summer bbq

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with the summer nearing the end (today is our first day of school!), we decided to host a bbq with a few other families from our neighborhood.  we are blessed with awesome neighbors!  having something on the calendar is always good motivation for me to clean the house, and this time the backyard, too!  silas was my little workhorse this day.  he asked me to pay him $15 an hour.  we negotiated down to $3.

i went simple and summery with my decor:  a rainbow of bandanas for napkins, white plates, hydrangeas in mason jars, all on top of layered white table cloths.

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we pulled a few pillows from our porch couch to soften up the fireplace since we were going to have a fire once the evening cooled down.

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i set up a little drink station on our potting bench to make serving yourself easy.

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and i’m still kicking myself for not taking any pictures during the gathering!  we had a great night, good food, and lots of fun!

icing

did you ever see the movie “how to lose a guy in 10 days”?  they had a slogan for a jewelry company that referred to their jewels as icing – so clever!  and when i’m getting dressed each day, the finishing touch is always the jewelry, the icing on the cake!

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i recently got the prettiest boxes of “icing” ℅ stella & dot.  i had been eying that bracelet, and the other 2 items were bonus treats!

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you guys.  the bracelet.  it is even better in person!  it is this chunk of gorgeous wrapped around my wrist – so solid, yet very comfortable.

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i have worn this bracelet so many times, and i love the different ways i can wear it.  you know i’m a lover of contrasts – this sparkly bracelet looks great even with jeans and a white tee!

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this aqua is my color.  you know, we all have a color that always works.  this is it.  and, i love that this necklace is adjustable.  i’m wearing it at its shortest point, but i’d wear it longer with a deeper neckline.

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and these studs?  just the perfect pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

would you like a pair for yourself?  and how about that sweet aqua ombre somervell necklace, too?!

these pieces of stella & dot jewelry are great quality, definitely some of the nicest pieces i own!  just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below…

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