SWIM: ALL ABOUT THE ONE PIECE

Before we start this post, we have to address the elephant in the room.  Please, please say you were following along on my Insta-stories while I was in NYC.  If you weren't, I will give you the cliff notes version of what happened.  I received the pictures back that you are seeing here in this post.  I decided to send the shot below to the sweet hubs with a little message that said, Miss you ;).  Harmless right?  Well, here is where it all went south....I accidentally sent it to all 18 parents on Luke's little league baseball group text!!!!  Please insert every emoji possible into this sentence.  I realized instantaneously what happened and literally tried EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I could to stop the text from sending as it was processing, but no such luck.  To say that I wanted to throw up in my mouth is the understatement of the century.  Best part of it all is that I immediately started getting texts back saying, "Aww, miss you too Landyn".  I literally wanted to DIE.  Let's just say it made the following Monday at the ball fields a little more interesting for everyone. HA! 

Suit | Hat

So here are some life lessons we can all take away from this story.  First, run don't walk to your nearest Nordstrom and buy this suit by Becca Swim.  I promise that it will make all of you look good!  It is so incredibly flattering and masks the problem areas while still being really sexy. Two, make sure when you are sending texts to your husband that it is only your husband you are sending them to.  Three, thank God I didn't show or say anything vulgar...it could have been so much worse...and let me tell you it was already pretty bad.  So that was my embarrassing life moment that I have now shared with you and all of the Internet.  I hope everyone got a huge kick out of it.

Suit | Hat

Okay, enough of my embarrassing situation.  Let's get on with the whole purpose of this post, all things one piece.  I have a couple of really fun tropical vacations planned this summer to celebrate my 40th birthday and I have been on the hunt for lots of bathing suits for those trips.  So when Nordstrom asked me to share some of my favorite suits, I jumped on the chance to start looking for the perfect one-pieces to take with me.  Lucky for me, Nordstrom has almost 400 one-pieces to choose from so really my only problem was narrowing down which ones I wanted.  I also noticed while I was searching that they have this cool feature where you can sort the suits based on common body types-small bust, large bust, hour-glass, athletic, pear shaped, and tummy concealing.  That might be helpful for you guys when you are trying to narrow down your search for the magical unicorn of suits that will make you look like you are still 20 while still keeping you decent as you chase kids all over the beach.

I feel like one-pieces have come so far in the past couple of years and have gone from dowdy to sex appeal.  Which as a mother of two I honestly could not be any happier about.  I will still rock a bikini, but honestly I feel my most comfortable and confident in a well-cut one-piece.  I think that one-pieces are so sexy because they leave a little something to the imagine.  They are classic and elegant, while still providing that va-va-va-voom I like in a suit. I love that they camouflage problem areas so well, are easy to move around in and are very comfortable.  I typically stick with black bathing suits, but I do love a pretty white suit if you have a good tan.  Just make sure that they are lined!!!  As you can see from the suits I chose, I am really into the cut-outs and lace-overlays that are so popular right now.  Again, it is all about giving that sex appeal while still leaving a little something to the imagination.

I went ahead and sourced all of my favorite suits from Nordstrom and I am going to break them down by color here below.  Hopefully that will take some of the work out of it for you guys and you will find that suit that makes you feel beautiful and sexy! Get it mama's. 

Xx
Landyn


BRINGING SEXY BLACK



WHITE HOT



COLOR ME PRETTY



THE ROUND TOWEL



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of your that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

GRADUATION GIFTS FOR GUYS

I posted the graduation gift guide for girls a few days back and I started getting messages asking what about gift for all those guy graduates.  Honestly, at first I didn't mean to do one just for girls, but it turns out it is way easier to source for girl gifts so I just went with it. Click here for the G.G.G.G. (girls graduation gift guide) Say that 10 times fast. Ha!  But not to fear, I was able to find some really great gifts for the guys in your life-family, friends, boyfriends.  As a matter if fact I took care of the gifts I needed to get as well. *thanks for the reminder* So, this week you are getting a bonus post!  I don't have a lot of time to go into the detail of each item, like I did in my last post, but just know these are the things I would give or love to receive myself (that is, if I was a boy graduating high school or college). Hope this helps!

Xx,
Landyn


Living with Landyn Graduation gift guide for guys

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

NASHVILLE TRAVEL SERIES: GERMANTOWN

I had the opportunity to explore Germantown, an area of Nashville that I have not spent much time in, and I had such a great day! It really is so fun to be adventurous and play tourist in your own town. I had an appointment at Poppy and Monroe, which was incredible and I can't wait to share more about that later. I decided to head over to the neighborhood a little early and do some exploring so I could create another installment of Nashville Travel Series on the blog. Germantown, just north of Nashville, it is one of the first suburbs of Nashville and was established in the mid 1800's. The great thing about this neighborhood is that even in redevelopment it has retained so much of its original architecture and charm.  It's a unique mix of Victorian era homes and revitalized old industrial buildings.  I know it sounds like a weird combination of styles, but it totally works.


STEADFAST COFFEE


Top | Skirt | Bag | Shoes | Sunglasses

The first stop on my morning of exploring was at Steadfast Coffee.  This is a locally owned coffee company that is known for sourcing the best beans and the art of roasting those beans.  The actual space itself has the most beautiful light and is very clean and modern.  Their artwork in the space is very cool and they have a really cute outdoor seating area. I ordered the avocado toast with an egg that was absolutely TO. DIE. FOR. They whip the avocado into a mousse, and then smear this thick homemade bread with some sort of magic cream cheese. So delicious.  They also have the most incredible foam designs in their coffees.  Seriously, you will feel a little guilty drinking them....but it won't stop you, because their coffee is so freaking good. They also serve lunch and dinner here too, as well as some really fun coffee based and non-coffee based cocktails. Give it a try!

see, my face was hairy. Eeeeek. Ha! 

see, my face was hairy. Eeeeek. Ha! 


CITY HOUSE


Before today, one of the main reasons we came to Germantown was to visit one of our favorite restaurants, City House.  They are known for authentic, rustic Northern Italian cuisine.  You will not find spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna on the menu, but what you will find are dishes like Octopus Ragu and Smoked Chicken Strozzapreti.  They might sound like odd combinations, but I promise.... they work and will knock your socks off.  I really need to do a full review on the restaurant, but for right now I will just tell you a couple of our favorite things that we always order. Our number one favorite is the Belly Ham Pizza.  It is what they are famous for and you can not leave without ordering it.  A little insider tip, if you want to look like a local, ask for an egg on top of the pizza.  It sounds weird, but it is ALL THE THINGS.  We always order the Frico as an appetizer.  It is a fried cheese that they switch out the ingredients for seasonally.  I just checked the menu and right now it is a potato frico, but in the summer they will occasionally do a  peach frico that is delish.  You really you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I can't forget their catfish and anything that they do with grits. Just go! On Sunday's you will find more "traditional" Italian fare mixed into the menu like meatballs, and lamb in what Tandy calls a Sunday gravy. Don't miss City House. P.S. If you can, grab a seat at the chefs bar where you can watch all the magic happen. 

Source: Eater Nashville

NASHVILLE FARMER'S MARKET


Another must do in Germantown is a stop at the Nashville Farmer's Market, which is one of the only farmer's market that is opened 363 days a year.  It is an open air market housed in two covered sheds, that during the peak growing season (May-November) house 150 vendors.  Everything from fresh seasonal vegetables to local meat, dairy, honey, freshly baked bread.  Basically you name it and they sell it.  They also have something called the Market House right on property that is home to over 14 local restaurants.  If you are a fan of Jamaican food then you have to try the Jamaciaway Catering stall. Our dear friend, Guy Fieri did an episode of Diners, Drive-in's and Dives here and said that if you like Jamaican food this place is legit.  The entire market experience is so fun and you really could spend half a day just wandering around and checking out what the different farmers have to offer.  The stall I am visiting above is Southern Roots Produce and it is one of my favorites to visit, so make sure you stop by and visit. 


GARDENS OF BABYLON


Technically Gardens of Babylon is not part of the Nashville Farmer's Market, but I love it so much that I had to give it a shout out all by itself.  It is a full blown garden center right in the middle of the Farmer's Market.  They have a huge greenhouse that has a fabulous selection of everything from vegetables to fiddle leaf figs.  In fact, this is where Steve and I get the majority of our vegetables for the garden.  The staff is so knowledgeable and for my local friends they also have a landscape company that does everything from design and instillation to outdoor kitchens and personal farming. 


HENRIETTA RED 


photo / henrietta red

photo / henrietta red

Confession, I haven't actually been to Henrietta Red yet, but I have heard so many rave reviews and have been dying to try it out.  I got there just as they were opening on the day and they let me sneak a peek inside.  I mean with an interior like that how could you go wrong.  It could not be any more gorgeous.  It is the brainchild of Culinary Arts Institute graduate Chef Julia Sullivan and her business partern/sommelier Allie Poindexter.  The menu looks delicious and has a heavy lean towards seafood and low-country style dishes.  The prices are also really amazing, both at the barroom and in the dining room.  The barroom is always available for walk-in seating, but I would definitely recommend a reservation for the dining room.  I will go soon and report back in full to you guys!

photo / henrietta red

photo / henrietta red


JUICE BAR 


I really don't have to go into a ton of detail about Juice Bar because my love for them is well documented.  If you are wondering what to get when you go, I always order the Mean Greens with a shot of ginger.  So good, and the ginger gives it a kick which I love.  The cool thing about the Germantown Juice Bar location is that they have a huge outdoor seating area which is perfect for when the weather is nice.


SHOPS + BOUTIQUES 


Unfortunately I had to mainly window shop when I was there, since I went before my Poppy and Monroe appointment and most shops weren't open yet.   However, the shopping in Germantown is great and there are a few well-known spots you have to check out.  One place I have always wanted to go to and haven't had the chance is Peter Nappi.  Peter Nappi was an Italian cobbler who immigrated to the US in the early 1900s.  His grandson decided to review the family craft and opened the Peter Nappi's location in Germantown in 2011.  The store is literally a site to be seen and they hand make the most gorgeous shoes and leather goods you have ever seen.  Some other must sees are Rich Hippies-which sells the most adorable children's clothing and accessories, Pieces Boutique-a women's clothing boutique with super cute, affordable clothes, Wilder- a really cool store run by two ex-New Yorkers with an eclectic mix of everything from home goods to perfumes to clothing and accessories.


MORE TO LOVE 


This neighborhood really has so much to offer and I am so glad that I ventured out of my normal area and took the time to explore it.  I didn't mention this before, but Germantown is a relatively small neighborhood, only 18 square blocks, so it is super easy to just park and walk around.  There are so many other amazing places that I could make this post 10 pages long if I kept going.  I am going to list off a few more of my must-do's and you can check them all out for yourself.  For eating you have to try, 5th and Taylor, 312 Pizza Co., Butchertown Hall, Cupcake Collection, and Cochon Butcher.  Also, our local AAA baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, stadium is in Germantown and that is always a fun, family friendly activity to enjoy. And be sure to check out The Band Box while you're there! There is also an amazing park called the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park which is right across from the farmer's market.  They have a 200 foot granite map that features all 95 counties in Tennessee and 31 different fountains that represent all of the 31 rivers in the state.  It is really cool and a great place to get kid's energy out if you are traveling with the family.

photo/ 312 Pizza

photo/ 312 Pizza

photo / butchertown hall

photo / butchertown hall

photo / cochon butcher

photo / cochon butcher

photo / nashville parks + rec

photo / nashville parks + rec


 

MY STREET STYLE 



YOUR FAIRY BRA MOTHER

Pajamas

Alright ladies, are we ready to talk about the girls?  Recently one of my most asked questions is what bras and underwear do I like.  Since we are all virtual best friends over here I figured no topic is off limits, so today I am spilling all my secrets about how I keep the girls looking good and the panty lines away.  I headed to Nordstrom and picked out all of my favorites because no one wants to see photos of all my old, ratty bras and underwear. #yourwelcome There are several different brands that I really like. And for me, Nordstrom carries all my favorite brands.  Plus, they do amazing bra fittings.  Have you been professionally fitted for a bra before?  If you haven't, you better head to the closest Nordstrom and get the girl's properly measured and fitted. The ladies in the lingerie department are expert bra fitters and they will totally hook you up with the right size.  If you hate the way your undergarments look underneath your clothes, it is most likely because you are wearing the wrong size.  Who knew!

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, because I want to be as upfront with you guys as possible.  Let's talk my sizes so you know what I am dealing with and works best based on my size.  I typically wear a 34 C or D depending on the cut of the bra. As for underwear, I am a size small. Maybe knowing my sizes will help you judge what will work for you based on your sizing in comparison to mine.  Here is another little secret you may want to know about me *if we are all going to be best friends* I only wear thongs and I am in a strapless bra 90% of the time. It's just the way I feel most comfortable. 


ALL ABOUT THE UNDIES


landyn_poolside-309.jpg

Underwear

We are going to get right down to business. The majority of the time I am wearing the Hanky Panky low-rise thong.  And when I say the majority of the time, I am talking like 95% of the time.  This has been my go to brand for forever and I love it.  They fit great and are very comfortable, which is obviously a must if you are spending your days in a thong. They actually don't come in a size and are just sized as a one size fits most.  I will say that they are a little pricey, but they hold up so well and are totally worth it.  They come in a ton of colors and patterns, so there is definitely going to be something for everyone.

landyn_poolside-312.jpg

Thong | Brief | Brief

My other go to brand when it comes to underwear is Commando.  This brand is exactly what its name implies and guarantees that you will not have a panty line.  Visible pant lines are my pet peeve and if I am wearing something skin tight that I need to make sure you can't see a VPL, then my Commando's are what I grab.  Just as a note on these, they are "raw edge" so the edge will look a little unfinished.  Do not be alarmed, that is what allows them to lay so flat to the skin without creating the bulge or indent that normally causes a panty line.  Now, I am going to be completely honest, I have never tried the two brief's I am showing; however, I do know that a thong is not for everyone so I did some research to find out the best choices out there.  If you are looking for a bikini or brief that does not provide a panty line then the Commando would be one of the ways to go.  The other option I am recommending I am doing so on the advice of others.  I went in to my local store to do some underwear research for you guys (yes it's true love) and the ladies in the lingerie department said that these Chantelle Intimates Seamless Bikini Briefs are some of their best selling underwear.  I figure these ladies know....and they are an AMAZING price point, so you might want to check them out.


THE VERY BEST BRAS


Lace Strapless Bra

As I mentioned above, I wear a strapless bra most of the time.  I don't like having bra straps showing and I am more comfortable in a strapless bra.  I wear this particular bra most of the time.  It does have an underwire in it, so it provides some support and lift, but it is still incredibly comfortable. I do not like any extra padding in my bras.  This bra is perfect for me because it has no padding and I can just use my silicone nipple covers inside the bra to make sure you aren't able to gauge the temperature of the room when I walk in. *wink*  I have this in both colors-nude and black. 

Bandeau

My love for a good bandeau for wearing under maxi dresses or shirts with low arm holes is well documented.  They are so easy to slide on and are SO comfortable to wear.  If you are looking for something with support, these probably aren't for you because there is no underwire or structure to provide lift in these bras.  I love the Nordstrom Bandeau and have several of them in black and I also love this Free People Lace Bandeau in black that I really like as well.  The Nordstrom Bandeau does have removable pads and detachable straps, but the Free People Lace Bandeau offers no padding or straps.

landyn_poolside-318.jpg

Bra

If you are like "Landyn, the girls need straps", then don't worry I totally have you covered.  This bra is my absolute favorite bra with straps.  There are certain occasions when I want or need a little bit more support or comfort and this is my go-to bra in that situation.  Natori makes some of the best bras on the market and while they are pricey, they are totally worth it.  This particular bra, the "Pure Luxe" Underwire T-Shirt Bra has over 430 reviews on Nordstrom.com and 351 of them are 5 star reviews.  I promise me and the other 351 people who have bought and reviewed this bra will not let you down!

Strapless Bra

This is my other favorite strapless bra that I own.  The lace strapless shown above is kind of my go-to everyday bra, but it doesn't work in every situation.  I wear this bra when I am wearing something a little more formfitting or where I need a smoother look under a shirt.  It is lined, so it gives a little more coverage and keeps the headlights from showing through as easily.  It also really holds everything up and in and doesn't slip at all, which is my number one pet peeve with strapless bras.  If you are looking for one,  all occasions strapless bra, then this is the one for you.  It is an affordable option too at only $44.  As an added bonus, it is fully convertible so you can wear it with strapless, with straps, as a halter, crossed or one shoulder.  Lots of options.

Bra

Last but not least is one more bra with straps.  This bra is the absolute best t-shirt bra that I have found.  It is very similar to the black one, but it does not have the detailing on the straps that the black bra has.  If you need a completely seamless, well-fitting bra that is going to be smoothing under shirts, then this is the bra you need to by.  A cool feature that it has is a mesh leotard back which helps prevent bra bulge, because nobody has time for that!


UNDERNEATH IT ALL



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of your that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


GRADUATION GIFTS FOR GIRLS

It is that time of year.  Time to start getting ready to launch friends and family out into the next chapter of their lives.  Graduation is always such an exciting time and I have been getting a lot of questions on what to get friends and family, so I decided to put together a little shopping guide for you.  

Xx
Landyn


Lwl Graduation Gifts for Girls

1 | 2 a & b | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

1.  Mantra Bands:  I have recommended these bracelets for several different occasions because they really do make the best gifts.  Check out all the different sayings here, because so many of them are so perfect for graduation.

2. Almost Adulting and I Just Graduated Now What?:  Who doesn't need a little sage advice as the enter the real world?  Even better if it is served with a heavy dose of humor.  Give the girls in your life these guidebooks for rocking it in their post-college lives.

3.  Embossed Laptop Sleeve:  Okay, let's talk about this company for a minute.  I had never heard of The Daily Edited until I attended the rewardStyle conference last month. They had a booth set up and I immediately fell in LOVE with their products.  Everything they make is so gorgeous and the craftsmanship and quality is amazing.  I literally wanted to make a gift guide of just their products so make sure you check out their entire site because they have so many good gift ideas.  I had to include this Laptop Sleeve though because I actually have this exact one with my initials embossed in gold and it is everything.  Seriously!  Everyone, regardless of whether your are graduating needs one of these.

4.  The Sky's The Limit Paperweight:  Um...how cute is this?  I love desk accessories for either high school or college graduates because they are perfect for decorating a new space-whether that is a dorm room or a first apartment.

5. Mason Weekender Bag:  I included this on one of my Christmas gift guides, but it is just too good not to share again.  My sweet Julia has one of these and every time we travel together I want to snatch it up and start running away so I can keep it for my own.

6.  State Pendants:  How perfect are these for graduation?  You can give one to represent the graduates home state so she can have some home town pride while away at school, the state in which they went to college, or even the state they will be starting their new life in.  What a great, meaningful gift.

7.  Kate Spade Desk Accessories:  Let's help our graduates #makeprettychoices when it comes to desk accessories.  Gone are the dates of the ugly beige stapler, black tape dispenser and electric blue staple remover.  Give them this gorgeous set and their dorm room desk or their new cubicle at work will look perfect.

8. Work Tote:  This bag is the PERFECT work tote.  It comes in several different colors and is less than $50!  It is the perfect size and fits laptop, notebook, files and it has a detachable zipper pouch that can hold everything from credit cards and lipstick to your business cards.

9.  Dinner Made Simple Cookbook:  This book is the perfect gift for a new cook.  The premise is that all you need is 35 everyday ingredients to make 350 different recipes.  A great starter cookbook for the girl who can no longer rely on the dining hall to feed her.

10.  Doormat:  It's like a friendly reminder from your mother in the form of a doormat.  Would this not look so cute at the front door of a first apartment?

11. Laptop Bag- This is the perfect laptop bag if you are looking to make a little bit more of an investment in a work bag.  It would be so great for the girl that has a long commute or travels a lot.  I love the color-blocked neutrals against the black accents.  Stylish and classic.

12. Desk Pad:  This personalized desk pad is such a great accessory for a first office.  Who needs ugly post it notes or yellow legal pads when you can leave notes on a cute pad like this? #makeprettychoices

13. Metallic Gold Raden Luggage:  Let's just say that this luggage had me at metallic gold.  I feel like everyone needs gold luggage in their life.  There is a built-in charging base in the case that allows you to charge your devices directly from your luggage and it has a built in scale that syncs to your phone through the app.  No more wondering if you are going to be hit with baggage overage fees!

14.  Spiral Notebook:  Whether they are taking notes in their first college lecture or furiously scribbling down everything from their first meeting at work, every girl needs a good notebook.

15.  Business Card Holder:  These business card holders are amazing!  I actually have the square one in gold and I absolutely love it.  They are all handmade and they are so beautiful and well made.  I love mine!


 

 

 

 

CREATING A CONTAINER GARDEN

Last week I tackled planting my container gardens and I got so many questions about it on Instagram that I thought I would put together a whole post on how I like to do my pots. If you remember from this post, gardening is one of my favorite things in the entire world.  I love getting my gloves on and getting dirty and then at the end hosing everything off and having a really beautiful end result.  There is just something so soothing about it and I love the sense of accomplishment it gives me.

If you are local, I always use the Kiwanis stand on Whitebridge Road for my container garden flowers.  If you recall, this is where I go to get all the white pumpkins in the fall.  Ask for Belinda, she is the absolute best and is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.  As with all things in my life, I only want white flowers in my pots.  Some people are all about that pop of color, which I totally get, but for me I love the classic simplicity of all white flowers.  Then adding lots of greenery and texture with plants like ferns, boxwoods, and caladiums.  I love how crisp it looks and all of the white flowers at night look really beautiful against the house with the lights shining on them. 

Xx
Landyn


STAIRWAY DRAMA


landyn_poolside-78.jpg

This first planter is actually part of a pair of planters that are original to the house.  I absolutely love them and the amount of patina that they have acquired through the years.  I originally had boxwoods in these planters and unfortunately they just outgrew their home.  I decided to go a little more of a tropical look this year and am hoping that since these plants are made to withstand the heat they will thrive this summer.  I love the black stem on this Colocasia Black Stem Elephant's Ear and the height that it provides in this planter.  Because I am very monochromatic in all of the plants I choose, I feel like it is VERY important to vary height, contrast and texture in my planters to make sure there is still visual interest.  Because I have these at the entry way down to the pool, I wanted something really dramatic and the plants that I included in the base of these planters are going to do just that.  The plants in the base are a Sweet Potato Vine and Whirlwind Whites.

sweet potato vine 

sweet potato vine 

whirlwind white 

whirlwind white 


AGAINST THE HOUSE


I like creating a sense of cohesiveness and consistency in my planters so I carried the tropical theme over to this planter that is right at the entrance to the pool house.  Because this is up against the house, I went with a larger plant to provide some height against the white wall.  The larger plant is an Elephant Ear called Upright Alocasia.  It will get very tall and full and I love how dramatic it will look on either side of the sliding doors. As you can see, I continued the use of the Sweet Potato Vine and Whirlwind Whites from the other planters.  It is super important to me that I select plants that are very hardy and don't require a lot of time and attention. #landyaintgottimeforthat These plants are awesome because they are very drought tolerant and while you DO have to water them, they are perfectly fine to be completely dried out in between waterings.


POOLSIDE POTS


I have four of these around the pool, one at each corner of the pool.  Because they are right next to the pool I wanted to make sure that I would pick something that would not shed and send flowers into the pool.  Steve would literally loose his mind.  I love the varigated leaves on this bush.  The key when planting your planters is to give everyone space to grow and fill out.  That is sometimes the hardest part for me because I feel like it looks bare when I first plant them and I have a tendency to want to over plant.  However, you have to keep in mind that everyone is going to get taller and fill out more and they will need space to be able to do that.  My theme is always white, white, and more white, but I love to play with the different shades of green and levels of variegation in the leaves of the plants.


BORDER BEAUTIES


I use these New Guniea Impatiens in the flower beds around the pool.  I then mix in some white Salvia in to provide a little height.  In addition, the Salvia attract butterflies, which is always an added bonus. I absolutely love these impatiens because they do not shed and you do not have to deadhead them or provide any maintenance outside of watering them.  They will just continue to grow and bloom all throughout the summer without any work.  Again with the white, but I dig the contrast of the white against the really vibrant green leaves and dark mulch.

I wanted to make a quick note about this particular variation of Sweet Potato Vine that I use in a lot of my planters.  It is called the Sweet Caroline Bewitched in Green with Envy and it is a compact vine.  It will get fuller and will definitely trail, but it won't get as leggy as some of the other variations of Sweet Potato Vines.  Don't worry though if you get a different variation that starts to run really long, you can always just trim it up and keep it shorter.  It will just require a little more maintenance.

I choose this Creeping Jenny for the planters around the pool because I love how the color changes as the plant grows.  It gets darker on the ends and stays a really bright green in the center of the plant.  It is so pretty when it starts spilling over the edge of the planters.

The bottom line is that I like to select very low-maintenance plants that are going to require very little of me through out the summer.  I want to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor without having to continue to labor over them all spring and summer.  If that is your gardening philosophy then I highly suggest you try out some of the guys that I have included in my own planters.  I promise you won't have to be a slave to your garden this year!


BRING ON SUMMER



SUMMER PARTY STYLE

Dress | Shoes | Bracelet | Bracelets

Summer event season is about to kick off and whether it is baby showers, wedding showers, or just a night out.  I feel like we all need a good go to dress that is simple and effortless.  I actually found this dress when I was shopping for my trip to Dallas a few weeks back and I totally fell in love.  I wanted to share another secret source for great dresses that is one of my go-to's.  You guys know I am a Nordy's girl through and through, but I am always surprised when I go into my local Dillard's.  Honestly I am not 100% sure if Dillard's is a national chain, but even if it isn't, they have a great website that you can always check out.  Anyways, long story short, I found this cute dress there when I was power shopping like a mad woman right before my trip and I love it.  It really is all the things!

look5-30.jpg

You know that I typically stick to neutrals when I am dressing, but I definitely make an exception to that rule during the summer.  My favorite color to add is a pop of bright pink into my wardrobe.  I am also a big fan of a good blue too.  I sourced some really gorgeous dresses in neutrals and then I went crazy and added some summer color options to your closet...and even a pattern or two. Basically, whatever the occasion this summer, Landy your personal shopper has you covered. #loveyougirls


ALL THINGS NEUTRAL



COLOR ME PRETTY



 WHEN IN DOUBT, NUDE



THE PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

With Mother's Day right around the corner I have been on the lookout for fun, easy ideas to put together for my mom for Mother's Day.  My mom is such a huge inspiration and source of support for me, so I wanted to put together something fun and unique this year.  I had the idea to do a spa/beauty bag for her this year so I headed to Marshall's because I knew there would be so many awesome things to choose from and I would be able to get all of my shopping done in one spot.  I am literally so busy with travel in the months of April and May, like out of town every week except for one before Mother's Day, so I wanted to go ahead and get everything picked out and put together early.

I am all about trying to find alternate ways to package or wrap gifts, so I started my hunt in the purse section.  I wanted to pick out a really cute tote to put all of my goodies in.  I like that it is a 2-in-1 gift and she can carry the tote around all spring and summer after she gets the bath items out.  I love this white tote for only $39.99.  It would make a perfect beach bag or market tote.  I also found a beautiful scarf to tie on the handle of the tote as a cute little accent.

The scarf was actually the inspiration for my gift.  It was only $9.99 and the color palette really set the tone for all of the other items that I picked.  That is actually a really good tip for when you are shopping at Marshalls for a gift.  It can sometimes be overwhelming to look through all the items, so I like to pick a theme or color palette for what I am gifting.  That helps me really hone in on what I should be looking for and helps me stay focused on what I need to buy.  You know I am like a squirrel and if I see I shiny object it can send me down a rabbit hole, so that little trick really helps me stay focused.

Once I had my tote, I was ready to hit up the bath and beauty section to fill it up with all kinds of fun stuff.  Here is the best part; all of the the items I selected for my bag were less than $5!  Even the candle and picture frame.  How amazing is that!?! #marshallsdoesitagain.  I am absolutely obsessed with the little marble blending sponge that I found.  If your mom is a marble lover like me, you better head to Marshalls quick and scoop those up.  I also love the candle that I chose.  Marshalls truly has the best selection of candles (remember my pumpkin spice ones I am crazy about?) and the one I got was only $4.99.  I am going to put a put a picture of the kids in that cute frame and add that in the bag.  And viola, my Mother's Day gift is complete.

IMG_1729.JPG

So moral of the story is, if you are looking for a stress-free, one stop shop for your Mother's Day gifting needs, get in the car right now and head to Marshalls.  I promise you are going to find something your mom is going to LOVE!  Who knows, you might find a little Mother's Day gift for yourself.  It is kind of like Christmas shopping...one for them, one for me. #wedeserveit


A special thank you to Marshalls for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.


STYLED LIKE A MOTHER

LWL_JeanJacket-52.jpg

Top | Jeans

As mom's I know we all feel like we constantly have a million balls in the air, and every day is basically one BIG manic rush to try and make sure that we aren't dropping any of the balls.  The hustle is real!  Honestly, there are days when it is a struggle for me even to get dressed.  If you recall, last week I even met the air conditioner repair man in my pajamas...at 2 o'clock in the afternoon...and it wasn't until after I had talked to him for ten minutes, that I realized I didn't have a bra on.  WHAT!  It is days like these that I totally rely on a uniform, or momiform if you will.  Sometimes I just don't want to think about it and want to be able to grab a go-to look and get out the dang door.

That is why I totally love these adorable graphic tee's that Junk Food designed specifically for Evereve.  As you guys know from my previous work with them, Evereve is all about empowering women to be their best self, to feel good about themselves, and look good while they are doing it.  #dresslikeamom doesn't have to be a bad thing ladies!  I love that these shirts are all about female empowerment and showing that while being a mom is hard work, you don't have to work hard to look good.  There are actually 8 different shirts and a sweatshirt in the Junk Food collection.  In fact, Evereve has created an entire Mother's Day Collection that you have to check out.  It includes great tee's, plus other items that will help you build your everyday momiform and the perfect gift idea for one of your mama-tribe members. 

LWL_JeanJacket-59.jpg


STEPPIN' IT UP A NOTCH


Dress

There is nothing I love more than finding an item that requires no effort, but makes it look like you really tried hard to pull yourself together.  Guys, this dress is that item.  It is like the golden unicorn of dresses.  It's just a little bit sexy, but still conservative enough to wear to your kid's school function.  You can totally dress it down for daytime like I did with this awesome denim jacket and then just slip on some heels and a couple pieces of jewelry and it can take you straight to date night with your hubs.  EVERY WOMAN NEEDS a dress like this in their closet.  I know some of you are going to be really nervous because it is form fitting, but I promise it is so flattering. The ruching really works in hiding a multitude of sins...if you know what I mean.


MOTHER'S DAY  S A L E  all day 5/14

Evereve is holding a storewide S A L E all day on Mother's Day, that is valid both in-stores and online. See, you don't even have to leave the house. No promo code necessary! Here are some of the pieces I have in my closet or would put in my cart, if you are looking for some inspiration in building your momiform

 

HAPPY MAMA'S DAY, Mama's! 

Xx
Landyn


TOPS



BOTTOMS



DRESSES



JACKETS



SHOES AND ACCESSORIES



A special thank you to Evereve for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.

THE ULTIMATE MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I have been getting asked a lot about Mother's Day gift ideas.  Below I have put together a list of either things that I have and absolutely love, or things I would love to have.  Below the guide I give you additonal information about each item and why it is a must have.  Dont' worry, because you know I am an options addict, I sourced a bunch of other gift ideas for you to check out at the very bottom of the post.  There is something for every pricepoint and for everyone.  Go ahead, send this link to your husband and then take a peek to find something for your own mom or mother-in-law.

Xx,
Landyn


LWL MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

1 | 2 a & b | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

1. Brass TeePee Drops:  Have you guys heard of a company called Accessory Concierge before?  Me neither, until one of the girls I met this past weekend told me about them and I am already hooked.  They have the cutest jewelry for the BEST prices.  I am in love with the shape of these earrings, but you should definitely check out their whole site because it is so good!

2. Colleen Rothschild Beauty Balm and Detox Mask:  I got sent some of these products in the mail and I am hooked.  The beauty balm is absolutely amazing and it cleans so well (including removing eye make-up) and the cloth that comes with it to steam your face is amazing.  If you know me, you know I love a good Sunday mask and this Detox Mask has been put into my rotation.  If you are wanting to test the full line (I have all these products and they are amazing) they offer an awesome Discovery Set that is on sale for only $69.95.  Best part is, I have a coupon code for you girls for 20% off all full price products. Just use code LANDYN20 at checkout.

3.  Snakeskin Embossed Ugg Slippers:  These basically had me at snakeskin embossing. Um... chic and stylish while also being insanely comfortable....what mom doesn't want that?

4.  Queen Bee Mug:  Let's be honest mama's, we all know that we are the queen's of our little hives, so we might as well have a mug that proves it. Am I right?

5.  White Stoneware Casserole Dish:  I know, who wants a casserole dish for Mother's Day?  Oh wait, this lady right here. This reminds me of my favorite Le Creuset and would look so gorgeous sitting on a stove top or with week night dinners in it.

6. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Set:  This scent is every thing and I love that it comes with a travel set.  It has a small, refillable spray bottle that is perfect for taking in your toiletries bag on trips. 

7.  Jersey Robe:  This is the PERFECT robe for spring and summer.  It is light weight so you won't sweat to death while doing your hair.  It comes in five different colors, has great reviews, and is an awesome price at only $38. At that price you can grab one for your mom and your mother-in-law!

8.  Travel Jewelry Organizer:  After my trip to Dallas, I learned the hard way that I need a jewelry organizer when I travel.  Trying to keep everything together, untangled and organized was a freaking disaster and I was constantly looking for a missing earring or that one specific bracelet. Wolf makes so many awesome ones, it was hard to choose which one I wanted!?

9.  L'Occitane Hand Cream Set:  L'Occitane makes basically the gold standard of hand cremes and this gift set is the perfect gift.  And you know I am a sucker for pretty packaging, so when you combine that with an amazing hand creme, I am sold!  This is another one that I think would make an awesome mother or mother-in-law gift. 

10.  Moonstone Halo Ring:  If you have never heard of Melanie Auld, then I suggest you scurry to her site right now and drool over all of her gorgeous jewelry.  Melanie is a friend of a friend, and when we were introduced I immediately fell head over heels for her work. I literally want one of EVERYTHING she makes, but her rings are my absolute favorite!

11.  Cluse Marble Faced Watch:  So we all know my obsession with Cluse watches.  Combine that with my obsession with all things marble and it is basically a match made in heaven. 

12.  Personalized Map Pillow:  How perfect is this customizable pillow.  You are able to put hearts over the cities where your/their children or grandchildren live. I absolutely love this idea and I think I might have to get one for Sandi.  It would look so cute in her home!

13.  Moonlight Pajamas:  I shared these at Christmas time and I own two pairs.  They are my absolute FAVORITE pairs of pajamas. They also come in a shorts and short sleeve shirt option if you want something a little more comfortable for warmer weather.

14.  Tory Burch Flip Flop:  I have several pairs of these and they are my absolute favorite flip flop.  They are so comfortable, don't rub your toes at all, and hold up really well.  A definite must moving in to pool and beach season.

15.  Best Mom Desk Sign:  Is this not the best title in the world?  Why not celebrated it and show it off on your desk at work or in your work space at home. Hey, everyone wants to be recognized for their achievements.


MORE FUN OPTIONS