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Wow–it has been less than week since Cozy Fall began, but the #CozyFallYall hashtag on Instagram already looks amazing! We’re excited that y’all are as ready as we are to not only pull out your scarves and boots, decorate for fall, and sip pumpkin spice lattes, but also to slow down after a busy summer and simplify life in order to focus on what matters most. Keep sharing your simple joys of the season this weekend–our giveaway series kicks off next week, and we have so many fun things to share with y’all!

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In case you missed it this week…

Welcome to Cozy Fall, our fall campaign to help us focus on what matters most!
Emily shared her favorite ways to simplify and get cozy for fall in The Simple Interview.
Kristin recapped her end-of-summer getaway to La Playa Resort on the Honey List.
We loved hearing our readers’ favorite things about marriage in Sweet Tea Sunday.

Gracey and Richard: A rooftop ceremony, bright bouquets, and a rickshaw getaway in South Carolina.
Pamela and Greg: Sparkly bridesmaid dresses, orange blooms, and pie place cards in Texas.
Melissa and Will: Baby’s breath, an industrial reception venue, and gold glitter linens in North Carolina.
Bolling and Moultrie: A custom monogram, mismatched bridesmaids, and a sweetgrass-inspired cake in South Carolina.

Have a lovely weekend, and congratulations to anyone getting married!!

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

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Around these offices fall has officially started, so even though I’m now a Floridian, I’ve packed away my white pants and pulled out my boots and cozy sweaters. In the Winchester household, this past weekend marks not only the start of college football and the end of summer, but the beginning of the busiest season for our family (Go Heels, and now, Knights!). A few weeks before our schedules ramped up, KPW and I snuck away to the Florida Gulf coast for a little R&R. We hadn’t had a chance to explore this part of the state since relocating, so I jumped at the chance to stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort.

The resort, decorated in the “Old Florida” style, is situated on the white sandy Gulf Coast beach. We happened to visit during turtle season, so during check-in, the resort staff asked us to make sure our curtains were pulled at night (the bright lights can confuse the baby sea turtles who use the moonlight to find the ocean!). We happily obliged, although I was disappointed that we didn’t witness a hatching during our visit.

Our room was cheerful, with bright and colorful décor, and we had a great view of the beach and the Gulf Lawn from our balcony. The Gulf Lawn is a great grass location situated right next to beach, perfect for bridal luncheons or cocktail hour after getting married in the sand at sunset! During our visit we lucked into being able to peek down and see a darling couple exchange vows on the sand and then move to the lawn to snap photos and swap hugs with their families.

On our first night, we dined al fresco at the Baleen Restaurant and managed to catch a jaw-dropping sunset while enjoying fresh seafood and mouth-watering goat cheese mashed potatoes. (My favorite!) Not wanting our night to end, we moseyed down to the beachfront fire pits to enjoy the amazing weather. Is there anything better than roasting marshmallows beachside? I was glad the hotel had kits available to make all my beachside s’mores dreams come true.

A visit to the spa for a massage, followed by an afternoon on the beach, was a perfect way to spend our Saturday. While I love soaking up the rays, having the chance to sit under an umbrella and order lunch beachside (the staff was so friendly and helpful) was heavenly.

Before leaving, we walked across the street to explore the other LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort event space. Can’t you imagine having a cocktail hour out on this veranda? What lucky brides!

Our little adventure to the west coast of Florida was just what we needed to prepare for our busy fall. We loved the great hospitality and service, and I think I could have moved into one of the poolside cabanas. Whether you’re looking for a great destination wedding location, a fun honeymoon spot, or an anniversary getaway, pack your bags and head south to the sunny LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort!

All photos courtesy of the resort except for photos of me and that gorgeous veranda, which are by Expose Photos!

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Hi belles! Every season we like to find a way to get to know you more, and to share our hearts. To dovetail with our current Cozy Fall focus, each of the Southern Weddings gals will be sharing our favorite ways to simplify and get cozy in our home lives over the next few months. We hope our ideas are helpful as you work to streamline and simplify your own lives for what matters most!

Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James

Say howdy to: Emily Thomas, our Creative Director

Favorite simple beauty routine or product: I’ve recently started using Clinique’s CC cream, and I love it! It’s not quite moisturizing enough on its own for my skin, so I layer it over One Love Organics’ Skin Savior, and then top everything off with a swipe of Bare Minerals’ Ready foundation. (On more casual days, I sometimes leave off the CC cream and just do the powder, but I like that the cream gives me my SPF!)

Favorite simple fall activity: In terms of simple and fall, it doesn’t get much easier than my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Here is the “recipe:” 1) Take a Betty Crocker chocolate chip muffin mix (the one in a bag) and dump it in a bowl. 2) Add 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree (like Libby’s), a 1/2 cup water with 4 tablespoons removed, and a few healthy shakes of cinnamon. Stir together. 3) Bake for 16 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Favorite tech device/app/strategy that simplifies your life: It sounds obvious, but my iPhone’s native Notes app is my go-to! This incredibly simple and incredibly handy app helps me seem more together than I am and be a more thoughtful person than I would be otherwise. I keep so many lists on it, including gift ideas for my husband, restaurants I want to try, books I want to read, things I’m looking for at the flea market, measurements of crucial areas in my house, and the food preferences of my friends and family members (which makes buying treats for them easier!).

Favorite morning routine that simplifies your life: Hrmm. I would not really say I have a morning routine… I’m more the roll-out-of-bed-and-out-the-door-in-twenty-minutes type. (Really. 20 minutes.) However, I have been making smoothies for breakfast recently, and I love that they give me a nutritional “win” to start my day. I’m not picky about the makeup, but right now my go-to combination is half a banana + frozen blueberries + plain Greek yogurt + chocolate protein powder + whole milk + a splash of OJ + spinach.

Favorite evening routine that simplifies your life: A walk around our neighborhood, pre- or post-dinner. Unspooling my day through conversation with John is the best way I know to settle my thoughts and get clarity.

Favorite trick for simplifying your schedule: I have finally admitted to myself that I can ONLY use a monthly view calendar, and it has to be paper (see mine here). So much of what I’m scheduling needs to happen in relation to other things, and I hate having to click back and forth between days or switch between the day view and the month view so I can see every event happening on a certain day. Seeing everything at once helps me to keep my schedule simple and balanced, and not overload any one week or day.

Favorite simple weeknight recipe: When the most important factor is getting dinner on the table fast, these are three of our go-tos: Vegan Chana Masala, Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas, and Lemon Parmesan Pasta with Grilled Chicken.

Favorite simple date: I am continually inspired by all of the couples who share their date ideas in our Southern Newlywed series, because the Thomas household is the worst at date nights. Honestly, just not making dinner ourselves is a treat since we usually cook seven nights a week! So, grabbing dinner from Chick-fil-a or Noodles & Company feels indulgent and fun on a weeknight, and gives us extra time to just be together and talk instead of rushing around getting dinner on the table.

Favorite simple way you love on your beau: Listening to him. It’s embarrassing to admit, but too often I think I can write an email or sort mail or read a blog post at the same time. News flash: I can’t. Listening to him with both ears and both eyes is a great way to show him how much I appreciate him and the fact that he wants to talk to ME! That is a privilege I try not to forget!

Next up in this series: Kristin!

P.S. Looking for more ways inspiring gals simplify their lives? We love our friend Emily Ley’s Simplicity series!

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  1. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    Oh my goodness…I have a feeling I’m going to LOVE this series! Simplifying is just my favorite, and so is autumn! Emily, your pumpkin muffin recipe sounds like the perfect way to slow down and enjoy a simple Saturday afternoon with my husband! Cannot WAIT to read more from you lovely ladies!

  2. avatar Maureen reply

    I just love reading about your team! It’s so nice to have such a personal connection to you even though we’ve never met. It feels like we have. Thanks for taking the time to make sure readers really know you. :)

  3. avatar Meg Gravley reply

    I feel like Emily and I would get along quite well – I am a fan of pumpkin (anything), monthly calendars AND breakfast smoothies! Really enjoy this series so far.

  4. avatar Ashton Dreyer reply

    I 100% agree on the monthly PAPER calendar. I added the Simplified Planner to my birthday wish list a few months ago. Fingers crossed I get it!

  5. avatar Elizabeth Lane reply

    So excited for this series! I am definitely going to be trying out your pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe :)

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