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Alyson’s Obsessions // March 2017

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It’s Alyson’s Obsessions, March 2017 style! I can’t believe we’re officially into Spring. I say I can’t believe it because while Florida is again experiencing 80 degree weather, I saw snow last week in Nashville (insane!) and I know many of you are braving the storm to the north. Hope you’ll feel sunshine and warmth very soon.

As for this month, again, in true fashion, here’s a random assortment of things I’m loving this month, from beauty and style to new reads, and more.


The Year of Yes // hat to Eat, See & Do in Nashville

Year of Yes: I’m nearly finished with this book and it’s like it’s speaking to me. Written by TV writer, Shonda Rhimes’ (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder), she decides to say yes to everything for a year after realizing she’s no’ing her life away. An excellent, quick and insightful read. I honestly might read it again to take notes or at least make post-it notes from a few of her best remarks related to career, motherhood, friendships and life in general.

Chloe Espadrilles -- get the look for less! // the mdoern savvy

Scalloped Espadrilles: found, your spring/summer shoe! Fully obsessed with this designer look-a-like (seriously, check these out)… actually moreso than the original… the slight platform is perfect! I saw these on Instagram and had a DSW gift card so felt compelled to order. I’m such a flats girl, even more than sandals, so I loved the closed-toe springy vibe of these in that peachy hue… though the black pair is equally as cute! Sizing tip: if you’re between sizes, go down. I’m between 8.5-9 and the 9s were a little too big.

Great book for kids' to teach empathy and feelings // the modern savvy

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? This book was referred to us a few years ago by our daughter’s now former early childhood school director. I LOVE the message, about how you can fill people’s invisible buckets when you say and do kind things, and how you empty other people’s buckets (and your own) when you do and say mean things. It makes talking about feelings really tangible. I still tell Sarah how her kindness filled my bucket, or that of someone else’s. The book has been in Evan’s little bookshelf/library and he now asks us to read it to him nightly. One of our favorites!


Target’s current BOGO sale! Seriously… there’s a BOGO 50% off sale happening on all women’s and girls’ dresses, handbags, wallets and jewelry (including the BaubleBar collection!). Check the scroll bar above for my favorite items from the sale.


Why Social Media Makes us depressed

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life. The article speaks to me. In fact, I feel like I wrote it, or could have written it, or might have previously written something just like that. Social media creates such a need to document and share moments, from the everyday to the most special. If we don’t share on social, did it really happen? I’m actually posting a lot less content on my personal Facebook and love it for so many reasons… this article on The Everygirl pretty much sums them all up.

Floral Dress for spring // the modern savvy

The perfect spring maxi! I was recently in Nordstrom recently browsing through the dresses — we have two weddings and a ton of random events this spring — so I casually took this floral maxi in the fitting room for fun. Ah, I’m so in love. I didn’t purchase it because it doesn’t fit my current needs (#priorities #budget), however if you’re on the hunt for a beautiful dress for a spring wedding, a chic baby or bridal shower or going on “spring break,” I love the idea of having a dress like this in your closet to pull from. I find it runs true to size (I’m wearing a 2), likely doesn’t require a bra (the halter holds you in and up) and would look fab with a statement earring and wedge. This print is also gorgeous, as is this for $55 and this for under $50 (I have this dress in another print from a few seasons back — it’s as good as the reviews say!).


PS… are the confetti donut holes the most genius idea ever? Pick up a few dozen donut holes, stick them with a lollipop stick, add glaze and then dip in sprinkles? See them here

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    March 22, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    The leggings you’re wearing in your first photo with the “Year of Yes” look soo cozy and comfy! I’m always on the hunt for great leggings, especially any with heathered gray….please tell us where they’re from!!

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      March 22, 2017 at 8:57 PM

      Haha, love a good grey legging! These are Forever21 and they’re SOO comfy. Mine are from last year but just looked and they have so many good, similar versions: http://bit.ly/2nEnY81.

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    March 22, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Just bought the scalloped espadrilles today. They caught my eye the last time I was in DSW. I think they’ll go with so much in the coming months. And thanks for the sizing advice.

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      March 22, 2017 at 9:16 PM

      Happy to help, Amy, and hope you love them!! You’ll definitely get a ton of use from them this season.

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    March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Those espadrilles really are perfect!
    Lately I’ve been trying to stay off social media during the weekends. It’s more relaxing that way!

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    March 21, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Those scalloped espadrilles are everything! I’m also about to go read that article on social media. Great roundup!


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    March 21, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    Hi Alyson, I’m always looking for a good book. Thanks for the recommendation. ” Year of Yes” sounds like it could be a cute movie too! I think we all should read that children’s book. Such a great way to visualize how our words and actions effect other’s. I’ve been eyeing those espadrille’s at DSW too!! But, can’t decide between them and the Steve Madden wedges. Have a great day!!!

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      March 22, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      Hope you love Year of Yes if you wind up reading… I’m SO into it (as you can tell!) 😉 And, are you more of a flats girl or more of a wedges girl? Day to day I’d likely wear the scalloped more but that’s more me. Either way, they’ll be a versatile spring/summer option!

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    March 21, 2017 at 6:09 AM

    Loved reading that article – it was spot on! Also obsessing over the scalloped espadrilles – hoping you’ll share a review soon!!


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      March 22, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      I’ve heard from a few readers how comfy they are — and they’re seriously SO cute!

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