Guest Post | Amanda of Lust Luxe Love

Today Amanda from Lust Luxe Love is filling in for me. I love Amanda’s taste and I have a feeling we’d be bff’s in real life. :) Welcome, Amanda!
Hi everyone! I’m Amanda from Lust Luxe Love filling in for Natalie and so thrilled to be here! 
One of my favorite fall classics is black and gray. I love how versatile a gray jacket can be – and how it makes the perfect pairing with many of this season’s rich colors. So what’s not to love about it?
Thanks so much for having me Natalie!

Southern Classic Pecan Pie | Guest Post!

Todayyy I’m swapping blogs with sweet Caroline from Between Your Ears. Caroline’s blog is one of the first ones I followed along with as I first started blogging, she’s been a huge source of inspiration to me {and have you seen her Everygirl house tour? Amazing!}. Caroline is an amazing cook and is sharing a southern classic today.

Also: I’m posting over on Amanda’s fabulous blog today! Amanda re-designed my blog and is all around amazing. Be sure to check that out, too! Guest post central.

Welcome, Caroline!

Hello to Natalie’s fabulous readers! I’m so thrilled to be switching places with Natalie today because I’m absolutely smitten with her blog! She has such a glamorous, but laid back sense of style that I really admire. Every outfit she posts just seems so effortless, but still put together and chic. I also LOVE her hair, as weird as that sounds. I’ve always wanted a head full of ringlets!!

Since Natalie has given me the floor today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes with you. Aside from being a Southern classic, pecan pie is one of those things that always tastes amazing and will always remind me of my mother. My Southern momma can make this pie in her sleep, and that’s not just because this recipe is so freaking easy but because she made them so often when I was growing up. If you’ve never made a pecan pie, then please, humor me. Don’t go out and buy one at the store because those are always dry and icky. Try out this recipe, and I think you’ll understand why the expression ‘easy as pie’ exists!

Oh, and I use a frozen pie crust. Those elves over at Pilsbury really know what they’re doing.
Oh, and don’t you even dare eat a slice of pecan pie without some vanilla ice cream on top!

Oh yes, it’s divine.

Pecan Pie, a Southern Classic

1 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.5 cups pecans 1
 frozen pie crust, thawed and fit into a pie dish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl, whisking well. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie dish. Bake for 1 hour, or until crust is browned and middle of the pie doesn’t jiggle. Let cool for 5 minutes, and devour!
I sure hope you’ll all come over and check out Between Your Ears! I love to share my favorite recipes and what’s been going on over in my little Atlanta apartment.
Thank you so much to Natalie for letting me hang out with y’all today! And don’t forget to head over and see the beautiful outfit inspiration she posted on Between Your Ears!


House Tour | Guest Post!

Today Jessie from The Long and Short of It is sharing her beautiful home with us! I love Jessie’s style and her home is one of my favorites. Enjoy!
Hello friends. My name is Jessie Short from The Long and Short of It.  When Natalie asked me to do a home tour I was flattered. I admire her style and it is a huge compliment she asked me.  After living in our house for 2 1/2 years we recently decided to renovate our kitchen. I am a self proclaimed design fanatic and it has been so much fun!  I feel like our house is a work in progress and I am excited to show all of you some of the recent progress. 
 Dining Room:



Living Room:

Summer Wardrobe Staples | Guest Post!

Today I have a special post — Gaby from The Vault Files is sharing her summer wardrobe staples. Gaby has an amazing sense of style, an incredible blog, and is one of the sweetest people you’ll talk to. If you aren’t a current reader of her blog, you’re missing out. Welcome, Gaby!
Hi everyone, Gaby from The Vault Files here excited to be on Natalie’s blog today sharing some of my summer staples with all of you. I’m even more excited to be here this week, now that Natalie got a blog makeover, how exciting?
Below are some of my summer go-to pieces, hope you enjoy this peek into my closet ;)

I bought this gorgeous dress while in Toronto earlier this year and I couldn’t be happier I did so. The side pockets secretly make my heart flutter ;)
With so many great options right now, how could you resist adding some floral pieces to your closet?

I’m really enjoying both brights and lights this season.
Denim shorts are my go-to during the summer, they are just the easiest to pull off and so comfortable!
A year round favorite, I couldn’t live without them.
These are a couple of my current favorites.
Shoes wise, I think I couldn’t live without my boat shoes, which I highly recommend, flat sandals and some leopard print. I also wear my black Toms a lot, same as my black studded sandals.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my summer staples! For more inspiration you can check out my summer essentials posts here. Thanks so much Natalie for having me, this was fun!


{Also in this series: View Sara’s spring staples here, and Liz’s winter staples here.}

Spring Wardrobe Staples | Guest Post!

An exciting post for you today! Sara from a dose of pretty is sharing her spring wardrobe staples. Sara has such an eye for fashion and design, and I love how her pieces are classic with just the right amount of trendy! {Sara is also pregnant with her second child, a little girl. So sweet!} Enjoy!


Hello Natalie Merrillyn readers, I am Sara from a dose of pretty
I am so flattered to be here sharing my spring staples with you.
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year and I am really looking
forward to some flowering blooms and spring showers.
My latest acquisition is this handbag. I adore the color and the leather is exquisite.
I am a big fan of J.Crew jewelry as you can see. Some of the other items shown
above are: Panama hat, Rebecca Minkoff clutch, J. Crew clutch, Zara sequin clutch,

For spring I am loving neon and florals, but I also can’t live without some of my neutral pieces – black leather shorts and a classic pleated skirt. The shirts (striped, gingham, chambray, and silk shirts) shown here are some of my staples that I pretty much wear all year round. I am currently
wanting to add pink and orange gingham shirts to my slow growing collection.
Lace and colored skinnies (coral, cobalt blue, and red) along with my cheetah skinnies
are another portion of my spring wardrobe. I hope to add some green colored skinnies 
and a pair of floral pants soon.

Layers and more layers. A classic trench coat and its forms, sleeveless and short,
are a must along with a few other basics such as a denim jacket.
Loafers, neon yellow wedges, sequin sandals, my seen-better-days Sperrys,
and neutral flats, will be seen and worn a lot during this season. I am wanting to add
a pair of metallic Sperrys to give mine a break.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my spring staples straight out of my closet
and I hope you stop by and visit me and say hello.


{Also in this series: View Liz’s winter staples here}.