Fall Backyard Refresh - Ashley Brooke - v

Fall Refresh

We’ve been joking that here in Florida we don’t do Spring Cleaning, we do Fall Cleaning. After making it through the brutal heat of Summer everyone starts to feel alive again mid-October with new energy and excitement to be outside!! 

This past weekend we decided it was finally time to replace all of the plants the Summer heat had fried and we REALLY went to town. But truthfully, we’ve spent they past couple of weeks cleaning up the backyard, clearing it out, and prepping all the pots and planters for new flowers… and this weekend we finally replaced everything, and it’s GORGEOUS. 

I can’t wait to show you more, but for now… how cute is Dolly in the middle of our flower explosion!? She had the best weekend running around the back yard with us! I think it’s safe to say that we all come alive when it drops below 90!


5 Things I'm Loving

Draper James Robe

I received this robe during my trip to Charleston last week with Draper James, and I am obsessed with it. I feel like I practically live in it now. SO comfortable and cute. 

Also, I think it would make a fantastic gift!

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The Best $8 Rope Basket

A few weeks ago I picked up this shallow rope basket thinking I’d use it to store Dolly’s ever growing toy collection, but when I brought it home I realized that a) it was too small, and b) it would make the perfect casserole tote! 

I now use this thing at least once a week when I’m bringing dish somewhere and I seriously love it! So easy to transport casserole dishes and keeps everything steady in the car. SUCH a good find.

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Knot Earrings (Under $25)

“Where are those gold knot earrings from?!” is one of my most frequently asked questions and one I’m always so excited to answer because the answer is just so good! They are from Macy’s and under $25! I wear them almost daily. 

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Eyeshadow Base/Primer

Last week during the Draper James photoshoot I had my hair and make up professionally done, which is always such a treat. I learn something new each time! 

This go around I was introduced to the NARS eyeshadow base/primer and by the end of the first shoot, I was a believer. My eye make up never budged, even with the humidity and bright lights. I ordered it on the spot.

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Cat-Eye Sunnies (under $25!)

I go through phases with sunglasses. I like them, and then I don’t… I couldn’t tell you why, I’m just weird like that.

But I’m currently in a sunglass phase and have been wearing them non-stop. And lately I’ve been eyeing this pair.  I can’t get over how cute and retro they are! They might have to jump into my shopping cart very soon. 😉 

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  1. Omg, you’re so right about plants getting fried. Half of my herb garden had to be torn up last weekend because they looked so dreadful. Need to head over to the Winter Park farmer’s market for some new things 🙂

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  2. I love all the flowers! What a beautiful picture! Here in CT I still have some of my summer flowers blooming! I see myself sitting right next to Dolly while petting her and hoping she jumps in my lap.
    Here in CT some of my flowers are still blooming. I’ve added fall mums and black-eyed susans and they all look great. How long will your flowers last? Usually by November mine should be done.

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