European Wine Tasting with Friends

wine & everything fine | wine tasting with Vinebox
My friend Bri was in town this past weekend, and we had the best time together! Photographing outfits, at-home wine tasting and yummy snacks, making dinner for our guys, and then obsessively editing photos for hours on the floor while the boys watched baseball and football (we even pulled an extra TV into the living room for the occasion 😂).

Did you catch where I mentioned at-home wine tasting?? It was glorious. 

Charcuterie board + wine tasting
Vinebox - European wine by the glass
Tasting European wines at home
Trey and I absolutely love trying new wines together, and learning about them as well, so I was so excited to partner with Vinebox for this post. Once it was planned for Bri and Matt to hangout with us on Saturday, I knew it would be fun to try some new wines all together and to snack on some charcuterie board goodness. We don't entertain super often, so I was jusstttt a bit excited.

Vinebox is an amazing subscription service that sends you three incredible glasses of wine from small European vineyards each month. You can even take a quiz to help determine your wine preferences (anyone else obsessed with little quizzes??). These are high-end, uncommon European wines that you get to try while cozy on the couch or on a picnic no matter where you live. For me it's a little taste of Europe all the way in Small Town, Missouri. Pretty dreamy, yes?

We were all big fans of the packaging, and with the little cards that accompany each glass of wine. Each card has a witty quote, information about the grapes used, the flavor profiles of the wine, what to pair it with, and more. My favorite descriptor? "Fruit forward AF" describing the Nero D'Avola from a vineyard in Sicily. 

Also, you know I love some good branding, and Vinebox has nailed that. Their website and packaging are so chic! I'm a fan on all fronts.     

charcuterie board for some wine tasting
Trying out subscription wine delivery Vinebox
Tee  |  Jeans (the 'taylor')  |  Serving Board  
(pillows & curtains are from Target, couch is from Macy's, and our coffee table is from Amazon)

We had so much fun sampling different wines and learning about where they came from, and there wasn't a wine we didn't love. 

Vinebox is fun to enjoy on your own, or with your s/o or wine-loving best friend. I also think it would be a lovely and unconventional birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift! Please let me know what you think if you try it out! xx

Thank you so much to Vinebox for partnering on this post. I truly enjoy this subscription service and appreciate your support of Love, Lenore and the brands I choose to partner with from time to time. xx

Rambling About My Favorite Show, Etc.

bell sleeve sweater
fall outfit with a bell sleeve sweater
I'm catching up on Grey's Anatomy as I'm putting this post together and sobbing my eyes out. In all 13+ seasons there are probably like 4 episodes I haven't at least teared up in 🙈 I think it's the most incredible show and I'm always so happy Trey loves it too so at least he's next to me when I'm crying. It's the best! Even though it makes me a weepy mess :)

Anyways, back on topic... here's one of my current favorite outfits that I photographed with my friend Bri this weekend! 

fall outfit: bell sleeve sweater tucked into high waisted jeans
high-waisted cropped jeans
Sweater  |  Jeans (the "taylor")  |  Ankle Boots  |  Hat  |  Belt

I've been finding amazing fall pieces at Shopbop lately! I love this bell sleeve sweater. I don't usually like fitted tops and sweaters, but love that this can easily be tucked in to all of my high-waisted jeans and skirts. Speaking of high-waisted jeans, AGOLDE gets it! I can't tell you the number of "high-waisted" jeans I've tried on that don't come anywhere close on this long-torso'd girl, but AGOLDE offers a lot of jeans with 11+ inch rises! I now have two pairs of their shorts and two pairs of their jeans, so I'm thinking they're becoming my go-to denim brand.

I also wanted to share that you can get 15% off full priced items when you purchase through the Shopbop app for the first time! Just use code APP15 at checkout :)

How I Balance A Full-Time Job + 2 Side Hustles

cute fall outfit
cropped sweater, denim mini skirt
I encounter two things when people find out that I work full time and have two different side hustles... People either ask how in the heck I juggle it all, or have absolutely no idea how much time goes into blogging and photography/photo editing. While the latter is definitely something I like to bring awareness to and talk about (good photos and content take a lot of work!), today I want to talk about balancing it all while still having a healthy marriage, eating healthy and working out, and having some downtime too.

PS - you can read about what I do for my full-time job here

how to wear a denim skirt this fall
denim mini skirt for fall
I schedule every single day out and often plan weeks ahead. When I run home to let the dogs out and eat lunch, often times I'm taking photos for a beauty or favorites post, posting Instagram stories, and packing up clothes for a shoot and/or workout class. Evenings after work (my full time job) and weekend afternoons are spent photographing clients, or taking outfit photos. The evenings I have meetings for my full time gig definitely make certain weeks harder. I try to meal plan every weekend and buy all the groceries I need for the week. I also put workout classes on my Google calendar and treat them like appointments. At night after dinner, a workout, and shower I'm usually editing photos, writing a blog post, answering emails, and engaging on social media. Trey and I love to schedule a dinner out or a relaxed night of takeout at home, and love going to sporting events together too. We make sure we fit in together time.

Basically, time management and motivation are key! Some days I kill it, and other days are a little disastrous, but I do my best and am always trying to get better at it!

Now... I'm not hustling 100% every day. I definitely take evenings off to just de-stress and spend time with Trey. Sometimes I'm so worn out that all I want to do is put down my phone and computer and just snuggle up to watch a tv show and go to bed before 11 or 12. 

cropped sweater, denim mini, hat + ankle boots
snakeskin ankle boots
Other things that help...

Trey works a lot too 
Trey works full time as well (as the ISS teacher at our local high school) but also coaches football and basketball. He's not coaching as many hours as he used to, but he is definitely busy with practices until dinner most nights and when he has games they're late nights for him.

We have our own things
We make sure to spend time together every single day and love nothing more than doing things together, but we also have our own things. And I personally feel that's really healthy. For fun, Trey loves to ride trails on his bike, and play basketball and video games. I use "my time" to shoot blog posts, do photoshoots, go to workout classes, and read or catch up on blogs/social media. 

I multitask constantly
If we are watching TV together, a lot of times Trey is playing a video game and I'm editing photos, putting together a blog post, or engaging with others on social media. While we definitely set aside time where we put our devices away and just hangout (dinner dates and Game of Thrones for example 😉), we are almost always multitasking. Because I have so much to do at all times, I rarely feel like I can totally veg and watch TV. Doing blog or photography work keeps me caught up and keeps me from feeling guilty that I'm even sitting in the first place.

My calendars
Between meetings and events for my full time job, photo clients, and blog collaborations, my Google calendar and planner are LIFE! I wouldn't be able to keep my life straight without them. I us a planner and it's absolutely amazing!

baker boy cap, chunky sweater
Sweater  |  Skirt  |  Ankle Boots (more sizes here) |  Hat

Sometimes I do get really behind... I'll admit that over the past couple of months my blog posts have been a lower priority, and the current state of my inbox definitely reflects that. Lately I've been choosing sleep, and I feel really guilty about that, but I was getting so worn down and needed to average more than 5 hours of sleep a night.

My house is also a wreck [more than] half the time. I do my best to pick up a bit each night and to clean like a mad woman on the weekends, but I'll admit it's hard to keep up with everything with so much going on!  

But overall, the hustle is so worth it right now! I know that we can keep pursuing our dreams when we have kids, but that it will be a lot harder. Thinking about the added expenses and adding in daycare drop-off and pickup and all of the other time is pretty overwhelming to me. I don't know how we'll fit it all in, but we'll take that road when we get there, and that will all be worth it too :) But for now, I'm focused on growing my 3 career paths, saving money and investing in our home, and most importantly, investing our marriage and getting in all the quality time with Trey that I can 💛

I hope you enjoyed today's post! I let it get a little long, and it's probably not as organized as it could be, but that's a side effect from being so busy...I'm pretty scatterbrained all the time 😜  I officially launched my photography business only a couple of months ago, but you can check out some of my photos here! Photography has really become a passion of mine and I can't wait to see where it (and my other hustles) leads me in the future. 

Love you all! xx  

Big Beauty Product Review

I realized the other day how many beauty products I've accumulated, both through some amazing gifts and through my own purchases. I thought I would try a new type of post where I review and share several products at one time. I actually had a lot more I wanted to share, but I didn't want this to get too long. If you guys like this post, I could plan to do one every few months as I try out additional products!

Love, Lenore - favorite skincare products
Origins Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb (c/o)
I started using this the morning after I received it because the words "matte moisturizer" got me all kinds of excited. I battle the classic combination skin - dry in some areas and oily in others (why, oh why, is my nose so shiny?!). I always want to moisturize my skin, but often times that process makes me too oily under my makeup. This is a really lightweight and refreshing formula that definitely keeps the shine-factor down. I'm a fan!

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer (c/o)
I'd been wanting to try Dermalogica products ever since their episode on the How I Built This podcast, and this is the first one I've tried. This is a lovely primer formula that really does "blur" and smooth out the skin (it's pretty amazing how it smoothes out pores). It makes blending in your foundation really easy too. I just wish it had some SPF... 

great product for messy, beachy hair
ArtNaturals Sea Salt Spray (c/o) 
This is such a handy product to use when you're doing the messy, air-dried look or want to add more texture to your hair. This spray has lots of hair-healthy ingredients, and is paraben free and cruelty free. It also smells so yummy! 👌

affordable skincare line of masks, serums and moisturizers
Advanced Clinicals Skincare
Advanced Clinicals is an affordable skincare brand that was so kind to send over products for me to try! Their stuff is really really good! Annnddd, you can use code LENORE30 for 30% off when ordering from their Amazon shop.

Rose Hip Anti-Aging Body Oil
I love this product so much that I'm talking about it in a second blog post. It's always weirded me out to put an oil on my body, but this one has been a game-changer for me. Not only is the smell so light and pleasant, but this is super lightweight yet moisturizing. I don't feel greasy at all - my skin just feels soft and nourished.

Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum
I've used this nightly for 2+ months now and it gives my skin some serious glow! I also love that it's lightweight and not greasy.

Hyaluranic Serum - Instant Skin Hydrator
I love to add a few drops of this serum to the vitamin c serum above when my skin needs a little bit of extra moisture!

Vitamin C Brightening Sheet Masks
I LOVE trying new masks, and especially sheet masks! This one is really good, and the price point is great too. I definitely notice brighter, more glowing skin after I use this! The only downside is that it leaves my skin a bit sticky afterwards, but the upsides are worth it in my opinion! 

great sheet mask by Korean skincare brand MediHeal
MediHeal Vita Lightbeam Sheet Mask
I discovered Korean skincare brand MediHeal through one of my all-time favorite bloggers/vloggers Aimee Song. I was so excited to find their masks on Amazon after watching a video of her visit to a Korean beauty store. MediHeal makes tons of different sheet masks, and you absolutely cannot beat the prices! I plan to try more in the future, but in the meantime I absolutely love this one! It makes your skin so smooth and glowy.

Love, Lenore - favorite skincare products
Alana Mitchell Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream (c/o)
I talked a lot about Alana Mitchell's skincare line in this post, but wanted to specifically call out her peptide eye cream! My esthetician told me that peptides are the only thing that will help the appearance of dark circles, and I should have listened to her sooner. My undereyes are noticeably brighter in the mornings after I use this, and I've found myself using less concealer too. This is a product I definitely foresee myself purchasing once I run out, but a few months in and my little bottle is still going strong because a little goes a long way! (PS - if you sign up for the newsletters on the website there are regularly 15% and 25% off sales site-wide 👍).

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (c/o)
This is a really nice cleanser to have on hand or pick up at the drugstore if you're looking for a simple, affordable cleanser! It's great for both sensitive skin and oily skin, and I've been using it in the mornings since it's a lightweight cleanser. 

Juice Organics natural shampoo and conditioner
Juice Organics Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner (c/o)
Since I color my hair platinum blonde and regularly use purple shampoo and styling tools on my hair, this smoothing shampoo and conditioner have found their way into my regular rotation. They definitely smooth out frizz and dryness, and make my hair feel so good! I also love that this brand makes products without parabens, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, and more, so their stuff really is healthy for your hair and lifestyle.

Please let me know if this type of post is something you'd like to see more of in the future! xx

Fall Style Cravings

Fall 2017 fashion trends/wish list

Guys, can we just talk about how good the fashion scene is right now?? There are periods of time where I'm not super into anything, but this is not one of those times. I just love what's in style and what's in stores right now! As I talked about in yesterday's post, I want to have more fun with fashion from here on out! I tend to play it safe (partly to be practical, and partly because of where I live), but I want to just go for it and wear all of the unique pieces I always have my eye on. 

Here are a few trends/style concepts I'm diggin' at the moment...

Old-School Menswear Inspired
I know it's crazy, but your grandpa's plaid and little caps are back! As are loafers. I love these plaid blazers here and here, I wear these loafer mules constantly and found a cheaper look-a-like here, and am all about the captain's hat trend.

I always love a good embellished piece to add some texture and "umph" to an outfit, and there are some beautiful options out right now. I love these pearl-embellished sweaters here and here, these embroidered culottes, these trousers, and this bag.

Millennial Pink
I'm happy to see that the various shades of millennial pink aren't going anywhere this fall. I think they'll be beautiful into the winter months as well. I'm in love with this hat, this cardigan, this suede bag, and these gorgeous ankle boots.

What trends and styles are getting you excited about fall fashion this year??