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We're selling our house!

September 20, 2017

Y'all, we are selling our house!!!  We'd love for someone we or our neighbors know to purchase it before we list on MLS in a few weeks.

We have loved this home and our incredible neighborhood so much but we are also really excited for the next chapter in our lives.  A lot of the details of our next move are still up in the air; there are a lot of moving parts!  Change can be so scary but it can also be awesome and I'm ready for the ride!

Check out the details at 205sweetbriar.com and share with your friends in the Richmond area!

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September Accessories for the Home

September 5, 2017

The house is so quiet!  It's really hard to believe I have two kids in elementary school.  Time is going by so fast.  Mamas of babies, I swear it goes by so slow for so long and then you blink and they're old.  I'm still at the bottom of the PTA ladder, though, so I have a while to go before they're really grown :)  So far, everyone is liking school while they're there but they both hate getting up and going.  I think they'd both prefer a three days on four day off schedule.  Mornings are tough, but we're getting as much as possible ready the night before so we just need to get up and go.


I'm still loving blues and brass for the home.  I've already started swapping out some of my summer brights for things that are a bit moodier.  Charcoal grey and wood tones are popping up on my radar. My look feels like it's evolving a little bit more formal.  I want cozy and welcoming!

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Sale Pieces Under $25

September 1, 2017

Whew, what happened to summer?

Our summer was so wonderfully ordinary.  We traveled.  We slept in.  We had no schedule.  The kids fought non-stop.  Bedtime crept past 9:00pm.  I thought I was going to lose my mind most days.  We swam--at the pool, the river, and the ocean.  We ate ice-cream (like every day).  I had happy hour with my husband most nights on our patio.  I did laundry.  Fed the kids.  Vacuumed.  Yada Yada Yada. Then it was back to school time.  Doctors visits, shots, and medical records compiled.  504 plan created and implemented.  School supply lists completed.  Outfits coordinated.   Lunches assembled.  Drop-off zone established.  I all but turned off my phone.  And then it went in the river and died so I reactivated my old phone (I'm waiting on the iPhone to come out soon) without any of the old apps or bookmarked sites I was used to.  Around the same time, my computer crashed and I just didn't get it fixed.  Sometimes its nice to unplug.

I couldn't think of a better time to jump back into things than back to school shopping time!  I've been focused on the kids and getting them set up and now it's time to get some things for myself!  I rounded up some awesome (mostly) tops that work now and can transition when the temperature dips as well.  The best part?  Everything is UNDER $25!

Weekend Sales/Labor Day Sales
Nordstrom // Shop the SUMMER SALE

Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off Sale Items + 50% off select Full Priced Items

Etsy // Up to 60% off select items for their first ever Labor Day Sale

Intermix // Up to 80% Off All Sale Items

Sole Society // Up to 60% off

Beautycounter // free face oil of your choice with every $150 purchase

J.Crew // Extra 30% of your purchase (including sale items) Use Code: YESPLEASE

J.Crew Factory // Extra 50% off Clearance with Code: DELISH

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Marsh Paintings

August 8, 2017

There is no more peaceful view to me than the beach or the marsh.  The smell of salt air lifts my soul. The beach paintings have sold and I've started working on some water watchers like the lady above but she's the only one finished.  I do have a few Lowcountry marsh paintings available in the shop if you're interested!

wrapped canvas






11x14 wrapped canvas

If you would like to purchase a painting please email me at Juliakyleryan@gmail.com 

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Living Room Refresh

July 20, 2017

I'm sort of surprising myself with all the warm tones mixed in my typical blues and gray picks.  I'm usually only drawn to cool colors, but I'm clearly loving the contrasting mix right now.

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Blue and White for the Home

July 19, 2017

Give me ALL the blue and white and stripes.  Go figure.  I love how much Nordstrom stepped up their HOME game this year.  I found more great stuff this time than ever before.  Today I've got some gorgeous blue and white (and a bit of lilac, my new go-to color to mix in) to elevate your bedroom or bathroom on a budget.  Because it's all part of the #NSale!

When I look at my round up I swear it looks more like a mix of Serena & Lily and high end shop finds.  But the prices on these pretties will blow you away.  Talk about a LOOK FOR LESS!!

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Fall Dress Picks from the #NSale

July 17, 2017

All the pretty dresses.  I'm not sure if it's the selection right now or just me, but I had a hard time finding that many dresses I loved this time.  My roundup of tops is so much bigger.  Give me all the tops.  All of them.  Although for work I need more dresses and having a few go-to fabulous dresses to throw on in a hurry or for a last minute function is imperative.

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Fall Favorite Tops from the #NSale

Love, love, love all the feminine touches and details really elevating otherwise basic pieces.  My favorite look is a jeans and simple top, the "not trying too hard" look and these all fit the bill but take you way beyond jeans and a tee shirt.  Add a good sturdy bag, sunnies, and some comfortable shoes and you're pretty much ready for anything!

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Patagonia on Sale + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Workout Clothes

July 14, 2017

Two of the best brands to look for during the NSale are Patagonia and Zella.  And they go fast so shop those first. 

Patagonia: Women || Mens (also Vineyard Vines) || Kids 

Zella: Women || Girls


Athleisure Favorites

If I had been a mom in the 80's I totally would have rocked the swooshy zip-up sweat set with a perm.  In today's age that translates to athleisure-wear and a top knot (or typically pony tail in my case).  I think athletic wear is officially here to stay as a mainstream part of wardrobe.  And absolutely not restricted to actual working out.  As a mom with young kids, what part of your day isn't working out?  Or hitting up farmers markets and running errands or cleaning house on the weekends?  That looks pretty athletic to me.

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