patio refresh!

Hi, everyone! I’m back 🙂 and on Sunday night which feels really good. Those of you that live up here in the upper Midwest are rejoicing along with me as we’ve had our first few days of warmer weather and some beautiful sunshine that we were able to enjoy this weekend. At the first sign of this weather I was outside spraying down my patio and my furniture because I was so excited to set up all of my new items that I’ve been buying over the last few weeks.

I had had the same patio set for the last couple of years and while there was nothing wrong with my chairs or main furniture the cushions were beginning to fade and I was eager to try a refresh with a new color scheme and theme. I kept my same gray Adirondack style chairs from Target but everything else out on the patio is new! Check out all of the photos below and I will also give details of where everything was purchased.

I have been so eager to share this with all of you and I hope you love it as much as I do! I am so excited for the summer ahead spent reading, relaxing, having conversations with friends and family, napping, enjoying a cold beer, and hanging out with Luna in this space.

Here are both of my chairs – each with a little bit of a different combination in order to add some extra pattern mixing and fun 🙂

Patio chairs – as I mentioned above these chairs I have owned for a couple of years. They are a nice dark grey in color and are the Adirondack style but plastic which means they’re less than 20 dollars instead of north of 100 dollars like real Adirondack wood chairs are. Target continues to sell these chairs and in multiple colors so you can find some still this year!

Chair cushions – the earthy green toned cushions are from the threshold brand at Target. I got them a few weeks ago on a 2 for $24 sale and I just noticed in this week’s ad that it’s going on again! So if you’re in the market for new patio cushions this is a great week to get some. They have lots of solid color options but also a few patterns. Since I knew I wanted busier pillows I decided to go with a solid color on the cushions.

Pillows – On the left chair the geometric multicolor triangle patterned cushion/pillow is from Gordmans. I love the cheerfulness of this pattern and it was under $15! The white pillow with the pink and orange pattern is from Wayfair. On the right chair the cute white and green cactus patterned pillow is also from Wayfair, and the ADORABLE coral Aloha pillow is from Gordmans. It’s hard to see in the picture but the aloha and the pineapple are white sequins which is a fun glitzy addition!

Outdoor rug – This great striped warm-colored rug in yellow, orange, red is from Hobby Lobby! It is in the spring shop so it’s been 40% off for a few weeks making it under $20! I love the texture and it holds up great with rainy weather and outdoor wear and tear. The outdoor rug I had with my last set of patio stuff was also from Hobby Lobby and I loved it which is why I went back there to search for a new one to go with this color scheme.

Outdoor table/garden stool – This bright yellow metal woven garden stool/table is from Wayfair. I think it will be great and really durable for outside. It’s a little smaller than I was hoping for but it goes great with everything else that I picked out so I’m going to make it work!

Glassware/lanterns – Both of the colored class pieces are from Hobby Lobby and were 50% off this past week which means it will be a week or two until they’re back on sale. I loved the beautiful orange colored one and the shape is unique. It’s got a candle stand inside so I may grab a solar candle to put in there for some extra light. The green one is a colored mason jar with a handle so it could also easily house an outdoor safe candle.

Plant and plant stand – My beautiful cactus-style plant is called a jade plant. I found it the other weekend at Lowes and love how it reminds me of a cactus but it has beautiful pink-lined leaves and isn’t prickly like a cactus – it is soft and smooth. The cute gray plant stand has little wooden legs and is from TJMaxx!

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Outdoor string lights  – both sets of my string lights are from Target. One has a very defined circular shape while the other style is like the vintage/Edison style lightbulbs that are so popular now. I strung them both on command strip hooks attached to the siding/wall of the patio.

Wall hanging – the cute “It’s all good” décor piece is from Hobby Lobby. I found it when I was there this weekend looking for something specific for another room in my house and I loved the palm tree and floral outline. It goes perfectly with my color scheme and I thought to myself “what a great mantra”. So now each time I’m on my patio I’ll have the reminder that it’s all good and I’m grateful to be spending some time outside and enjoying the fresh air and summer days and nights in an outdoor space.

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As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read! I hope that if you haven’t pulled your patio furniture out of the garage yet this will inspire you to do so and give your outdoor space a little TLC so that you can take advantage of the beautiful weather ahead of us. Have a wonderful week!!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

my favorite influencers

Hi, everyone! It looks like Wednesday might be my new norm…I am working hard to keep fresh content for you all and my goal is to start posting 2 times a week whenever possible. At the beginning of May I am going to be involved in a really exciting project with Gordmans that I can’t wait to share more about soon.

I also am going to be traveling to two different US cities the first week of May in a back-to-back trip so there is going to be LOTS of exciting content coming back for all of you: food, shopping, lifestyle, and just travel diaries in general. I have a feeling these next few months will be the best yet on the blog 🙂

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite influencer accounts and fellow bloggers with all of you. I follow some really massively followed account on Instagram that are always producing amazing content but I also follow plenty of people who are just like me: building their following and finding their place in the blogosphere (I’m not sure if that word is even a thing but I’m going to go with it…haha). I will group my favorite accounts by fashion, décor, travel/food, and then overall inspiration so that you can take a peek at all of them on Instagram based on what you’re looking for inspo in.

FASHION

  • Bre Sheppard – @bresheppard = Bre lives in Seattle, WA and she is one of the bloggers I’ve been following for the longest amount of time. She has such a fun style and she ROCKS the short blonde which is part of the reason I decided to cut my hair shorter last year. It was a fun change and I’m looking to do another chop again soon. Bre also tends to have amazing shoe recommendations which I am always on the hunt for…

 

  • Jessica Crum – @jesshogancrum = Jess is in my opinion about as close to a southern belle as you can get! She lives in Houston, TX and her account is one I’ve been following for a few months now. Admittedly she is a little bit more glam than I am from a beauty perspective (hair extensions, beauty-intensive in general) but I find that her fashion tips are really great. I am always excited to see the outfits she puts together and her blog content is excellent. She is the one who I first found goldenstrand jewelry through which is the AMAZING shop that I have scored some unique statement earrings from. Another bonus is that she and her husband also own a goldendoodle who’s name is Waffles 😀 so dang cute!!

 

  • Taylor Jacobs – @gracefullytaylored = Taylor lives in Louisiana and there is just something about her feed that always draws me in. She loves pinks/rose colored tones and her photos definitely reflect that. She has a relaxed style that I admire from a fashion perspective and she loves neutrals and solid colored pieces that go with anything.

 

DECOR

  • Jillian Harris – @jillian.harris = Jillian is one of the designers from the HGTV show Love It or List It and I LOVE following along with her on Instagram. She is a big lover of all things clean and fresh when it comes to design. In her own home she has a lot of white and neutral shades. Her kitchen is one that is on my dream list. Completely white, white subway tile backsplash, and then some amazing gold statement pendants hanging over the island. She is also really activity on insta stories so it’s fun to watch her daily life 🙂

 

  • Jen Streeter – @blissfully_eclectic = Jen’s style is unreal and screams all things boho and natural woven textures or very eclectic, just as her username implies! She has some incredible spaces in her house and she really brought on a lot of the inspiration that I had for re-doing and adding to the second bedroom/bonus room at my house. I always like watching for small changes she makes in each of the rooms in her house. This past weekend when the Opalhouse collection dropped at Target (Oh.My.Gosh) she added some pieces to her room including a rug and some pillows that make the space look almost brand new by only changing a handful of things.

 

  • Julia Marcum – @chrislovesjulia = Julia’s page is one of my newest followings on Instagram and I am absolutely loving it. My good friend Brittany loves working on her house and DIY projects as much as I do and she is the one who pointed out this account to me. It very much matches her clean, farmhouse style tendencies and I like the elements that it brings to the table. It isn’t necessarily a style I would normally gravitate to but I think by following accounts that don’t match my exact style I learn to appreciate and incorporate other elements into my thinking.

TRAVEL/FOOD

  • Rachel Spross – @thetrendytomboy = Rachel not only writes about travel and food but she also has fantastic style. I thought about putting her in the fashion category but she really does it all. She lives in Austin, TX (which I will be visiting in a few weeks!!!) so I have been loving reading her posts about best food/coffee shops/dessert places and the list goes onnn in Austin. I can tell how much she appreciates great food and so I am beyond excited to try some of her favorite places when I’m down there visiting. If any of you give her a follow I know you won’t be disappointed! Her feed is full of bright colors and is so cheerful all the time.

 

  • Adele McDonald – @altoanthem = I learned about this account through the blogger I mentioned just before this (Rachel Spross) and this gal is at about the same following size as me right now on Instagram. She lives in NYC but works for google so does lots of traveling. Her feed is just indescribable. She visits some amazing places and I have no doubt that following her will give me large amounts of wanderlust and lots of ideas for future adventures that I hope I can take down the road!

 

LIFESTYLE/OVERALL

  • Emma Hill – @emmahill = I can say without a doubt that Emma is my favorite influencer to follow on Instagram. She lives in London and she and her husband Simon both work full-time for her blog and YouTube channel. She has a killer style and LOVES structured pieces (especially blazers). I like following her because since she is in Europe I feel like often times she is talking about trends before they get here to the US which is a typical fashion migration pattern for things to begin in Europe. I love to watch her YouTube videos and she is currently doing a series of videos on “chic for less” to help her followers find more affordable pieces for their wardrobe. Her décor style has also been fun to watch as she has given house and garden tours through Instagram stories and YouTube. Arguably the best part of Emma’s account is when she has her and Simon’s 5 (yes FIVE) dogs on her stories. They are have names that start with the letter B and are all Chihuahuas….give her a follow; I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

 

  • Kelly and Jeff Mindell – @studiodiy and @jeffmindell = This power couple is probably tied for first when it comes to my favorite accounts to follow in the blogging world and on Instagram. They live in Los Angeles, CA and they LOVE and I mean LOVE color. Kelly runs a DIY blog and creates amazing content that is filled with DIY tutorials. She also makes and sells things like monthly designed clutch handbags. Her feed is a breath of fresh air and is always full to the brim with bright and exciting colors. Her wardrobe is just amazing: she is always wearing as much color as she can find and I’m always excited to see the outfits she puts together. Jeff is a photographer and so his content is also fantastic. He posts the best shots from around LA and other projects he does and they make the best screensavers for your phone. He also is the world’s biggest fan of Dunkin’ Donuts so you’ll hear a lotttt about that from him. Lastly, what can’t go without mentioning is that a year ago Jeff and Kelly adopted what I am certain is the world’s cutest little boy. His name is Arlo and he is always the star of their posts and stories. I cant even begin to describe how cute he is…you’ll have to see for yourself. It also doesn’t help that Kelly and Jeff dress him in the cutest colorful outfits 😀

 

I hope that these accounts give you all some new and exciting people to follow and get inspiration from! Thanks so much for reading and I will be back with more for you soon!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

 

spring & summer shopping cart

Hi, everyone! I didn’t throw a post up this Sunday since I was enjoying a relaxing Easter that included lots of brunch and lots of family time. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and that you were able to spend time reflecting on the joy and celebration that the Easter season brings.

This week I wanted to share some of the items I have my eye on for the spring/summer. I know we still have snow on the ground…but I am setting my sights toward warmer weather. I have a fun trip coming up at the beginning of May to somewhere that will certainly be nice and warm so I am looking to do some shopping this month for some new additions to my wardrobe.

Each of the photos I share will be linked to the actual item if you’re interested in purchasing yourself. I think everything I selected is under $50 and almost all are under $30 so they are some affordable options as you’re looking to inspiration for this year’s spring and summer trends! There are some big themes I see cropping up in the other blogger and influencer accounts that I follow so I wanted to share them with each of you 🙂 Enjoy!

* * Each photo has a caption with a link directly to the page so you can shop 🙂 **

Jumpsuits

These have come more and more onto the scene in recent months and I know they are going to be huge for the summer. I personally feel more comfortable and styled in a jumpsuit versus a romper but many of you may find yourself more interested in rompers. Jumpsuits can be as neutral or as wild as you want: maybe if you want to give it a shot you can start with a solid colored or more neutral patterned – my eye was drawn to these few all from Target! The first one is off the shoulder, the second has a mid-riff tie in the waist which will also be big this year. The last one is the most neutral and has a flattering waist which can be tied tighter or looser for comfort. It still has a slight pattern to it but it’s much more subtle than the stripes and floral of the first two.

 

Funky floral pants

I can’t be too sure about how “in” floral pants are but I am in love with these. They’re from Target (of course) and I think they would be so fun both at work dressed up and then dressed down casually too. Palazzo/wide leg pants are really big and back so this pair definitely fits into that category

 

 

 

Straw / Rattan Purses and Totes

Straw and rattan handbags are the trend I have seen explode the most in recent weeks, especially through bloggers and influencers on Instagram. You can probably find bags like this virtually every where but I have had my eye on these two in particular from Urban Outfitters. I like that one is smaller and the natural straw color but I also like the larger one in black. I tend to prefer to carry larger purses and a shoulder strap is a must for me. The circular style is particularly popular but you can find this style of bag in different shapes

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Spring and Summer shoes

The two styles of shoes that have most caught my eye for the upcoming seasons are wedge or espadrille style sandals and mules or slide on loafers. When it comes to shoes I like to own a few funky pairs but I do tend to keep the colors neutral in most pairs I buy just so they can work with almost anything. The espadrille style sandals I am hoping to get one pair in brown/camel and then one in black. The mules I have my eyes on this metallic pair but it would be fun to find a bright color as well. I see both of these styles of shoes hitting it big this summer.

 

Accessories – scarves and hat

This heading may make it sound like I’m still thinking about winter but I promise I’m not!! I’ve had my eye on this cute baseball cap from a local boutique for awhile and I love the idea of throwing it on for a weekend shopping trip, a trip to the park with Luna, or during time outside by the water at the lake. I wear scarves year round so here are a couple of fun patterned and brightly colored options for spring that I like. The whimsy of the monkey and hummingbird patterns makes them fun and functional with virtually any neutral based sundress or blouse at work.

 

 

I hope these items give you some good ideas as we prepare for warm weather ahead. Thanks so much for reading 🙂 Have a great week!!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen