of drugstore products but the quality of high-end products! LOVE THEM!

 

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BFF Onesie (only $6!)

Anytime I see a onesie that says something about an aunt on it, I have to buy it. Stevie Rae has about 10 auntie onesies and my sister always has her wear one when I’m around.

 

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Romper ℅ Little Mistress | Yellow Crossbody Bag: similar | Denim Jacket: similar

Seriously, I can’t get over how much I love this little girl! She’s 10 months old and learned to walk last month. Now she walks all over the place, but all I want to do it is hold her and cuddle her and give her kisses. She puts up with me well 🙂

 

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Swimsuit ℅ Triangle Swimwear | Sunglasses ℅ Sheinside | Camera

The last couple weeks, I have pretty much lived in a swimsuit. It’s been over 100 degrees every single day!

 

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Striped Jacket ℅ Sheinside | White Tank | Black ShortsSunglasses ℅ Sheinside

 

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I got my new business cards a couple weeks ago and I love them. They’re simple and so perfect. I got them from Moo.com

 

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White Jeans: similar | Sandals ℅ Target

We had a cool evening (high 60’s) with some thunder storms last week so I busted out my jeans and sweater. Of course, the very next day it was 100 degrees again so I think me jeans will remain in my closet for a while now.

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I thought it would be fun to share a few pics from my Instagram account (@elementsofellis). By far, my favorite social media channel is Instagram (Snapchat is becoming a close second though). I love looking at the Read More

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CURRENTLY CRAVING: HOME DECOR

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1. Furry Stool | 2. Two Seater Sofa | 3. Ikat Chair | 4. Voluspa Candle | 5. Essence Pillow | 6. Metallic Gold Pouf (available in 15 other colors) | 7. Rug | 8. Three Legged Floor Lamp | 9. Metal Dining Chairs (set of 2 for $100) | 10. Dining Table

Since moving into our new house, I have had decorating on my mind. This house has more rooms than our last two homes, so we don’t have nearly enough furniture for it. Plus, a lot of the furniture/decor we do have, I don’t really like any more. Most of it is at least seven years old and our style has changed a lot in the past seven years. Our coffee table is an ottoman I’ve had since high school that I got Read More

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CAPITOLA

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Embroidered Dress ℅ SheIn | Denim Jacket: similar | Gladiator Sandals: similar | Panama HatSunglasses ℅ SheIn | Kate Spade Bag | Black Swimsuit: similar similar

Cody and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary (and 10 years together) over the weekend, and each year for our anniversary we go to Capitola, CA (it’s right next to Santa Cruz). And guess what just so happens to be on the same weekend as our anniversary? The annual Capitola Car Show. Cody’s hobby is fixing up old cars so this is like his dream vacation. Of course when I look at them, all I see is pretty colors. Haha! My favorite car was by far the sand car. Isn’t that thing so cool?! Someone has some magical sand Read More

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MUST HAVE SUMMER ESSENTIALS

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Panama Hat | Polaroid Camera | Swimsuit ℅ Triangle Swim: same |Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses ℅ SunglassesShop: same | Wifey Tote Bag ℅ ILY | Denim Shorts |Gold Sandals ℅ Little Mistress | Kimono ℅ Sheinside | Jergens Natural Glow | Sea Salt Spray | Moroccainoil | EOS Lip Balm | White Nail Polish

Can you believe the official start of summer is just a couple weeks away?! To me, it might as well already be summer because we’ve had 100 degree days! Way too hot! These are the items I rely on to get me through the hot summer days. I forgot to include my favorite make-up setting spray…this stuff is the best at keeping your makeup from melting off your face. Oh and I also forgot Read More

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LATELY…

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White Shirtdress (on sale!) | Slip Dress (I’m wearing underneath): similar  Kendra Scott Earrings | Gorjana V NecklaceGorjana Aida Cuff Ring

Hey! Hey! I thought it might be fun to get a little more personal and share what I’ve been watching, reading, using, etc. 

Watching: Vikings. Cody got me hooked on this show. He watched the first episode of season 3 and then told me we needed to get it on Netflix so we could see it from the beginning. We’ve been binge watching the first two seasons and just finished them the other day. Now I’m  Read More

HOME DECOR

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I have been working on styling our coffee table since we bought our house almost a year ago and it’s finally complete…that is until I find something new to add to it. My best friend is Nate Berkus (ok, I’ve never actually met him in real life but I loved him on Oprah and when he had his own show, I watched every single episode so that practically makes us besties in my world) and Nate would always says that a space should feel collected over time, so I didn’t want to rush the process of decorating our coffee table. Below are my tips for creating the perfect coffee table that will work for any style.
1. Layers: Just like with clothes, layers add interest. A stack of books give your guests something to read and a tray is perfect for organizing items. Scents is another great way to add layers. Like my good ol’ pal Nate Berkus says “Layer scent throughout your home with the new Unstopables collection. It will add so much elegance”
2. A Personal Touch: Your home should be a reflection of you. (Another tip I’ve heard from my main squeeze Nate). Our coffee table book was the guest book at our wedding. It brings back great memories every time I see it. I recently got the Polaroid camera for Valentine’s day and immediately added it to our coffee table. I can’t wait to see all the pictures our guests snap. I’m pretty sure that when my mom, sister, and niece come over next week, we will be taking a ton of pictures of our little Stevie Rae 🙂
3. Natural Elements: Incorporating nature into your tablescape doesn’t just mean flowers. You can also add faux moss balls, flowering branches, wooden coasters or a scent found in nature. The Lush and Shimmer scents from the Unstopables collection have a hint of floral in them.

4. Candles: Candles add ambiance to the space. The candle that is currently on my coffee table is the Unstoppable candle in Fresh. I’m obsessed with that smell but you can also layer your scents “with the new Unstopables collection. You can add individual scents or mix and match candles, room sprays, in-wash scent boosters, scented oil warmers and fabric refreshers to create a home fragrance that’s truely you.” Thanks Nate Berkus for that tip because I would have never thought of doing that.

5. Add A Throw Blanket: I LOVE throw blankets! They make the space feel so cozy. Don’t be afraid to drape one over the coffee table. It adds texture and warmth to the table (no pun intended). And you guys, my blankets have never smelled so good! I’ve been washing them with the Unstoppables in-wash scent boosters and omigod, they’re amazing! I just want to snuggle up in my blankets 24/7.

I hope you enjoyed taking a glimpse into my living room and found these tips useful. And can I just say that the Unstoppables collection really is the bombdigity! I normally clean my house on Thursdays but I didn’t have time to do a good cleaning this week so I just used the Unstoppables fabric spray and Unstoppables air freshener, both in the scent ‘fresh’, throughout the house and my house smells so clean! Sometimes I feel like air freshener type sprays can be too overwhelming and give me a headache but these have a light airy-ness to them that makes them smell so natural and not too strong at all.

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Meet My Neice + Bloggers Closet Charity Fashion Auction

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Before we talk about the amazing auction (below), I have to tell you my exciting news….my sister had her baby yesterday!!! Meet the little girl who has stolen my heart, Stevie Rae Statz. I’m so in love! I’ll be sharing some more photos of her on the blog soon because well, there’s no way I’m not forcing that baby to model with me in some photos 🙂 
One of my best blogger friends, Lauren from Style Elixir (we were roomies at LuckyFabb), is the founder of Bloggers Closet and has an exciting celebrity charity fashion auction event that just started… Bloggers Closet has partnered with actress, producer and The Real talk show host, Tamera Mowry-Housley! (I’m a huge fan of Sister Sister so this is like pretty awesome if you ask me!)

From now through August 12, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to shop Tamera’s personal closet – she is auctioning some seriously gorgeous designer fashion!  All proceeds will be donated to I Have A Dream Foundation, a

n amazing national organization that helps children in low-income communities pursue and achieve their career dreams.  They provide guaranteed tuition support, as well as personal coaching from elementary school through first year college.

Bloggers Closet will also be donating 10% of all sales site-wide during the next week – so it’s a perfect time to shop for a cause!  I’ve also listed items for sale from my closet too, you’ll find them here.

Below is a preview of just some of the pieces that you can shop from Tamera’s closet… Rachel Zoe, BCBG, French Connection, Michael Kors and Karen Millen to name but a few. View all her items and make a bid here, you’ll look gorgeous and feel great knowing you helped a very worthy cause! Happy bidding! 

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Snapshots of my New Home + Our Journey Along The Way

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This month marks one year since the hubs and I decided to live on the wild side and throw our life into shambles. Not the smartest time in our lives. The hubs quit his job for a job that required traveling around California, we sold our house and put all our belongings in storage (except for my clothes because there is no way I can part with those for any length of time), and we bought a big trailer to live in while we traveled for his work. We called it our “transion” (trailer-mansion) and we called ourselves high-class trailer trash. One thing we forgot…we are total homebodies. Two weeks into our adventure we were crying, “What have we done?! We want to go home!” I don’t know how rock stars do it because it is tough out on the road.
Needless to say, our life on the road didn’t last long but our life as high-class trailer trash lasted six months. We were still unsure of where we would land and didn’t want to get locked into a rental lease, so we stayed living in the trailer while we figured things out. Me, the hubs, a chocolate lab, and an English bulldog all in the “transion” that seemed to be becoming smaller and smaller each day.  
Da Dada Da!!! And then came my amazing Aunt and Uncle. They live near the hubs’ work and offered to let us live in their guest house. You mean I get to live in a house the doesn’t have wheels? Sleep in a real bed? And the dogs will have 75+ acres to roam? Bye Bye trailer! Hello my favorite aunt and uncle! (to my dad’s two other sisters, you’re my favorites also). Living in their guest house was a dream come true. The hubs and uncle did whatever guys do together…golf, ride horses, that sort of thing. And my aunt and I lounged by the pool, shopped, and took the dogs for long walks. They even made us home cooked meals at least once a week, which is a real perk for someone who doesn’t absolutely love to cook. Because of they’re generosity, we were able to save save save for a bigger down payment on a house. After a few months of blissful living, the hubs and I were ready to look for a place of our own to settle down in. My aunt and uncle introduced us to a realtor, went with us to look at homes, and (along with my parents) gave us financial advice. Thanks, Aunt Julie and Uncle Pete, for giving us the guidance and the encouragement we needed to take the plunge into home ownership again. By the first of April, we bought and moved into our gorgeous new home. We are so happy here and so grateful for my aunt and uncle. I’m not going to lie though, I spent the first night in our new home crying because I missed my aunt and uncle and wanted to go back and live with them forever. Why wouldn’t they want to live with us and our two dogs forever too? We were awesome roommates. You can bet we have gone over to their place for a few visits since we moved.
It’s hard to believe it was only a year ago that we went temporarily insane, made such a major change, and have already landed back on our feet. Now we are busy decorating our house (if only we were millionaires and could buy everything we need to make it complete all at once) and living the homebody lifestyle we’ve learned (the hard way, I might add) we love. That is until the next time we go temporarily insane…
Thank you Aunt Julie and Uncle Pete for taking us in when you did, and thank you to both our parents for your support too!

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