Fashion

Tease Collab

On the afternoon of Sunday September 29th I pulled into the parking lot of Tease Color and Hair Design studio in Augusta, GA and saw several familiar cars (other Augusta Bloggers) – I was ready for a fun collab with my blogger babes! I grabbed my bag full of stuff – outfits, make up, different shoe options, jewelry, so on and so forth – swung it over my shoulder and headed across the parking lot to see what the ladies at Tease had planned for us.

The very minute I opened the door to walk in a very lovely and friendly face greeted me by name. Kristin hugged me, fixed me a drink while I unloaded my arsenal of photoshoot supplies, and sat me down in her chair. You know those people that the minute you meet them them you know you could have been friends for years? Kristin is absolutely one of those people for me. While she let her creative powers run wild and worked away at styling my hair, we chatted like we had known each other for years… Binging TV shows, being Moms, and so much more- I honestly could have hung out with her all day!

For the collab I brought my new fave Stevie Nicks rocker tee, and wanted to do a “day to night” styling with it. Kristin curled my hair and began meticulously twisting and pinning up sections of it one at a time. The final product was a super stylish half-up do that could be worn all day while running errands or taking care of business – with the cherry on top being a super trendy triangle hair pin.

My daytime look with my Stevie tee included high-rise and distressed KanCan jeans and Adidas Superstar sneakers with a totally on-trend leopard scrunchy around my wrist and leopard fringe hoop earrings to complete the look.

True story: I sweat my ass off during these first photos. Kristin had to fan my hair dry and dry shampoo the crap out of it before she worked on my next style. I share this only as a glimpse into how unglamorous a photoshoot can actually be, and as a testament to the magic that Kristin can work in her salon chair!

After dealing with the sweat situation, she started going to town with her curling iron, teasing comb, and a slew of different products to give me the perfect rocker-chic evening look!

To switch my Stevie tee to the “nighttime” look I styled it with some **life changing** Spanx faux leather leggings, black leather stiletto booties, amazing silver statement earrings, and a fah-bu-lousss sequin bomber jacket.

I absolutely love the looks Kristin created for my hair – we were so in sync with the vibe we wanted, and I think the hair and outfits came together so perfectly!

I can’t thank the ladies of Tease enough for hosting us. We had a blast, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a new regular stylist – or special event stylist. Luckily you don’t have to take my word for it since I’ve got photographic proof!

A special thank you to Samantha at Guillebeau Photo for her amazing photography skills!

Hope you enjoyed this collab recap!

xoxo, Layne

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Fall Porch Decor for $100 (ish)!

Our family lives right on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, so despite the fact that tomorrow is October 1st, it’s 94 degrees outside right now. Seriously. So, for that reason (and also the fact that I hate decorating) I have just now finally decorated for Fall. I mean, I just can’t get into the Pumpkin Spice spirit when beads of sweat are running down my cleavage. So, earlier this month while hundreds of other bloggers and influencers were donning their cutest sweaters and boots to pose on their amazingly extra Fall decorated porches–I was sweating my tail off and relaxing by the pool. The thought of sweaters right now is literally laughable to me. The high here on Thursday is 100 degrees. Ugh.

As I mentioned, I also really dislike decorating. If it weren’t for the kids I seriously doubt that I’d even put up a Christmas tree. I know, “Bah Humbug!” and all that jazz, but decorating is a crap ton of work, and I’m not about that life! Last year my extra festive friend came and decorated for me, hahahaha! She did an incredible job. I may need to put her on retainer. *making mental note*

Today, though, I finally bit the bullet and decided to decorate the front porch. It was relatively easy, and relatively inexpensive, so I thought I share. I went with the farmhouse look because that’s the general aesthetic of our house. I purchased a large black and white Buffalo plaid rug, just like everyone else and their mom, but I completely love the look of it, so I’m happy to be a follower of this trend. The reason I titled my post as “$100 (ish)” is because of the rug. My front doors are extra tall and oversized, so for our home I had to purchase a 5×7 rug, which was pricier than if you have a single front door. I do love the rug, though. It’s usable indoors as well as out, and the quality is amazing. My “Home Sweet Home” mat is from Target, God bless ’em. I could probably work myself into being emotional over how much I love Target, if I really wanted to – but that’s a story for another day.

My tall “Thankful” sign was $22 from our local Hamrick’s, the bales of hay and pumpkins all came from Wal-Mart and in total cost me less than $35. That beautiful giant mum that you see behind the hay is from Lidl, and despite it being almost too big for my passenger seat when I brought it home, only cost me $9.

So there you have it! What I love about this is that I can keep this same decor up until after Thanksgiving without having to change it. I absolutely do not plan on adding Halloween decor. The pumpkins are all fake, too, so I don’t have to worry about them going bad. True story – most of the grocery stores here have stopped stocking pumpkins for the time being because in the heat they rot before they can even sell them! Not my pun’kins, though, unless the kids or wild animals get to them – they’ll last forever!

Happy Fall, y’all. I am super freaking festive now!

xoxo, Layne

Fashion

The girls’ room!

When we moved earlier this year we decided to use the opportunity to put our girls into one shared room. They had never shared a room previously, and it wasn’t for the sake of needing space – honestly, we just liked the idea of them being together.

I’m a Lilly Pulitzer lover, raising my girls right – so Lilly is the decor we went with! The bathroom is all Lilly for Pottery Barn, the duvets are Lilly for Garnet Hill, and everything else I added from various places! The mini gallery wall I made using images from Lilly’s insta account that I saved and had printed at our local office store combined with a handmade Lilly mermaid and dress I purchased from Etsy.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our home!

XOXO, Layne

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Back to School outfits!

When it comes to back to school clothes for kids there are so many options out there. We live in S. Carolina, so it stays really hot here pretty much until the end of October. Therefore, we do our Fall shopping in two groups–back to school clothes, aaannnd then actual Fall clothes for once the temps drop.

There are several nicer brands that I absolutely love for my girls like Mini Boden, Lilly Pulitzer, and Crewcuts. Even though the look and quality of these brands appeal to me, the price usually doesn’t. I’m a total deal shopper. I love finding promo codes and huge sales. I’ll patiently watch the Facebook resale boards for new or barely worn items, too. We are not “too good” for consignment! I get super excited going through my promo emails folder and reading the words like “Sale on Sale” and ” Extra % off of Clearance!”

That being said there are some brands like H&M, Target, and Old Navy where you can often find great wardrobe pieces that are affordable even at full price. Last, don’t overlook the small boutiques in your area – they will often have great products that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, it is always a great thing to support the economy in your neighborhood!

There are a few staples that we keep at all times :

White leather Keds for Claire

Chuck Taylor’s for both girls

Basic and ruffle leggings in: black, gray, white, and navy

Ruffle shorts and tees for layering

Jean jackets to transition dresses into Fall

Here are some outfits that my girls will be sporting during this Summer-to-Fall transition phase of the school year.

Pointelle top and overalls by Mini Boden, Shoes by Keds, sock from Amazon (linked to pic)
Ruffle bib overalls from H&M, ruffle sleeve shirt from Shoppe3130 (linked), white canvas kicks from Target.
Alphabet pearl and black ruffle shorts from Shoppe3130, leather Mary Janes by Keds (linked)
Horse tunic by Mini Boden, leggings from Amazon (linked), black flats from Target.
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Review of Pioneer Woman BBQ sauce!

Growing up in the South it is mandatory to love BBQ, and my family certainly does! Living in S. Carolina I have always loved mustard based sauces, but my husband grew up closer to the N. Carolina line in Myrtle Beach, so he tends to gravitate toward vinegar based sauces.

Our kids have fallen right in line and are developing their own love of barbeque. Claire Cooper really loves pulled pork BBQ that we often order from a local restaurant, and any chicken cooked with BBQ sauce. Noah prefers pork and brisket over chicken. Both kids, however, seem to like red sauces-both tomato and vinegar based over a Carolina gold.

I was recently asked to try Ree Drummond’s new line of BBQ sauces, and was given the Apple Brown Sugar flavor. The sauce comes in a glass jar similar in size and shape to one that you would find salsa in. The sauce is thick and aromatic, the minute you open the jar you can smell the brown sugar and spices. I was pleasantly surprised upon spooning some sauce onto a plate to find actual chunks of apple!

So far we have used this sauce in two ways. The first was simple. If you have young kids, my guess is that chicken nuggets are as routine in your house as they are in mine. So instead of ketchup or Polynesian sauce smuggled from chikfila, I gave the girls a ramaken of the Apple Brown Sugar BBQ sauce to dip their nuggets in!

The second thing I’ve cooked using the sauce is a BBQ chicken quesadilla. I’ve included a video below to show you how I cooked it, and Noah’s review of her lunch!

Overall, this BBQ sauce has been a bit at our house. For my personal taste it may be a little too sweet, but it’s absolutely perfect for the kids, and for people like my mom who can’t handle any spice. I’m looking forward to trying another one of Ree’s new sauces, it’s Honey Habanero, and I think it will have just the kick in looking for!

XOXO,

Layne

*I was given this sauce complimentary in exchange for my honest review of the product.

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Spring Trend Showcase feat. The Ivy Boutique

Embroidered dress by Sister Mary $66

Y’all, I could not possibly be more excited for Spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love cold weather, it’s got its benefits: you sweat less, you can eat more because you’re covered up, boots, boots, and boots. Spring and Summer are just so much happier for me! Sunshine on your skin, and bright cheery colors! Earlier this week I visited The Ivy Boutique in Evans, GA (that’s just a part of Augusta, GA for you non-locals) and they graciously let me try on a ton of stuff that I now get to share with you! I’m excited to show y’all some Spring trends, these outfits are seriously delicious!

Easter is approaching quickly, so everyone will be looking for the perfect white dress. I absolutely love this dress for multiple reasons. First, the detail work is amazing, from the eyelet-lace design down to the scallop hem! Second, this style dress is going to flatter so many different body types and ages! Whether you’re petite or curvy, 19 or 45, you can rock this dress!

Details on dress to come soon!

This was such a comfortable outfit! The white tee is actually slightly oversized and slouchy, but I was able to easily tuck it into the shorts. It would go great with a denim skirt, or even leggings, too! The shorts are light, airy, and feel silky soft. (If you wanted to purchase these shorts and are in between sizes then I would suggest sizing up.)

White tee by Z Supply $32, shorts by Sadie and Sage $48

Y’all, this dress is my color. Hot pink…fuchsia…whatever you call it… I LOVE it, and it is super on trend for Spring this year. This dress is so classic, the ruffle on the sleeves gives it a playful touch, and it is SUPER affordable! I paired it with bright beaded statement earrings, and cork heels. A dress like this could be worn just about anywhere, and is a great day to night transition piece!

Named Zebra dress $48, earrings $26, shoes by Sam Edelman $110

Here is another shade of fuchsia! This strapless, wide leg, jumpsuit had me feeling fab-u-lous! It was breezy, the top didn’t slip down as I moved about, and it’s less than $65!

Shoes are Sam Edelman cork and gold heels $110, earrings are $22
Jumpsuit by Tyche $62

White denim will always be a Spring favorite of fashion instas. It will also always be lust after by moms of young kids who know wearing white is just asking for dirty little hands to be wiped all over you. Alas, I loved my time in the store when I was able to rock these white denim skinnies, if only for a few minutes. This button-front chambray tank needs to be in everyone’s closet right now. It is a wardrobe staple, and can be styled a million different ways. My favorite part of this outfit, though, are the swoonworthy leather platform sandals. I die. Also… I gotsta have ’em! You are going to see platforms all over the place for Spring-they have been a widely forecasted trend.

Chambray tank by Naked Zebra $38, platform sandals by Matisse $118

Who doesn’t love a big hat? Where I live we are weeks away from the Masters Tournament, Aiken Steeplechase, and the Carolina Cup-all events where hats are not just fashionable, but very useful to shield you from the sun and heat. This hat is super versatile since it isn’t too fancy. It could easily be worn to the race and then used all Summer long at the beach or pool!

Hat $20, woven earrings Betsy Pittard $38

Here is another option that would be great for Easter or Aiken Steeplechase! This linen-blend dress is super classy. Class class class! The fringe hem gives the classic piece some youthful flare, and paired with a chunky necklace it is an outfit worth photographing!

Dress by Lost April $58, hat $20, clutch $48

Another fashionista favorite that is going to be everywhere this Spring are linen dresses like the one I’m wearing below!

Dress by THML $62
Earrings $22

Which Spring trends are you excited about? I always love to hear from you! If you decide that you need any of these pieces in your life you can save 10% by mentioning that you saw it here on BusyBeingBossy! xoxo, Layne

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These are a few of my favorite things… In my closet!

Now that you’ve seen inside my closet, I thought I’d share with you some of the items in it that I’m currently obsessed with!

I’m not sure how the weather has been lately where you live, but here in South Carolina and Georgia we’ve had some crummy days. I love listening to the rain, but getting out in it, not so much! On wet days I often don some rain boots over a pair of skinny jeans. I have a pair of the basic dark green Hunter rain boots, but not too long ago I decided I needed some color in my life. So I bought these swoon-worthy glossy blue Hunter rain boots to brighten up those gloomy days!

Wearing a bright pair of rain boots can change your entire day! Click on the photo to shop Hunter boots on Amazon!

Something that I’m obsessed with right now is jumpsuits. There are several styles of clothing that I just can’t pull off with my body type (I have a small waist but carry weight in my thighs and hips), I’m happy to say that’s not the case with jumpsuits! I feel amazing when I’m wearing a cute jumpsuit! Here are three of my faves…

This Garnet colored jumpsuit is perfect for a date night or event! You can even throw a black blazer on over it!
Chambray and polka dots are going to be perfect when the weather warms up!
I snagged this darling Free People jumpsuit from Final Cut Augusta for only $12.50!

If you’ve followed me on Instagram for any amount of time, then you know that I’m a HUGE Lilly Pulitzer lover. I snagged two of these adorable bangles a few months ago during Lilly’s big After Party Sale.

For the longest time I refused to wear statement earrings. My ears were pierced when I was three years old and over time my piercings stretched, so heavy earrings really weren’t possible without looking horrible! Lucky for me I found these awesome and inexpensive stickers that go on the back of your ear lobe before you put on your earrings and act as a new hole when the earring pierces through! It sounds complicated, but it’s so simple, and has allowed me to start wearing some fabulous earrings like these from a local boutique, Anna Kate’s Collection….

Click on this picture to see the ear lobe patches!

The last item in going to share with you is this amazing peplum tankini top! This was another sweet score from Final Cut Augusta ($7.50 😲)!! I can’t wait to pair it with high – waist navy bikini bottoms that I got from J. Crew!

I hope y’all loved seeing some of my favorite clothes! XOXO, Layne

Fashion, Personal

A look into my closet…

There are a few spaces that are sacred to women… our purse, our bed, and for some our closet. I have to admit, that I’m usually pretty abusive to my closet. Often as I’m trying to find an outfit to wear I try on multiple things and the rejected pieces end up tossed on the floor or draped over my clothes hamper. I’m also super guilty of doing the laundry, folding the clean clothes, and then leaving them in a pile to be put away for over a week. I don’t know why hanging the clothes up seems so daunting, but it’s that last step that I dread.  I think a lot of my fellow Mama’s can probably relate.

A few months ago I realized my closet needed a total makeover. I have a decent sized space, nothing excessive, but since we built our current home I was able to get more space than if we purchased an older home where closets can be super small. I consulted with multiple experts (my girlfriends), did some Pinterest searching, and came up with a plan. As I walk you through my process, you’ll see I added a ton of links to help you if you realize that I’m a genius and you need these things! 😉

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Who watches Schitt’s Creek? Don’t you just LOVE my shirt?

 

The first thing I decided to do was to put everything on the same (or same color) hangers. I opted for white plastic- realistically this fit my budget and lifestyle. I’ve used felt before, but saw it rubbing off on certain materials, and I didn’t even consider wood-because what am I, made of money?!  White plastic it is! All of my pants are on the same style hanger, all tops on another, and then my outerwear and dresses on another.

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The next step I took was to decide what I wanted to keep in my closet. For example, did I want to keep all of my clothes hanging at the same time, or only the current season? If I were to store certain items would I want them close by, or could they be packed away and put in our storage room? Ultimately I decided to keep most things out and hanging, or at least easily accessible. South Carolina weather is absolutely nuts, one day it can be 78 degrees and the next 45 so keeping both tanks and sweaters handy is a must. I purchased these over-sized woven storage cubes from Target and some basic cardboard gift tags to use as labels. The labels are helpful, but also pleasing to the eye. My off-season items, or things that I didn’t use regularly I put in these baskets and stored on my top shelf.

 

Once I had decided what would stay out and what I would be putting away, I was able to begin the organization process. The end result were clothing items sorted by description (tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear) and then “subcatagories” (tops: tanks, short sleeve, button-ups, long sleeves, sweaters), and finally arranged by color in the manner of ROYGBV.

I decided to utilize one of my shelves as a jewelry counter. I purchased adorable hooks from Marshall’s and using Command velcro strips secured them to the back wall of the shelf to serve as necklace holders. Also at Marshall’s I purchased very pretty rose-champagne colored jewelry trays and a cute mirror. The rest of my shelves store my shoes. To maximize space, I installed a very thin curtain rod at the top of one shelf so that I could hang my high-heels and still have space to store other shoes underneath them. This also allows me to see all of my options without having to go digging for the perfect pair! A very inexpensive, but effective trick that I started doing years ago to help with storing boots, and keeping them in tip-top shape is to cut up a foam pool noodle into the correct portions, and use the noodle to prop up the shafts of the taller boots. I could go on, but I already hear this sounding dirty in my head, so I’ll just show you a picture!

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Also, here is a shot that gives you a little glimpse of my jewelry and shoes!

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If you study the pictures you can also see that I purchased shelf dividers and used them to help store some of my graphic tees, wire baskets for my swimsuits, as well as wire baskets underneath my bottom shelf that hold socks, hosiery, etc. In the corner I have a small 3 shelf unit that I purchased for only $40 at Home Goods (score!), although the shelves are more like bins- I keep my sneakers in one bin, sandals in another, and hats in the third. On top of this useful piece of furniture I lay out my sunglasses for display. The last little touch I added was to put Command hooks on the outside of my built-in shelving so that I could hang things like bras I wear frequently and my robes.

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Listen, it’s not fancy and I shopped on a budget, but by organizing what I have and making the best use of the space I was able to create something much more aesthetically pleasing than the average Joe’s closet. What do you think? I would love to hear some of your organizational tips, or even help you if you’re struggling with ideas to beautify your closet space!

In my next post, I’m going to share with y’all a few snaps of my current favorite items in my closet, and why I love them! Till then… XOXO, Layne

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Barefoot, Braless, and barely hanging on…

One morning last year during school drop-off for my oldest child I found myself extremely amused by the overall feeling of disarray in my life at that given moment. Disarray actually seems like a kind word for describing my morning drives to the Elementary school and through the car line. I feel like “sucking at life” is probably more accurate. You see, each morning I go to battle. Despite it being the exact same every weekday morning, I am never quite prepared for the brutal pain that lay ahead of me each morning at 6am when my alarm goes off. I know that there will be yelling, whining, and I can guarantee that there will be tears. Whether those are the actions of the child, or myself usually varies from day to day. Getting a 6 year old (now 7) out of bed, fed, dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed, out the door with her lunch and book bag IS NOT for the faint of heart. It is WAR.

After battle I stagger to my Mom-mobile stinking of morning breath because I prioritized her hygiene over mine for the sake of time. To help set the scene let me paint a picture for you, of what you would see were you to take in my appearance head-to-toe on these morning drives. My hair is disheveled as if it were indicative of the hard fought win, but really it’s because I woke up that way, I’m in some form of mismatched jammies-no bra (my “headlights” are on high beams because, well, they pretty much stay that way), I’ve got an energy drink in one hand, and no shoes on my feet. I look eerily similar to how I looked most mornings 15 years ago, except that I don’t reek of booze and I had way less fun the night before. <sigh> Such is life.

I have a group of girl friends that are all in a video chat group together and most mornings, someone pops on between 7 to 7:30am to start the conversation rolling for the day. The early morning chats are usually between those of us with school-aged kids, and almost always for the purpose of swapping war stories, or entertaining each other with the new level of suckage that we our kids have reached.

Side note: I seriously think that a parent probably never hates their kid more than they do on any given school morning. Maybe on long car rides, but it’s probably a toss-up. 

I’m one of the “lucky” moms in our chat group because I have the shortest drive to the school, about .3 miles. However, being on the PTO board puts me at extremely high risk of someone needing to chat with me at my car. My daughter has also inherited my stellar memory, so she is constantly forgetting her shit that I then have to race home to get and run inside to the front office. For some women these situations would be reason enough to wear real clothes during morning drop-off, or at least throw on a bra, but not me. At seven in the morning I couldn’t give a crap less about stuff like that. My one goal is getting back into my cozy bed as quickly as possible, and things like brushing my teeth, or putting on shoes are only going to slow me down.

As I mentioned, though, I do reflect some mornings, on the train wreck that I resemble and all of the worst possible scenarios that could arise while I am in this condition. It was during one of these moments of reflection while on video chat with my fellow soldiers that I came up with the realization that I was the complete embodiment of a classic country song. A song, that only one of my kind was fit to write. A song that would be called “Barefoot, Braless, and Barely Hanging On”.

The song has a few lines, and I’ve fiddle with a chorus, but it is still a work in progress. I’ll add it to the pile of things I don’t have time to give my full attention to. I have some things I would like to say before my lap top battery runs out, so here goes:

If you made your child cry this morning by brushing their hair…… I see you.

If your child’s hair is in mats and tangles because they chose not to wash it when they showered the night before and you’re pretty sure there are chunks of food in it from breakfast two days ago…… I see you.

If you’d rather your kid’s principal see your saggy boobs, and hard nipples glaring through your pajama top than exert the effort needed to put a bra on….. I see you.

If the breakfast you made for your child was a pack of fruit snacks that they ate in the car on the way to school…… I see you.

If there is a split second each morning that you find yourself wanting to run over the mom that is walking her child into school in a cute outfit and full face of make-up…. I feel you.

6 am, 7am, even 8am (in my opinion) is too early to be held accountable for your actions. Emotions run high that early in the morning, things are said and done that you have to live with… just know, Mama, you. are. not. alone. I SEE YOU, unfortunately so does everyone else in the school parking lot- but don’t worry your messy little head about it for one second. You are the star of your own country song, and the day can only get better from here.

nene

xoxo, Layne

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Oh hey, Target!

Did y’all know that Target was having an amazing sale right now? In addition to men’s clothing, movies, and patio furniture – they have also marked down a ton of Home items!

If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for the target Home section!

Tonight I bought the absolute sweetest Rhinoceros cookie jar! Currently it isn’t part of the sale, but my bestie gave me a gift card this weekend, and I just had to have it!

I also found a unicorn piggy bank for my youngest that was on clearance. Santa had brought her one but she accidentally dropped and broke it carrying it up to her room that day.

Right now in addition to great clearance mark downs and cute rhino cookie jars, Target has all lighting and wall decor on sale! There is just a ton of deals right now to take advantage of! Click the image below to shop through my link! xoxo, Layne

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