Summer Swim Fashion

IMG_1986Anybody else hate swim suit shopping? It seems most cute swim wear is teeny tiny, tongy, booty revealing, and wont cover up these post pregnancy boobs. AND IM NOT HERE FOR IT LMAO! But ladies, I’m here to report, there is hope. I stumbled across this amazing website called Cup She ! At first I had my reservations? Who’s ever been burned by a Facebook link, raise your hand? Not sure if these suits come from China, but mine came very fast and it was priced just right. I paid $20 something for this cute suit I have on here, and that would be $20 something for BOTH PIECES! It covers me in all the right places. I highly recommend you place and order. They have something for all body types, even those who are looking for something a little more revealing. I’ll let you have at those, I’ll take the high waist, almost full body coverage….I’m 30 something lol.

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My Heart Belongs in Charleston

Charleston is hands down one of my favorite places to visit. It always makes me feel some kind of way every time I go. It’s like you stepped back into a magical time even though the city is deeply rooted with a not some magical history. My husband and I recently took a “bad-cation” for a few days since our daughter is in Memphis with her Grandparents, and this trip did not disappoint.

When ever we travel we always make it a point to do something education during the trip to learn more about the city, and the culture. This trip we visited the Museum of Charleston. It’s smack dab in the middle of downtown so it didn’t take us too far off the beaten path. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on the trip. To visit 2 of the museums costs us $36 for two people, not too bad at all. I love the old charm Charleston has to offer. Most places you visit are original, so you are literally stepping back in time. Is it weird that I love the old smell of wood? Oh well….

We checked out this amazing Pub called John and King at the corner of, you guess it, John and King street. Peep the Hot Dog tho (1st pic).

Isle of Palms was our beach of choice during this trip. Folly was the one we visited last time, so to even the score, IOP was only right. The water was so warm, the beach was clean, the only sucky part was the parking situation. We worked it out though!

 

This trip was mostly about relaxation and we took full advantage. Sleeping in until 9am (that’ late for us), pool days, rich dinners, expensive drinks (Rose’ all Day) it was really a carefree trip. I think the highlight of our trip was a restaurant in Mount Pleasant called Tavern & Table. Their head check is a chick named Chef Katie, she’s kick ass! I am so not an Oyster fan, but her Fire Roasted Oysters are BOMB! I’d go back just for those. How about Mac-N-Cheese loaded with BBQ Brisket topped with Corn Bread. SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!

I can’t say enough about Charleston. I love it some much, I can even look past the thick, heavy humidity that hits you as soon as you reach the border. It adds to the charm I guess. I can see myself retiring there on the water one day. But until, then, it’s my go to place for a quick, but amazing get away.

Hey girl…Hey…..Entrepreneur Spotlight…Introducing Girl Boss Kelley Raye!

Oh Sh!t Vail Valley // Andria LindquistHey y’all! I’m just back from Spring Break vacation enjoying a very busy week with my Kiddo, Bean. I know I am long overdue on a blog post. Today I wanted to take a minute and show some love to one of my favorite photographers, dear friend and former Squirrel (you read that right) Kelley Ray! (She says she was a Squirrel in her past life LOL ).

Kelley is an Atlanta-based photographer who specialized in Weddings, Branding and Lifestyle Photography. And in my opinion she should add SUPER AWESOME to her resume. My family and I do our annual shots with her and I also do my annual branding shots as well. She just gets us so well. We give her an idea of what we are going for, and she captures it. Every..Single..Time..

I met Kelley back in 2013 when we worked in the hospitality industry together. Let me tell y’all why I admire Miss Ray so much. She quit her Director of Sales position for Hilton in pursuit of her dreams! She took a huge risk and jumped, but her flight has been such an awesome one to watch. How’s that for flipping corporate america the bird!? Kelley lives her life on her own terms and this is something I think every one dreams about, but few are willing to act on. Not only has her awesome photog business taken off, she’s constantly in high demand and even gets to travel the world to all sorts of exotic places, taking pictures or brides, celebrations, or just to life travel with her Fiance Fallon. During her travels, she spends her days learning different cultures, trying delicious foods, capturing many amazing moments and just being bad-ass. She IS GOALS!

My family and I did our most recent shoot at the Goat Farm in Atlanta where Kelley has a quaint little studio, and it wasn’t anything like I expected. Goats actually roam the grounds! It’s super artsy fartsy there. There were people doing Yoga half-naked (cover your eyes Bean), other photographers taking pictures, people walking around basking in the goat-ness. I loved it. Kelley is so hip and fun, this area really suited her personal style well.

If you’re looking to book a wedding photographer for your upcoming nuptials, I highly recommend you check her out. You can find all her deets here: http://kelleyraye.com I think you will be pleased with her level of service, her work AND she will travel anywhere in the world to shoot you! Oh and her website is absolutely EVERYTHING in life, check it out!!! And if you’re looking to establish some branding for your side hustle, business, products or whatev,  she can help capture your vision and help you channel that inner Beyonce of yours! No lie!

Here are a few of our pictures we took with Kelley!!

Casual Friday on a Budget 2.0

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Hey y’all!! I posted this pic of my Casual Friday outfit last week up on my Facebook and IG page and received so many questions about the deets. So here we go! As you may already know, I am frugal when it comes to my purchases. I’m a believer that you can look like a million bucks with any budget you have.

I always make it a point to purchase solid pieces that I can marry with things that are already in my cost. My jacket I purchased from Forever 21 a few years back for around 20 bucks. You can get a similar one here for around the same price: Green Jacket

I wear it with jeans as well and white converse sneakers make for a week rounded look. My stripe shirt I purchased from Old Navy for around 20 bucks as weak last fall. You can actually snag it for under 10 bucks right now. Here it is: Stipe Shirt

My pants look like leggings but they are a little more structured. They have a raised line down the front and they are high waist (WINNING!). The brand is Romen+Juilet Couture, I snagged these from Marshalls for $16.99 and unfortunately, Marshalls doesn’t have a website but you can grab similar ones here: High Waist Black Pant

And finally, the wedges I am wearing are so dope y’all. And they’re super comfy which is the icing on the cake. These are Jessica Simpson wedges I grabbed a few months back from Dillard’s. They are no longer on Dillards.com or JessicaSimpson.com but there are still up and i have them in brown. They are also comfy and super cute: Peep Toe Suede Wedge

Get creative with your clothes! Don’t be afraid, wear what YOU like!! It’s all about what you feel comfortable in and what you want to spend. I am sure some people don’t care for my taste in threads, but you know what they say about opinions..right?? LOL. Drop me any questions you have about my outfit. I’d love to help you achieve the perfect outfit!

Want to create a work look that’s effortless chic Olivia Pope style?…. #ItsHandled

IMG_1670Without fail, every Tuesday I hop into my favorite stores to check out the new inventory. Believe it or not I am frugal with most of my purchases. I don’t like to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing. I might occasionally splurge, but not very often.

I wore this look today and got so many compliments on it. It’s a complete mash-up on things I had in my closet. Here is the run down. The dress is Stella Luce, I paid $12.99 for it at Marshalls but here is a similar one on Posh Mark:Black Dress They have these type of dresses in stock all the time. They can be dressed up or down. Pumps or a cute pair of Tori Burch sandals can really round out this look. The dress is mock neck, cap sleeve and super stretchy. Oh so comfy! I grabbed one in black and one in mauve.

The pumps are Lauren by Ralph Lauren. My hubby grabbed these for me as a birthday gift from Dillard’s last year. Not sure if they still have them in stock. For all of you who didn’t know this, my favorite color is leopard 😜.  It’s so versatile. Every woman should have some sort of leopard in her closet. I love these pumps with jeans, dresses skirts you name it. You can get leopard pumps everywhere! Check your local second-hand shoe stores as well as department stores when they have sales.

The jacket is from The Limited. Let me be totally transparent here. The blazer goes with a suit I own. I WILL spend money on a nice tailored suit, but I love that I can pull pieces from my suits and wear them with other things in my closet. This blazer looks great with a pair or jeans or most little dresses I have. I think I paid $134 for my blazer but you can get similar one here: Target Blazer

It’s so easy to take random items from your wardrobe and make a statement outfit without breaking the bank. I think this is a look any woman can appreciate.

When I walked into my office this morning, someone looked at me and said, “What scandal are you fixing today?” My reply was “It’s already handled!”

Hello There!!

Hey there!!! So you must of just heard the announcement that Ruthielyons.com is now live! I’m so excited about my new landing page and I’ve been working on it for awhile now. What REALLY gets me excited is the work I’m pouring into my business and my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing all of my favorite things with you from family, to business, travel, food and fashion. I’m excited for the growth this journey brings my way and I hope my efforts bless you in some fashion.

Lastly, I thought I’d share the Lyons family photo for 2017. Why does my husband have to look so serious?😂

Photography by Kelley Raye

DIY Fireplace Re-Do

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have a unique sense of style. I march to the beat of my own drum, and could care less about someone else’s opinion about it lol. I’m a creative person and I love to switch things up according to whatever mood I’m feeling at the moment. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, my need for frequent change gets Terrence to huffing and puffing on the regular.

My latest idea was to re-do our fireplace in the downstairs living room. We’ve owned our home for 5 years and it’s been a constant eye sore for me. One day I woke up with the idea to freshen it up. Surprisingly, Terrence didn’t need much convincing! My down stairs living space doubles as my office and the old fireplace didn’t mesh well with my office decor AT ALL….

I hopped on Pinterest for some inspiration and found some amazing ideas. While the inner eccentric in me wanted to go a little on the wilder side, I had to be reeled in with the home re-sale talk. We compromised on a look that was clean, textured and aesthetically pleasingly to the both of us.

I found some beautiful stone at one of my favorite places in the world, Lowes! I could shop there every day, I love to wood smell that welcomes you into the store. The stone that frames the fireplace it self is limestone. It has a subtle sparkle to it (Duh!) had to throw that in there. And the lower tiles are Carrara Marble. Just like paint color, picking out tile is difficult. Confession…I was watching an episode of Property Brothers not too long ago on HGTV and the female home owner kept raving about how she HAD to have Carrara Marble in her kitchen. She was super stylish might I add. This is what helped me land my decision on the Carrara lol. Easy peasy….

I really love how it turned out! I’ve had a few friends over since we completed it and they think it’s quite a show piece. We are in the process redecorating the mantle as well so I will update this post once we have it complete. We spent less than $200 on the materials and it took us a weekend to complete.

My yearly Do-Over

Every year I grow. I develop in so many ways and because of this I think it’s important to revamp my entire life. My relationships, my finances, my business, me! This year I started a website. I want to share everything that I love from my family, to my skin care business, to my travels, fashion and food. I want to capture those most important moments and things that make me, me.

I’ve been working really hard on my latest project and while I had hoped to launch it at the beginning year, life doesn’t always go as planned. I wanted to take my time with it, make it feel authentic and not rushed. Really pour my time and energy in developing some good content on my blog, and most importantly thinking of ways I can pay it forward to others. Since my project hasn’t launched yet, I won’t give away too much of its content, but my featured image on this post is a clear indicator that it’s going to be something fierce!

Are you a small business owner who would like to be featured. Shoot me as message and I will check your business out! I’m all about paying it forward and helping a fellow entrepreneur. Shoot your deets to: upsideof30@gmail.com

My official launch date is February 28th because that day holds significance to me. I will share on launch day why. Be on the look out and I hope you enjoy what I have in store for you!

 

Xoxo,

 

Ruthie

 

 

The Lyons’ Go Smart

Don’t you just hate to see your electric and gas bill come through the mail? Especially during the winter months. I tend to run cold so the heat is usually cranked, but Terrence on the other hand likes it a little cooler and would rather layer up. We have a pretty nice fireplace downstairs that is gas, but that is a sure-fire way to jack up your bill if you run it regularly during cold season. We have been thinking on ways to bring our electric/gas bills down without breaking the bank or compromising our comfort. We finally agreed on something.

We decided to install a 3rd generation Nest thermostat system for our upstairs unit. We actually grabbed a deal on it because it was refurnished and spent $130.00 on it. It’s actually really neat, and I have to admit I’ve been too hot or too cold since we installed it. It has an app you install to your phone and set your preferences. You tell it what time to switch temperatures and it does it automatically. You can set it to an away temperature as well as adjust it while you’re away from home, all with a touch of a button.

The Nest provides a month read out of how much you’re saving on your electric/gas bill and the total time you’ve run your unit over the course of the month. Right now, we only have the Nest installed for the upstairs unit, but plan to buy one for downstairs soon. What we are doing is we set our downstairs unit to a little cooler than upstairs so we have cut back on that unit as well.

We even took this whole SMART thing a step further and purchased an Amazon Echo Dot. Alexa is linked up to our Nest as well and responds to commands such as, “Alexa, set thermostat to 70 degrees.” She responds with , “Ok” and the temperature is set. She’s such a great addition to the family. She can even play games with you when you’re bored.echo-dot

Besides the Nest and Amazon Echo Dot, we also purchased some Phillips Hues SMART lighting. We have 4 total bulbs but just ordered a few more (they aren’t cheap but we shop around for deals. Check out Groupon.) Alexa also controls the lighting with these bulbs. We also have a light strip being installed for under the cabinet lighting in the kitchen. I think these lights are my favorite! I love saying, “Alexa, turn bedroom lights to 100%.” She responds, “Ok.” and our lights cut on. There are several lighting choices you can pick depending on what mood you’re in. Terrence is terrible about leaving lights on heading out the door for work, and now this is ok. We can cut them off and on from our phones as well. If you’re looking to purchase Phillips HUE you have to purchase a starter kit which can run upwards of $200+. Groupon has a deal running where you can snag it for $94!! Here’s the link: Phillips Hue Starter Kit/Groupon Dealhue

We always look for functionality when we decide to invest in anything and these little gadgets have made life a little easier. We look forward to adding more SMART devices to out home in the future. Now to find one that can fold laundry for you….

Here is where you can purchase these SMART devices:

Amazon Echo Dot

Phillips HUE Lights

NEST (check Best Buy for Refurb devices as well)