July Recap

A July recap including items purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary {and those outside of the sale}, where we went, recipes tried, & more! 

July Recap // Summer Bouquet // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

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Clothing Purchased:
Patterned Pajama Set
Brown Woven Slides {50% off, come in black too

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases
Blue Suede Pumps {jury is still out on these, what’s your vote?}
White Sneakers {new favorite pair
Grey Suede Sneakers 
Bumble Bee Mules 
Ripped Boyfriend Jeans {size down two sizes
Basic White Tee 

Home Items Purchased:
Large Pink and White Vase via HomeGoods similar here
Wood + Metal Bar Stools via HomeGoods similar here 

Where I Went: This was a busy, busy month. With lots to do here in Charlotte so our trips were minimal. Joshua also traveled a few times this month for work. Which always has us wanting to stay home and be with family + friends. 

We did spend Fourth of July weekend up at my in-laws house on Lake Norman. We spent our days soaking in the rays, water skiing, and wake boarding. I really need to get some videos of Joshua wake boarding. It makes my heart beat fast just thinking about, he’s such a stud out there! 

Today we are currently in St. Simons Island where we’ve been since Saturday, previous to that we were in Savannah for a little over 24 hours. We were so excited for this four day getaway and time together! And it has been the BEST! I also cannot wait to share all about our trip – stay tuned for a travel guide, travel style, travel eats, and more.

What Movies Watched:
The Zookeeper’s Wife – This movie was incredible. Not for the faint of heart though. While I know things were way worse, I do feel this movie paints a very real picture. I was left heartbroken several times throughout the movie. However, I would recommend it. The acting is amazing and the story is a very strong one. 

Recipes Tried:
Mini Blueberry Hand Pies – I made these for Fourth of July and they were a HUGE hit! Very quick and easy to make. I would definitely recommend these if you’re bringing a dessert to a summer party. 
The BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – I know I’ve shared this recipe before but they seriously are the BEST. So addicting and sinful. Everything you want in a cookie ha. 

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month on Louella Reese:
Readers Favorite –  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fitting Room Session
My Favorite – Area Trend // Five Bloggers, Five Ways – I am obsessed with this outfit. I have found myself reaching for it more times then not. Plus I love seeing how the four other bloggers style the trend we pick!   

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month:
Mexican Mule Recipe – My Style Vita 
Things to Focus on When Setting Career Goals – Pink Champagne Problems
Chicago Travel Guide – Glitter and Gingham
Blue & White in Nice, France – Gal Meets Glam
Bikes & Boy Approved $20 Dress – Pearls & Twirls 

Favorite Song of the Month:
When It Rains It Pours – Luke Combs 

The Knockoff – okay this is embarrassing but I am still reading. I am almost done! I promise by next month I will be done and able to share a review. 
5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy – I read this every morning to start my day. I seriously could not say enough about this book. If I were to recommend ways to kick your day off on the right foot, this would be my top recommendation! 

TV Shows Watched/Watching: I have finished Brothers & Sisters and absolutely hate it. I did not want the series to end. I want to know what happens to Justin, does Kitty have the baby, what happens? Sadly, I have moved on though. I am now watching Parenthood. While I really like it, the Bravermans just don’t hold a candle to the Walkers. I’m still on season one so we’ll see how I feel as I progress. Besides that, Joshua and I watch Nashville. Does anyone else think Scarlett is SO annoying? I just can’t with her anymore. 

Take a look back at my recaps from June, May, and April


  1. Shelby Back
    July 31, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    thanks so much for including me in this amazing roundup! I loved reading and now I am dying to make those oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!


    • August 1, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Of course lady! You know you’re always one of my favorites. They’re SO good but very addictive so be careful haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. July 31, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I wish I could enjoy the same too… been planning for so long

  3. July 31, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I’m still preparing myself to watch the zookeepers wife… Every time I sit down to watch it I end up watching something else. Maybe I’ll give it a try in August! 🙂 And yes, Scarlett is a bit annoying right now, plus I don’t think they don’t enough music this season!

    Jessica | The Way to my Hart

    • August 1, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Ah I totally understand that. The movie is a commitment and I feel like you need to be the right mood to watch it. Definitely let me know what you think after you watch it. I completely agree with you about the music on Nashville. I hope they step it up!

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. July 31, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Love love love your recap my friend! Can’t believe it’s already August!
    Thanks for including me too!

    xx Dana

    • August 1, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Thank you gal! I cannot believe it either. It’s SO crazy. Time is flying. Of course gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. jessica
    August 1, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Okay one, your flowers are gorgeous (and photo came out way better than mine), two, I vote no on the mary janes, and three, thanks for including my Mexican Mule. It’s my FAVORITE cocktail!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    • August 1, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Ah thank you gal! The husband really knocked it out of the park with that pic. Thank you for the vote on the Mary Janes, I ended up going with that way. And, of course! It was brilliant and delicious.

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. Nataly
    August 1, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful month! I can’t believe we are already to August!

    • August 1, 2017 / 9:12 am

      It definitely was! Looking forward to August though too. Can’t believe it either though!

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. Danielle
    August 1, 2017 / 9:53 am

    What a fun idea for a post! Love this…and also love Parenthood 🙂

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  8. August 1, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Your fourth of July trip sounded amazing! Lake time, BBQ, family — what more could you want?

    • August 1, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks gal! Definitely agree with you. Those three make for the ultimate Fourth of July. Hope you had a great one as well!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. August 1, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    You’ve had such a busy and productive month! I have never been to Lake Norman but it is high on my list. So great to see you in Savannah!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • August 1, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Very much so! You should come one weekend and stay with us. That would be SO much fun!! Great seeing you too lady.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • August 2, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Thanks gal! I cannot wait to start wearing them. Oh it’s really good. You’re so welcome.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • August 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Yay! Let me know what you think of the cookies. I literally could not be more obsessed.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • August 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Of course gal!! And thank you, it really was a blast. Yes, for sure!! They are all so tasty.

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. August 2, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Ok I just love that you do this! Great that you include other bloggers as well!!

  11. Nina
    August 2, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Looks like a great month!

  12. Mary Powers
    August 2, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Sounds like it was a great month!! Such a fun post idea. I love Parenthood. Except I cried every dang episode!

    – Mary

  13. Anna English
    August 3, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Love what you scooped up from the NSALE!

  14. August 3, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    You got so many shoes from the Nordstrom sale… I love shoes too!!
    And need to watch the Zookeper’s wife movie!!

    • August 3, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Yes ma’am! I could not pass them up. Shoe hoarder over here haha. Yes! Let me know what you think of it.

      xo Laura Leigh

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