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It’s August! Can you believe it? Jack starts second grade tomorrow and I’m ready to get back to our normal routine. You know what else I’m ready for? Fall, cooler temperatures and crisp air. I might have to wait a little while until that happens but it hasn’t stopped me from already planning my fall wardrobe. Check out some of my current favorites below. 



Ok, this will sound cliché but how is it July already? It’s crazy how fast this year is going by. Summer is flying by and my kids will be back to school in mid-august. In the meantime, let’s still enjoy this summer with some fabulous pieces.

Happy shopping!


You and Your Enabled Garden

You never know what’s around the corner. Whether it’s illness, old age, or perhaps we’re caring for someone who needs help with their daily needs – it’s been proven that gardening is not only therapeutic, but it strengthens our mind, body and spirit. For many, it’s a way to feel independent by having something that needs care and attention. But what do we do when the garden we currently have is no longer fit for the person who needs it?

Simple – we create one that with an enabled design! Yes, they can help you choose flowers and help to buy trees for your state, but creating an enabled garden means that you can help a loved one maintain their lifestyle and even help them on the road to recovery or increase their quality of life.

 Here you’ll find some helpful tips and advice on how you can create the ideal gardening environment for a loved one to enjoy and nurture. 

Access & pathways

Firstly, how easy is it for your loved one to actually gain access to the garden? If there are steps in the way and your loved one uses a wheelchair then you’ll need to consider installing a ramp, so they can access the garden independently. If you have someone with mobility problems in mind then it might be wise to consider installing a pathway around the garden so there is one simple route around. 

This will also ensure that the ground is even, and they’ll be less likely to trip or stumble over uneven ground or slippery grass. You could try installing grips rails as a safety precaution too. As a rule, your paths should be about 3ft wide if you’re accommodating a wheelchair user. 

The layout

Plan plenty of seating areas around the garden space, so should your loved one get tired they have the option to sit and rest for a moment. Not only that, various seating areas will allow your loved one to view their garden and their hard work from lots of different angles!

Lawns can be difficult to manage, and they require a lot of maintenance. Consider replacing the natural lawn with something artificial or install more paths and access points. 

If you have a pond in your garden, you and your loved one will need to discuss whether or not the upkeep of it is going to be practical. You could always install a low maintenance water feature instead if they’d still like to enjoy the sight and sound of water.


When it comes to a planting scheme; raised flower beds are the way to go. It’ll make everything accessible and of course much more enjoyable! 

Get rid of plants that have a reputation for quickly growing out of hand. Rampant growers and plants that take up too much space could be removed to make way for something much easier to maintain and will survive in all weathers. If you’re unsure, simply ask for more information when you buy. 

*This is a collaborative post

Loving: Double Trouble Bomber Jacket by r13

If you are not familiar with the R13, let me tell you a little bit about them. Trust me, it’ll quickly become one of your favorites!

“Return of the American Rebel” Inspired by the rebellious spirit of America and the intrigue of unwavering authenticity, R13 launched in the fall of 2009. At the forefront of design, R13 cuts avant-garde silhouettes such as the skinny legging and harem pant from Italian and Turkish denim produced in Castelfranco, Italy. Pure indigo casting, quality stretch and machine hand mending give the jeans their superior shape and an authentic vintage feel.

But if you think R13 carries denim only, think again! Offering a variety of must have pieces, R13 prides itself in bringing designs you won’t find anywhere else. Combining rock ‘n’ roll cuts and vintage inspired fabrics, their style is punk rock meet classic staple.

Here comes trouble…

I wore my Double Trouble satin bomber with a metallic trim to a recent date night with Brad. It was the perfect piece to add a little bad girl vibe to an otherwise simple outfit.  I love that most R13 items are easy to pair with other items from their collection.

R13 Trouble Bomber Jacket (similar) // Rebecca Minkoff Palma Slides // Daughter & Inti Sunshine State of Mind Tee
My bomber jacket is super versatile. I would love to pair it with these items currently available from their most recent collection.
R13 Long Slip Dress // R13 Elvis Mugshot Tee // R13 Jenny Mid Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans 

I love that my jacket will transition beautifully into fall and even winter. I’ll either add some funky Golden Goose sneakers  for a causal look or a pair slick booties for a more dressy night look.



Long time no see friends! I totally missed May’s wish list. Sorry about that. Things have been crazy — more on that tomorrow.  Today I’m back with another WISH LIST and this everything in this one (except for the 2 beauty items) is on sale! Yes, everything.

Happy shopping!