FASHION || IDLEWILD JEWELRY VINTAGE REDESIGNS

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I love finding local gems to share with you guys, and today is no exception! Tabitha Frazier of Hoover, Alabama, started Idlewild Jewelry Co to create one-of-a-kind necklaces from vintage baubles. With each piece being hand-crafted, no two necklaces are alike!

My piece is called the “Judith,” and it is a combination of a 1940’s buckle and a 1970’s chain. Her artistic eye is undeniable!

I am all about sentimentality. Items passed down through generations are so special! With her excellent craftsmanship, she can even take a personal heirloom and redesign it into a current necklace to wear and enjoy. This is so cool, because most jewelers don’t do this type of work. A niche cottage business, like Idlewild Jewelry Co, is the best way to repurpose cherished pieces.

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You are probably wondering what idlewild means and why she chose this as her company’s name. Idlewild was coined in 1854 by an American poet who wanted to buy a certain piece of land. The land owner called it “idlewild” because this land was basically good for nothing- overgrown and in bad shape. The poet bought it and turned it into a beautiful homestead. Like the poet, Tabitha takes people’s old things and brings new life to them! As another twist of fate would have it, Tabitha and her husband’s first home was on Idlewild Circle near the UAB campus in Birmingham, Alabama. They were married in 1997 and lived at that address for five and a half years while they started their family. Call it coincidence or fate, but the name was meant to be.

You can visit her online store at idlewildjewelryco.net!

 

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FASHION || LULU’S WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

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Spring has sprung and wedding season has begun! I know you will be needing something to wear, and finding the perfect dress is tough. When on the search of what to wear to a wedding, there are a lot of factors at play- You can’t wear white, some times you can’t wear black, you want to look good but not too revealing, and you have to take the requested attire into consideration.. Luckily, Lulu’s has a lot of great options that won’t break the bank.

Here are my current FAVS that check all the boxes when looking for a wedding guest dress! All of the dresses below are under $99, but if they are still out of budget, check the Lulu’s banner at the top of the page for discount codes.

Most of these dresses come in other colors, so just click on the style you like to shop!

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xoxo, Joining Jordan

FASHION || LITTLE BLACK DRESSES

Every gal needs a LBD (Little Black Dress) in her closet. From date nights to bachelorette parties, it’s the go-to staple piece of every woman’s wardrobe.

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I’ve selected some of my favorite LBD’s for you to shop! Kind of like a cheat sheet to save you some time searching stores and websites. Just click on the dress you like below to shop!

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FASHION || UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS

You’ve got this in the bag.. and not just Santa’s bag! Here is a guide to WINNING your ugly Christmas sweater party!

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Get ready for this year’s festivities or get them on sale for next year’s gatherings.. Either way, you and your man will be the highlight of the party in these tacky get-ups!

Just click the images below to shop!

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FASHION || NEW YEAR NEW CLOTHES

New Year. New You… in sparkles!

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We all enter into each new year in hopes of starting fresh with resolutions to help better our lives. The best way to achieve these goals is through confidence and motivation. Here are some NYE clothes to help you look and feel your best as you begin 2019!

Dressing up? Get glam with these dresses and rompers! Click on your favorites below to shop.

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Staying in with friends and family? Here are some more casual ways to watch the ball drop! Click on your favorites below to shop.

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FASHION || CLOSET READY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

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Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays! I love getting to dress up and be someone or something different for a night. What I don’t love is spending a bunch of money on a costume that I’ll never wear again. If I’m going to spend money on a piece of clothing, I want to be able to keep it in my closet and wear it next week to dinner. Back in college, I would go to three Halloween parties a year. I developed the skill of rummaging through my closet and finding something I already owned to turn into a costume!

Most closets don’t come costume ready, so I’d like give you some inspiration! Individually, each item below is something you will wear in your every day life, but styled together, they transform into a costume contest winner!

Just click on the costume you like and it will pull up each individual item for you to shop!

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ROBBER || Mask and bag not included, BUT your “stolen swag bag” can double as your purse for the night!

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OSCAR AWARD || Yaaasss Queen! All that glitters IS gold.

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WHERE’S WALDO || Pro Tip: Photo bomb everyone’s picture during the night. They will “find Waldo” as they flip through their photos the next day!

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FLAMINGO || Be sure to stand on one foot when you take pics!

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MIME || Don’t mime if I do!

 

TRAVEL || NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Not going to lie, I love being a tourist and seeing iconic sites- but I also love seeing the local side of a city. I’m fascinated by how other people live, so I like to get an insider’s look.

Here are a few touristy attractions with some cool local spots you can visit the next time you’re in Nola.

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Airboat Tours through the Swamps || There are several companies that offer airboat tours but the one we like is Airboat Adventures. They have good pricing, a prime location, the knowledge to answer all of your questions, and give you a great experience. When you arrive, they have a little souvenir shop. Inside, you can get up close and personal with an albino alligator! It really warms you up to seeing live gators and gets you excited for the adventure ahead. We reserved a boat that seats about 12 people with a tour guide. He takes you to several spots in the swamps and fills you with information about wildlife, nature, and history. Wild alligators will swim up to your boat in hopes of munching on marshmallows. Too cool! The swamps are a creepy yet beautiful place! I’ve grown up by lakes and beaches, but this is a one of a kind experience. I recommend wearing athliesure wear as rain or getting splashed by waves may occur. Packing a poncho in your backpack would be a smart idea, haha! See photo below for why that last sentence is funny..

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French Quarter || Facing the Mississippi River, the French quarter is an iconic spot to visit in New Orleans. Home to Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, you can walk around admiring the architecture and park. In the center of it all is the statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse. You’ll also be entertained by street performers and local artists who create pieces right in front of your eyes and display them along the square’s intricate lily beautiful iron gates. Not to mention, Cafe du Monde (and their famous beignets) is located next door!

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WW2 Museum || I am so glad someone suggested going to this large and amazing museum. The detailed history and intricacy of their exhibits will leave you in awe. You can see in the first photo below how they recreate the environment to make you feel like you were there. When you first arrive at the museum, they give each person a different ‘dog tag’ of a soldier’s in the war. As you progress through the museum, you scan your tag at each station and get to hear that individual’s personal story unfold. You’ll definitely want to schedule yourself out several hours to walk through everything. Unfortunately, we didn’t check closing times and only had two hours to explore. It was not enough time. We were only able to get through one exhibit. I’m already planning my next trip to Nola so I can go back and see the rest!

 

Bourbon Street || Bourbon Street is about as touristy as you can get in this city. It is better known for it’s party atmosphere, especially during Mardi Gras in February. If that’s not your thing, I still advise taking a stroll to see all of the action. The street is lined with multistory buildings, each one having a balcony with flags, beads, or lights strung up. Music fills the air as live bands are around every corner. I’m talking, thirteen blocks of restaurants, bars, entertainment, architecture, and history.

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FASHION || A BRIDE’S “WHITE DRESS CHEAT SHEET”

Calling all brides and almost engaged gals!

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I know first hand that a bride has enough on her plate. There is so much to plan with a long to-do list to check off. Well, finding white dresses for your showers, teas or even rehearsal dinner just got a whole lot easier!

Here is a “White Dress Cheat Sheet” with lots of options to pick from. I found serval different styles and price ranges that I know you’ll love.

Just click on the dresses you would like to shop!

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FASHION || NEW NEW from CAMILLE & CO

Camille and Company has that NEW NEW in stock! If you didn’t catch my last blog about this women’s clothing company, you can read all about them HERE! Today, I want to show you the new arrivals you can get along with examples of how you can style them.

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This hoodie comes in grey and white. The distressed look adds interest and sass- especially when paired it with sneakers and white shorts. Alabama summers make for hot temps outside and cool temps indoors. This is the perfect combo for running in and out of shops. Running errands never looked so cute!

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My favorite thing about this top is its appropriate for anywhere you go. You can dress it up or down. Not to mention, you can wear a “normal” bra! The lattice sleeves are a fun and interesting detail. The material is SO soft and it comes in three colors.

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Mad for plaid. Your new favorite shift dress is here! I styled it with some chunky black heels but it will also be adorable in colder weather with black tights and booties. It gives off an Alabama vs Georgia game day vibe for all you college gals out there! Side note: I know I’m showing a lot of leg (#TallGirlProblems) but it will be a great length for people of normal heights, ha!

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Blue and white stripes are very popular! This top brightens the day and makes you want to go to the beach. The ruffled collar adds a unique pop of flare. Short hair or an up-do is perfect for showing off the collar. White jeans are a must to really complete the look!

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My favorite style is off the shoulder! I love showing off the collar bone. It makes me feel feminine! This top is made of very comfy, soft, stretchy fabric. The elastic makes for a custom fit that won’t fall down. This top also comes in weathered grey.

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Say hello to this grey cross body tank. This is one of those pieces you want to have in your closet because it is good for stylish dressing on the go. I’m all about the soft and stretchy material for comfort. The inverted V front is perfect for pairing with high-waisted jeans! This top also comes in black.

Happy Shopping!

FASHION || MY NORDSTROM WISHLIST

In case you haven’t heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening NOW!

I’ve made my wishlist of items that I’d like to get from Nordstrom, so I thought now would be the perfect time to share them with you! Plus, everything listed is under $100 🙌🏽 Take advantage of the sale and get inspired by the products below. The sale ends August 5th so get the goods before they’re gone!

Happy shopping!

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