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A Summer Dress in December

GET THE LOOK: Yellow Dress (similar, similar, similar)  |  Black Leather Jacket  |  Mustard Yellow Faux Fur Bag  |  Wide-Brimmed Panama Hat  |  Mustard Yellow Tassel Earrings  |  Suede Booties Texas weather — I feel like that’s all I need to say sometimes! Some days it’s 70 degrees and sunny, some days it’s 20 and sleeting. You just never know. That’s why I love keeping some of my summer wear readily available, even when it’s winter. Summer maxi dresses are EVERYTHING to me, so getting to wear them all year around is huge. Simply pair it with your favorite bomber jacket, and your set. I found that adorable clutch at Target, and my panama hat is Target as well. What do you guys think? Am I the only one who keeps their summer gear near, even when it’s chilly out? Photography Credit: Amber Tice Photography

House Update: Framing Our New Build

How in the world am I already writing about the FRAMING of our new build? I feel like it was just yesterday that we finished remodeling our reno back in Fort Worth. But nope! We’ve sold our Fort Worth home, moved to a new city, laid the foundation of our new house, and now we’re actually FRAMING the home as we speak. How does time go by so fast?? Also… I just realized my babies aren’t babies any more. Gah! Look at them! They’re so big!! In less than two weeks, we’ve seen our house go from a lot filled with dirt, to a two-story framed house. So far we’ve been really happy with our team at David Weekley. They’ve been very transparent about the building process from day one, which is I think why we’ve had such a great experience.  I spent MONTHS customizing this home before we even…

Fall Wardrobe: Changing a Look at the Drop of a Hat

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a hat girl. And I’m proud to say that my third grade school picture can prove it. I wore a massive Blossom-inspired denim hat with a cranberry colored faux floral smack dab on the front. Hats weren’t allowed in school, so I had to pack it in my backpack and wear it only for the picture. I. felt. so. cool. Fast forward a few decades and although my style has changed, my love for hats hasn’t. There were a few years in my twenties that I thought I wasn’t “stylish enough” to “pull off” a hat, but after two kids and my twenties in my past, I pretty much don’t give a crap. I like hats. So I’m going to wear hats. Lots of them, in fact! Today I’m sharing how three hats can completely change the look of one outfit. I love…

Kid Style: Transitioning From Summer to Fall

These kiddos. Man. They just kill me! They’re at such a fun age (they’re 1 and 2) and I’m just loving each and every stage we’re experiencing with them. Well, minus those lovely tantrums of course. We recently moved cities (you can read more about that here) and have been exploring our new hood over the last few weeks. The weather has been it’s normal bipolar self here in Texas, so each week has been completely different. Rain for 2 weeks straight, 80 degrees one day, then 48 the next. Just lovely! Right? Today I wanted to share a bit of my kiddos style and talk about how I’m transitioning their summer outfits into fall outfits. For Harper, I love using summer dresses for fall and simply carrying around a sweater for her in case the nights get a little chilly. I also tend to use Hudson’s summer Ts for…

Our Big Move: From the City to the Country

If you’ve been following along over the past few months, you might have noticed a few changes. Not only has my blog and branding changed (from The Blissful Bee to AmyHorany.com — pronounced hooray-knee if you’re wondering), but we’ve also made a big move for our family as well. We gave up city life to move closer to family and to build a future for our own little family. Both of us have lived in Fort Worth our entire adult lives, but I have to say, I finally feel like we’re home. We made the decision to list our Fort Worth home “for sale by owner” last spring. It was a hard decision, and it took some getting used to, but we knew it was the right choice for us. We poured our heart and soul into our Fort Worth renovation, but deep down we knew we needed to live…

Amazon Lately: Tassel Earrings

For those of you who don’t know, Amazon is AMAZING. It’s always full of surprises, and sadly, I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to it. I mean — Who doesn’t love getting a box of goodies delivered to their house on a monthly… weekly… er… daily basis? If I can order it on Amazon, I will. Even my jewelry. Though shopping at overpriced boutiques might be a fun afternoon out with the girls, I have a real hard time paying $80 for a pair of earrings that I know I can find online for $15. Heck. Maybe even $10. Especially if they’re trendy like tassel earrings. I have a feeling this look won’t be in style forever, so I really don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the designer version. I’d much rather get a few pairs in different colors and pay $15 or less for…

Recipe: Cherry Cobbler

My grandma Vessels was the most amazing cook. I still remember so many cozy childhood memories running up to grandma’s house already smelling fried chicken from the driveway. The table was always set and ready for us to eat some variety of a classic southern spread. And each time we visited, you better bet she had her cherry cobbler waiting for us to finish off the meal. Being the sweet tooth that I am, I typically nibbled on dinner to save the maximum amount of room for cobbler. I think my favorite part about this recipe, even at a young age, was that it wasn’t too tart like so many cherry cobblers and pies are. I even remember rejecting any other cherry desserts simply because no one could measure up to my grandma’s recipe. As a young girl I didn’t know why hers was so special, but as I got…

New Brand, Same Ole Me

Guess who’s been up to a new look? Yup, that’s me! I’ve been up to a lot lately, in fact. A new brand is just one of many exciting things happening over here. I won’t get too far into the details just yet, but what I will say is I’m LOVING the new brand that I’ve created for myself. For a long time, I’ve wanted to streamline the many creative adventures I’ve launched over the years. Not only have I run The Blissful Bee since 2012, but I also run my interior design business, Five 12 Main, on the side ( — when I have time, when is that by the way?? –). And if you can’t tell, I’m also a graphic designer and web developer. I design all of my branding as well as my websites. My husband and I are quite the dynamic duo if I must say so…

10 Tips for a Healthy Marriage

1. ADMIT WHEN YOU’RE WRONG. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness. Yes, I know. It’s hard to swallow that pride of yours sometimes. It’s hard for me, too. But it will show your partner that you’re able to recognize when you’re wrong, so you can both improve as a team. It will also help you look in the mirror and truly try to improve yourself. 2. GO ON DATE NIGHTS. This is one we struggle with, mainly because I’ve pretty much been pregnant for the past 2 years. But once our baby girl gets a little older and we feel comfortable leaving her with a sitter, we’re going to ramp up the date night effort. It’s so important to simply let loose every now and then without the kiddos! We love our kids more than anything, but we (our love story) happened first. It’s so important to keep that…

Client Work: Guest Room Design Board

It’s always so fun to get a client that isn’t afraid of color. A few months ago I had the pleasure of designing a guest room for a client that lives just up the road from me. She lives in an old house, has great style, and let me go crazy with color. Talk about DREAM client. She had only one request, and that was to use a piece of art that she actually created herself. I was all for it, and her art is actually what inspired my entire design. West Elm Console Table Gold Light Fixture Black and White Abstract Art Mosaic Multi-Colored Art Barn Art (Sea Foam Blue and Citrine) Mirror Side Table Pink Lumbar Pillow Citrine Pillows Black and White Pillow “X” Ottomans Shag Rug Lamps She had an existing headboard, which was a light oak color that needed to be updated just a bit. I…