My Husband’s Modern, Rustic “Man Cave”/Office Space

We’ve finally completed my husband’s office, so I thought I’d share a peek of it with y’all. He wanted it to offer a sitting area with a “man cave” kind of feel, a desk space for when he works from home and shelving for all his knick-knacks. The shelves are not styled perfectly as they’re more for function than to humor my LUV of shelf styling. (He prefers function over fashion… so weird.) Not pictured in the other corner is his Pottery Barn desk that he picked out, but again, it hasn’t been styled very pretty, so I spared you the photos for now. It is a beauty though. His sofa is this one, but here’s a less expensive option that is almost a spitting image.

I’ve linked the items in the carousel at the bottom of this post. The art above his sofa is a print by the AMAZING CC & Mike print shop! It was super affordable, came rolled up, and I found the inexpensive frame at Hobby Lobby. I’d been on the hunt for a live-edge coffee table and the one I’d been wanting from World Market had been sold out for months! I finally found this one at Homegoods, but the super similar one from World Market appears to be restocked for the moment. I’ve linked that at the end of this post as well.

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

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Setting Up for Summer… Our New Outdoor Furniture with LexMod

Our back”yard” space has needed some affection for quite some time. Our garage is detached in the back of our home, and the space in between the main home and our garage isn’t all that big. In addition, our pool takes up a good deal of that space. So… being strategic with the furniture is crucial.

We decided on a different set-up than we had before, and opted for a larger dining table (the previous one only sat 4) as we are constantly entertaining and usually need more seats. I fell in LUV with this set from LexMod Furniture. I’m still waiting on some lounges as well, but I can tell you I’m so smitten with this set that I could scream it from the rooftops! I wanted light and neutral and weather-proof, and this set totally fits the bill. It’s already been rained on several times and the water just repels right off of it. It’s also easy to wipe clean and the seating is large and comfortable.

I added a striped rug, my favorite tree and these insanely affordable lanterns. (I’m telling you these are triple the price anywhere else!) Globe lights are a must IMO for any outdoor dining space! They create the perfect ambiance for an outdoor mealtime experience, and this lantern is the perfect touch for my modern farmhouse decor.

I hope you like what we’ve done with the space! As our lounges arrive, you may see we do some rearranging, so keep an eye here to see how the space evolves with the addition of those pieces. Cheers to summer living and time with the people we LUV the most! Let me know what you think in the comments! xxoo

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*I worked with LexMod on this post, and items were sponsored, but opinions are all my own and 100% true. Affiliate links are also included in this post, and I receive a small commission when you purchase any of the items I have suggested. Thanks for your support!

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My Picks for the Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE

I went to the mall yesterday to scope out the sales and try to get an idea of what I think y’all will LUV this half-yearly sale… my local store did not have as great a selection on clothes this sale (sometimes the store can be harder to shop, because items are more randomly dispersed, and there are tons of people), but I did buy 3 pairs of shoes! (Don’t judge.) My husband got some great deals as well! So I hopped online and did a little more research and found tons of items I LUV and know you will too! Skip the crowds and lines, and shop my favs below! I believe all of these (or at least most) are currently 40% off (some designer pieces 33%)! I’m familiar with a good deal of these brands, so if you’ve got any questions… just ask! Happy shopping!

Shoes:

Clothes:

Accessories:

Girl’s clothes:

Boy’s clothes:

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A Boho-Inspired, Cactus & Succulents-Themed Bridal Shower

My brother-in-law is getting married! And I had the pleasure of throwing a bridal shower for his BEAUTIFUL future bride. True to my LUV of simple cacti and succulents, deciding on a theme for the shower was super simple. Here’s a peek at what it looked like and how you can create the same look…

I bought the this blank hanging sign in the Target Dollar Spot and wrote a welcome note on it with a gold Sharpie. Then I just hung it in front of the wreath on my door. Welcome in…

Recreate this tablescape:

I got the Love Never Fails sign and the faux oranges at Hobby Lobby. (I also added some real tangerines to the tables.)

My Mother-in-law is the cakeboss in our family and she made this gorgeous cake creation. We added faux succulents to the top and put the cake on a turquoise cakestand.

The bride’s sister made this adorable tray of donut “rings”. 🙂

I bought this large serving bowl and made an easy salad in it of mixed greens, strawberries, sliced almonds and dried cranberries. Super easy and looks pretty! 🙂

I’m all about easy, so I bought premade chicken salad from Costco and added them to croissants. Easy peasy… just like I like. I threw them on this pretty turquoise and silver platter. The “Mr.” & “Mrs.” toothpicks were purchased at Target as well.

Shop some of these decorations and serving pieces:

Shop my dining room and kitchen tables/chairs:

   We had everyone write their best wishes and/or advice to the bride & groom. We got these sheets in the seasonal department, but here are some adorable advice coasters you could use for this.

We served sangria & mimosas and used pretty buckets for the bottles.

The bride’s sister put together a cute candy station for favors. (I linked some candy bags you could use in the carousel above, in this post.)

She also put together these cute prizes for some of the games we played.

My favorite item the bride was gifted (it was not from me) was this adorable hat with our last name. Not sure if this is the same one, but click the hyperlink, if you’re interested… I know I want one for myself! 🙂

The afternoon was perfect, filled with lots of love and happiness, and came together perfectly with a little teamwork. I’m so excited to have another sister, and I hope she enjoyed the day as much as I did. 🙂

Feel free to Pin any of the images you see, if you’d like to plan a similar party in the future. Hope you enjoyed! xxoo

*Photo credit to Britt Ambrester of Nostalgic Heart Photography for some of the photos in this post.

**Some affiliate links were used in this blog post, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase some of the items I have listed. This is how I pay for my time, so I hope you’ll purchase through the links I have attached. As always, I wouldn’t link something if I didn’t LUV it myself. Thanks for your support!

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Matching {Mommy & Me} Tutus & A Discount Code for You!

Last week, Emerson and I went to a darling Mom & Me Tea Party, hosted by Eventing Tampa Bay. When we registered for the event, I immediately went to hunting for the perfect matching “Mom & Me” ensembles. While perusing Instagram, I found a site that sells the most adorable tutus, including matching sets for moms & daughters called Tutu Moi. {Insert Carrie Bradshaw obsession.} Ummm… perfect!

I happen to believe every girl should have at least one tutu. You can style them with a bodysuit, button-up blouse, something flowy or just a simple tee or tank. Regardless of the top you wear, when you’re sporting a tutu, you’re instantly going to shine! If you’re wearing a simple top, chunky necklaces are also a great addition. I styled ours with some simple black bodysuits we already owned. (Em’s is actually her ballet leotard.)

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a discount code to save 15% on the tutu(s) of your choice!

There are few things that make me happier than matching my mini, but this tutu is great whether you’re matching your little or not. Tutus are wonderful options for day or evening. When you have a bridal or baby shower, wedding or those holidays parties role around, a tutu is always an option you can style in new ways over & over. Hence, why every gal should have a tutu in her wardrobe. (Told you.)

The detail on the back of this tutu is absolutely gorgeous, embellished with a beautiful, antique-looking pearl brooch. And the oodles and oodles of layers of tulle make the skirt extra full and fluffy.

Whatever the wardrobe question, a tutu is the answer. Tutu Moi has been kind enough to offer my followers 15% off anything in their store! Use code LUVBEC15 for 15% off your order! Tell them Luv, Bec sent you! Happy shopping! 🙂

*Luv, Bec receives a small commission when you purchase the items I’ve recommended. However, please be assured, I would never recommend something I did not truly LUV! Thanks for your support!

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My Favorite Sample Sale is Back! But Hurry… It’s Ending Soon!

If you follow along often, you know I wait every year for this sale to roll around. And then I stock up. (Because each bag is TOTALLY different, right?! lol) And you always write me telling me how much you LUV your Rebecca Minkoff bags and how awesome the deals were you snagged! Sooooo… I can’t let this sale pass without sharing it again! There are only a couple days left to grab a bag (or two or three), so hurry over! I’ve linked some of my favorites in the carousel below. I have many of these different styles, so feel free to comment any questions you have! 🙂 

Happy shopping!

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Blue & White Stripes

Nothing says summer like blue & white stripes. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some of my favorite blue and white styles for all budgets…

Dress & clutch are both Vici.

These shoes come in solid black as well, and the price is unbeatable!

Styles of Blue & White Stripes I LUV:

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The Perfect One-Piece Swimsuit and Cover-up (and Other Styles I LUV)

Last week, we spent a few days at our favorite little island in Boca Grande. When we’re there, we basically live in swimsuits and cover-ups, so before our trip, I got to hunting on some new styles to pack. This lace cover-up sold out quickly but appears it is restocked, so grab it quick! Before I could even post this, my swimsuit sold out, but here’s one from the same store that is super similar and selling out quickly as well, so hurry, hurry! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some of my other favorite styles!

Shop this outfit:

Other one-piece suits I LUV:

Some other beach-trippin’ pieces I LUV:

Happy Summer & Happy Shopping!

*This article contains affiliate links, which means I get paid a small commission when you purchase the items I’ve recommended. However, I would never recommend something I did not truly LUV! Thanks for your support!

 

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Some Sunglasses I {Currently} LUV…

When it comes to sunglasses, I’m kind of excessive. I certainly don’t believe sunglasses have to be expensive or designer to be cute and on trend. BUT… I do LUV me some sunnies, so I tend to buy more frequently than is probably necessary. So in that sense, I kind of consider myself a connoisseur of trendy sunnies. I’ve linked below some of my favorite shades of the moment. You’ll see there are some splurges and several under $15-20! Whatever your budget, I have something for all of you. There are even a few links scattered in there for designer shades at a fraction of the price. Happy shopping! (Photographed below I’m wearing my favorite sunnies this season. They go with EVERYTHING and are linked first.)

 

*Disclaimer: Some of the product links on this site are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something from these links Luv, Bec receives a commission. I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my favorite products with you. (I even own many of these styles myself.) Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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The Brand New, Family-Friendly Rustic, Modern Resort in Orlando We LUV Big Time

Being from Central Florida is kind of like being on a permanent vacation. Here in Tampa, we live only about a half hour from the beach and only about an hour and fifteen minutes from Orlando and all of the big theme parks. We also lived in Orlando prior to having children, so we’ve spent a lot of time at the local resorts. Having experienced so many of the Disney and Universal Orlando resorts, we’ve really had a chance to figure out what we like/don’t like, what’s best with kids and the best ways to accommodate your budget.

We recently had learned that Loews Hotels had just opened a brand new resort as one of their Universal Orlando properties. If you don’t know already know this, just like Disney has on-site resort hotels, so does Universal. And having spent some time in the hospitality industry in Orlando, I know very well that Loews properties have an exceptional standard of luxury, while still being affordable and very kid-friendly. I’d previously spent time at some of their other properties like Portofino Bay, the Hard Rock Hotel & the Royal Pacific Hotel, but had seen that Loews had recently opened 2 new resorts, including Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the one I had my eye on… Sapphire Falls Resort.

My daughter’s birthday was coming up, and she’s suggested a weekend in Orlando, in lieu of a birthday party. (Uhhh… yes, please!)  Let me think… a bunch of kids and a stinky bounce house, or cocktails by the pool and family time away… no brainer. And let’s get real, at the cost of birthday parties these days, we could have a little weekend away for almost the same price. Since my birthday is only a week after my daughter’s, we enlisted the company of our best friends (mine and my daughter’s happen to be in the same family) and we hopped online to pick our resort destination…

(*Let’s pause for a personal admission: So… I was torn with whether to bring my nice DSLR camera or not. I typically take my photos for the blog with my camera, but I really wanted you guys to get an organic look at the resort, as we were seeing it, and sometimes the camera can “spruce” things up a bit. When my friend and I started researching online which resort we wanted to stay at, we went straight to Google Image to find REAL pictures people had posted at the resort. You can find plenty of stock photos on the resort’s website, but since the resort is so new, I wanted you guys to get a real feel of our experience with quick photos I snapped throughout our trip. I hope these photos do just that for you, but feel free to check out the Sapphire Falls website to see a beautiful array of photos. This is a great video of the resort as well, as posted by the Orlando Sentinel.)

Sapphire Falls is a brand new Loews Hotel property that opened last July. From the moment you enter the hotel, it’s obvious how brand-spankin’ new the resort is because it even smells fresh and new! The sheets still feel extra crisp, and everything just feels exceptionally clean and shiny. (That’s obviously the clean freak in me talking.)

The check-in process was seamless, and our kids enjoyed the oversized lobby with fun seating and “beach balls” (as they called them) on the ceiling. I just admired the gorgeous mix of rustic and modern decor, the beautiful use of marble with reclaimed wood and midcentury modern furniture mixed with farmhouse style. I mean- whoever designed this space hit the nail on the head with the perfect blend of styles. I can DEFINITELY see why they said the decor of this resort would speak to me!


Near the elevators, there are these huge bay windows with a panoramic view of the pool. The kids could not WAIT to get down there and check out the scenery. We had dinner reservations our first night off-property, so we had a couple hours to chill and check out what the resort had to offer. So, we went down by the pool so my friend Val and I could have a margarita (duh!) and the kids could take down some ice cream and french fries (parenting at it’s finest).

There’s an area of tables and chairs by the pool (you can see behind the kids in the photo above), where you can order food and there are several things for the kids to do. So Val & I enjoyed a few moments without kids yelling “Mom”, which was FABULOUS. They were occupied, we could see them, and we actually felt like we were on vacation. (Winning.) There is an adorable firepit area with sand, so the kids built sandcastles, and then they’d splash around in the little splash area (the kids LOVED this), coming back intermittently for bites of french fries and ice cream the amazing staff brought by. Truth of the story… an amazing staff member named Christian heard the boys fighting with the girls over a broken sandcastle and noticed that us Moms were so enjoying our “break”. So he brought ice cream over to the kids (with our permission) making them promise they’d get along. They took the bait, and we enjoyed a few more moments of quiet before heading up to get ready for dinner.

Let me briefly talk about the insane room we stayed in… (Thank you Loews Hotels!) We arrived to a suite, which was INCREDIBLE having 5 kids with us. The decor was amazing! (Can I just say I’m OBSESSED with the lighting throughout this entire property?!) The beds were comfy, and we LOVED that we had a separate bathroom the kids could use, a living and dining space the kids could play in while we could relax and get ready in our own room, and the wet bar and fridge to stock our wine {cough}… I mean… food and juice boxes. 😉 The kids favorite part… we had a doorbell. Kids are easily entertained.

Our master bathroom had a barn door, which I know you’d all agree with me was just the cutest thing ever. Even cooler… the kids had a separate tub/shower than our large walk-in shower. I’m a little spoiled after our bathroom renovation, so I still LUV to have a really large shower when we’re away from home.

Plus,the view from our room of the river to City Walk was gorgeous!

Which brings me to my next point… You can actually take the riverboat to all of the Universal theme parks and the City Walk area. On the last day there, we actually took the boat to lunch before checking out, and it was so convenient! Not having to fight (or pay) for parking was an added perk, but the fact that the kids also enjoyed the ride was an added bonus.

When you’re ready to go back, you just look for the sign to Loews Sapphire Falls, and jump back on…

Day two brought a lot of fun! We hung by the pool and actually rented a cabana to decorate for my daughter’s birthday and have a place we could set up the pack and play for the baby. We had the space for the whole day, with our own waiter and chairs. I would say if you have a big group, it’s worth every penny, if your vacation budget allows it. When you (or your kids) need a break from the sun, you can lounge and watch TV (or in our husbands’ cases- sports). Whether or not you have a cabana, the pool is HUGE and has tons of seating all around! I highly recommend the Grapefruit margarita and the fish tacos. 🙂

Lastly, I HAVE to tell y’all about the amazing dinner experience we had on property. The resort has a few charming restaurants including The New Dutch Trading Company that is a grab-and-go type foodery that has the most AMAZING farmhouse decor. Can we talk about this black and white patterned tile?! Again.. the lighting!

There’s also Strong Water Tavern (which we didn’t get a chance to try), but again, the decor is fabulous and it looks like it would be a great place to check out sans-kids for a relaxing date night. Apparently they serve up vintage rums (by your own rum specialist) a ceviche bar and a patio overlooking the lagoon. Sounds amazing.

We had the pleasure of dining at the Amatista Cookhouse on property our last evening at the resort. Let me just say, I may not be a “foodie” per se, but I consider myself a connoisseur of restaurant decor and ambiance, and I can spot a winner when I see one. From the food, to the service (thank you to our server Michael for the friendly and wonderful service) to the ridiculously amazing decor (think your favorite beach restaurant meets Restoration Hardware), everything was top notch. I HIGHLY recommend the sofrito and my husband said I should make sure to mention the crab cakes. (I can’t speak for them though, because he didn’t share. I’m not kidding.)

We finished our night by the firepit I mentioned. The staff sold little s’mores kits, so the kids enjoyed making s’mores and playing in the sand, while us “grown-ups” enjoyed sitting around the fire over a glass of wine.

My only complaint I have about our trip, was that it had to end. I can assure you we will be back. Luckily, we’re close enough we can make this a recurring event. So the only question is… when shall we go back? 🙂

If you have any questions at all about the resort or my suggestions for things you should do while in Orlando, don’t hesitate to comment below! I’d also LUV to know what your favorite things to do in Orlando are, or where you might like us to explore next… We’re ready for another adventure! 🙂 Thanks for everything Loews Hotels! You have a friend in me. #LuvBecTravels

*Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Loews Hotels and Sapphire Falls Resort. That means that I made arrangements with the resort prior to our stay. I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my very own opinions and would never convey feelings that were not 100% my own. Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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