mood board | october edition

i am pretty sure you all know how much i love a fun mood board by now... here is the one i created for the month of october, my second favorite month of the year. december is my most favorite of all... give me glitter + vintage christmas decor (and music, and cookies, and magic!) but i love this month. hope yours is going well and hope you enjoy my inspirations.

what about you? 
what months are your top two? 
...and what do you love most on my board...

and a very 'happy birthday' to my dear friend anna
who supports everything in my life
with her whole heart
(including reading this blog almost every day!)
she's more like a sister to me
and her laugh brightens my soul
enjoy your special day, love
you are one of my favorite people in life
and i am so thankful for you.

a grateful heart | a mountain weekend

we went away this weekend to the mountains of north carolina | right outside of boone and blowing rock. it was relaxing, beautiful, and much needed. after launching my new business and putting in twelve-fourteen hour days, this was just what i needed. i have so, so much i want to share with you all soon but today i thought i would share some things from the heart + a few weekend snapshots. 
a grateful heart 

+ the friendly people up in the mountains of north carolina (this state is breathtakingly beautiful)
+ the gorgeous colors of fall
+ the crackling of a warm fireplace 
+ persian rugs 
+ new belgium pumpkick brews (my favorite of the season i think)
+ football saturdays... and sitting next to a wisconsin badger, my brother-in-law, on saturday night (i had fun chatting and watching together) what a game!!!
+ all of the cute things that kids say 
+ road trips with my little family
+ lately, i feel like i have been wrapped up in the wings and grace of the holy spirit - and that is the best feeling. i am so thankful for so much love, support, and answered prayers lately.
+ pumpkin donuts + warm biscuits 
+ walks with baby boy 
+ forever friends 
+ light gray nail polish 
+ celebrating nine months with parks on the 15th (an update coming soon) but life has never been sweeter
our view 
this outfit!! 
the cabin was just incredible

dear seventeen... four words

i recently saw this idea and wanted to ask my lovely readers. 

i found it so powerful. 

if you could tell your seventeen year old self four words, what would they be? 

i plan to share your answers + mine soon
(message me if you want it to be anonymous!) 
wishing you a lovely weekend
i have a friend who is traveling almost two hours to help me today with my business + a pop-up shop tomorrow for our fundraiser. she offered- to come help, not me. i mean, how lucky am i? and how sweet is she? she's a childhood friend and has been with me every step of the way- always so loving.
ps: charlotte friends- check this out and come support breast cancer research
let me know if you have any questions

it's here! the shop is opening soon

hi! i miss you all and hope your week is going well. it's been a week since i launched my new business to the world and i have been overwhelmed- in a good way. so much love and support from the people in my life. i plan to be back on here regularly very soon but the travels (loved spending time with my people) and the start of this business (and baby parks, of course) have taken most of my time this week. all last weekend at our hometown oktoberfest, i heard constant sweet comments and well wishes. it really meant so much to me- more than most people will ever realize. parks and i drove back to charlotte on tuesday and picked up my initial inventory yesterday morning. we then spent about eleven hours unpacking, labeling, organizing and hanging some super cute clothes. they are all so soft and offer so many possibilities. one of the many things i adore about lularoe. reflecting today... i am thankful for such genuine people in my life and most of all, for this chance to be able to be with parks- my little assistant. do i not have the cutest helper and stylist? 

join me next tuesday, october 11 at 7:30pm est online as i launch my shop! 
(all who join by sunday, october 16, will have the chance to win $100 lulacash!)  
how adorable are these prints? 

florals, birds, stripes, polka dots, solids, aztec and more!

always here if you have any questions? 
lastly, fawn + linen will have style ideas coming soon

a new blog + a new business

the day is here!!! this is something i have been dreaming about for a very long time. and it's here! the truth is, i have a dream of opening up my own space or business someday; hopefully once my kids are in school full-time. many of you know this. my hopes are that this opportunity gives me the ability to get business experience/knowledge while being able to support my family and do something i feel passionate about- being with my son + sharing my love for cute clothes. i am really looking forward to providing them to other people. last summer, before school was about to begin, i witnessed my first, of many, lularoe parties online and it was love at first sight. i told my husband last fall, 'i want to do this...!' as i watched a stay-at-home mom post the most beautiful pieces and i was so intrigued. and my love has only grown over the last year. i have been following some very inspirational girls on the west coast for about a year now and as summer came to a close, i officially decided to join. yay! the clothes are very comfortable, so cute, and i just love the mission of the company, which is to support your family and always give to others. all consultants have different inventory and the focus is not about getting people to join under you, which i really love, instead, it's about collaborating with one another- not competing.  

i plan to share more on here from time to time, but decided to launch a new space for my journey. i plan to share mom + baby styles on my new blog, fawn + linen. i also plan to collaborate with others and share outfit ideas (not as a professional fashion blogger but more as the 'girl next door' type). i hope you will follow along... and know i am always here to help. my goal is to make women feel confident and beautiful. 

'simply love' will remain my lifestyle blog where i share everyday snapshots, gatherings, writings from the heart, travels, home decor, motherhood, etc. i plan to share more information over the next few days on fawn + linen, along with a few giveaways so please go check it out. i posted an 'inspiration board' for the new space today + information about a giveaway (worth $100!). tomorrow, i plan to share more on fawn + linen about lularoe and why i love it so much. (+ another giveaway!)

my facebook page: lularoe | janelle monaco 
instagram: fawnlinen 
have you heard of lularoe?

...if so, what's your favorite style?...

my favorites are the amelia dress, lucy skirt, sarah duster cardigan, ana dress, and carly dress. 
(of of course, the butter soft leggings!) 

a special 'thank you' and love to these woman who have inspired/help me in the most unbelievable ways already- you are all inspirations to me. 

(go check them out for some cute fall styles!) 
lastly, to my family, friends, and readers:
thank you in advance for any prayers you can send my way 
i am so excited and appreciate any support/love you all send
i will keep you all posted on my initial inventory 
it should be here soon
(i never want my family/friends to feel obligated to buy, but i also want them to know that i am always here. ps: if you live in charlotte, feel free to stop over and shop whenever you wish!) 
i have been blown away by the support already and appreciate it so much
i plan to host both online and at local pop-up shops
and am always here
here's to a new journey 
in this one life.

i am participating in the blogtember challenge with bailey jean this month
(today's prompt was to share five of our blogging besties... so i shared some of my future blog/business besties! )