Yesterday I was admiring how pretty my peonies were. I love peonies, they smell heavenly, and they have the most amazing huge blooms. They have to rank close to the top as my favorite flower of all time, but there are a few things that I don’t like about them. Ants! Peonies always have ants all over them. I have heard, but never bothered to check to make sure that it was true, that peonies need ants to bloom. I heard that the ants pick at the flower buds and that they help to get the flower to bloom. Maybe you know the answer, but all that I know is, it is tough to cut a bouquet and bring them in the house without having ants hitching a ride. ?????
The other thing that I don’t like about peonies is the short blooming time. They only bloom for about a week, maybe two weeks if you are fortunate. But, I swear that every year when they are in their full glory, the rains start. It never fails to downpour when the flowers start blooming, and their petals all fall off, or they lay over on the ground. Thankfully, I at least grabbed a photo of them yesterday in full bloom. When I woke up this morning, I heard the rain beating down, and immediately thought about my peonies. Lol! Here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy.
Be sure to tell me what your favorite flower is and why you love it.
How many of you follow me on Instagram? If you do, then you might have seen me wearing this top on Instastories. I went on stories to tell everyone about the giveaway that I am doing on Instagram. Each week I’ll be giving away a new item, and this week the item is Lilly Pulitzer sunglasses. To enter to win the sunglasses, you need to follow me on Instagram (HERE) and like all of my daily photos for the week, and also leave a comment each day. That is it, and then I’ll announce a winner each Monday. Next week I’ll be giving away the Zanzibar hoop earrings that I wore (HERE), so make sure that you are following me on Instagram.
Wait, I have on the Zanzibar hoop earrings right now. Lol! I thought that I had on a pair of Kendra Scott earrings until I looked closer. Haha! These are a great size to get you noticed, but they aren’t huge. They also have a small amount of crystals on them that give off sparkles so that people will look at your face. HERE is the link to the earrings. The Reid necklace is my newest piece of jewelry. I love the longer style of the necklace and the large ivory mother of pearl pendant. Also, I just saw that it is on sale 20% off, so now is a great time to indulge in some retail therapy. HERE is the link to the necklace. And, my last jewelry addition is my Fallyn cuff bracelet. I wear this bracelet ALL THE TIME, and it is also on sale!!! HERE is the link to that too.
I bet that most of you have already guessed that my top is from Lilly Pulitzer. The gorgeous color and print are a dead giveaway that it is a Lilly item. The Nevie off the shoulder top is so pretty that I fell in love with it the moment that I saw it. But, the real seller for me was that it has straps on the inside of the top that hold the sleeves in place. When you raise your arms, the off the shoulder look stays in place!!! I will admit that this is on the top end of what I will spend for a top, but I know that I’ll be able to wear this for years and it makes me feel pretty. I am wearing a medium in the top, and it fits me great. The top comes in one more color, so be sure to check them both out. HERE is the link to the Nevie top.
I originally ordered this top to wear with shorts, but since the weather isn’t cooperating, I decided that I would wear the top with my new white straight crop jeans. These are from Ann Taylor factory, and this was the first time that I had ordered from the store. I will say that the shipping has been slow. I ordered about six items, and this is the only thing that I’ve gotten yet. My mother mentioned that Old Navy was also slow shipping, so consider that if you have someplace that you need to wear it to. I ordered my regular size 10, and the jeans fit me great. They are nice, and the pockets don’t show through, which is the first thing that I check when it comes to white pants. Also, these are super cheap, but they are also limited on sizes. HERE is the link to these jeans, and I’ll try to link to a couple of others just in case your size is sold out.
Did you notice my new doormat??? I ordered this a couple of weeks ago, and it finally came yesterday. I am thrilled with how nice it looks, but it is so thick that I have stubbed my toe several times, taking photos. Lol! It will take me a while to get used to how thick the mat is. The store is having a 20% off sitewide sale, so if you would like something to spruce up your outdoor space, this would be the time to buy. HERE is the link to the mat, and I bought the 48″ version.
I know that I just got finished celebrating my birthday, but it is time for me to start celebrating again! My Rodanniversary is the 23rd, and I am celebrating FOUR years with Rodan + Fields. You know that when I celebrate – YOU get the rewards. SO, I am going to have a Facebook event that I created, and you can join the event by clicking HERE and request to be added. I won’t be posting anything until the 23rd, but I wanted to give everyone a chance to get into the group before I started posting. Once you are in the group, tell me something about yourself. Where you live or what you do, work, retired, etc. Sharing would be nice also, so be sure to invite all of your friends to this group!
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