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I’ve lived in Texas all my life and I’ve got to say, this has been one of the most mild summers we’ve ever had here. Honestly, I’m beginning to feel like we live in a rainforest due to the constant downpours we’ve been experiencing but hey, I’ll take that over 105 degrees any day. Nonetheless, even in what I think is a mild summer…it is still hot. Lightweight clothes are much preferred over anything bulky and heavy. I picked up this gorgeous romper (I know you can’t really tell in these pictures that the navy-blueish thing is a romper, but it is) at Zara while shopping in California and it has been my go to dinner outfit ever since. It’s easy, breezy, and so so comfortable. Pair something like this with sandals and a lightweight bag and you are good to go for those hot summer days! Enjoy!

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(hat: Goorin Bros; necklace, purse: Francesca’s; romper: Zara; shoes: Marshall’s)

xoxo Candice

Have you seen the show Fixer Upper on HGTV? It just wrapped it’s first season so if you missed it, you might have to catch repeats of the show but my goodness, it is incredible. Style-wise, it’s the best show I’ve seen on HGTV in a long time. It encompasses a refined farmhouse look and is just fabulous. I follow the female lead on the show, Joanna Gaines (@joannagaines), on Instagram and saw a picture she posted recently of bookshelf décor that was done with old books that had no binding. I loved the look of it and wanted to recreate it for a section of our buffet. It’s super simple and I did a little “how to” on it below. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

Old Books

Ribbon/String

Scissors

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1. Pick up some old books at a nearby Antique shop, I scored these beauties for just $2.16. I bought a couple of them without the binding and just removed the binding of the ones that still had it.

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2. Choose the one that has the least amount of character to add the ribbon to. I wrapped the ribbon around the book as if I was wrapping a present and tied a knot at the top.

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3. Figure out the best way to arrange the book. I played around with a few different ways before deciding on my favorite.

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4. Add some sort of book end or accessory to complete this simple look.

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How simple was that? So easy. So inexpensive. And adds just the perfect amount of worn character to any new piece. I think you should try it.

(books: antique store; string, ampersand bookend: HomeGoods; gold scissors: Target)

xoxo Candice

Man, oh man, I am so so excited to share this post with you! I saw a picture from an Instagramer I follow @lizmariegalvan awhile back and I was so inspired that I knew I had to have a similar area in my house. She had her husband build her this beautiful buffet and then used a piece from the Etsy shop at House of Belonging for the focal point above it. The possibilities of a potluck dinner being served on this buffet coupled with beautiful words right above it just made me swoon. I enlisted my handy hubby once again to build this buffet for me and I finished painting it over the weekend, right before my House of Belonging piece came in yesterday! I was so excited about this part of the dining room and I have to say, it’s even better than I imagined. The heart behind House of Belonging is to have words throughout the house that will be significant; words that will inspire and give purpose. When I read this “Blaze New Trails” sign, I got chill bumps. It made me want to move, want to follow my passions and trust God with each and every step of this adventure we call life. I love it, and I hope you do too. Enjoy!

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(sign: House of Belonging, found here; buffet: Liz Marie Blog, instructions found here; vases, wooden flower box, succulents, picture frames, bottle holder, “love” sign, ampersand, black and white books, oversized clothespin, fabric bowl, decorative balls: HomeGoods; sticks, lanterns: Marshalls)

xoxo Candice