An instagrammable summer + etsy monogrammed clutch giveaway!

I am delighted to introduce you all to this gem of a blogger, Nelle, from Simply Love. She is an amazing woman and has a beautiful blog. She is also fantastic at telling stories via instagram. Today she shares with us some lovely snippets from her summer. They leave me longing for more long, warm days, but I know summer is closing in around me quick. 

She is also giving away a monogrammed clutch from etsy to one of my readers! Enter below! 

Fave blog posts by Nelle at Simply Love:

Go stop by her blog and say hello. She is awesome. I have been blessed to get to know her around here. 

Thanks Nelle for this inspiring post and monogrammed clutch giveaway! 

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an instagrammable summer
hi! i am nelle and i began blogging in january of 2013.

i explore and share on my blog what inspires me… and most of all, what i love.
over the past year, i have grown to absolutely love {love} instagram for so many reasons… it’s become a place of daily inspiration, a place for friendships/networking, and a place to document one of my favorite things in life- photos.
i feel like life is precious- so i blog. i blog to document the simplicity, the beauty, the power of living every single day to the fullest.
most of my blog consists of photos that i either take or photos that inspire me…
therefore, i have decided to share some of my instagram photos from this summer with you all!
it was a wonderful one {i hope the same for you} – one that i am very thankful for <3

mr. monaco and i celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on june 29 
we traveled to st. simon’s island in georgia and absolutely fell in love with the quaint beach town 
we rented bikes, went to the beach/pier, enjoyed seafood, stayed at on old inn/pub, explored boutiques and ate our one year old wedding cake… 

to be honest, it was just ok {if that.}. he loved it much more than i did…
if i had to do it over again, i would have followed this advice for how to preserve your topper
i met up with a bunch of charlotte creatives for a picnic in the park – so fun. 

we celebrated my sister’s bachelorette party in charleston, south carolina-
if you have never been, put it on your list
it’s beautiful. 

her bridal shower took place in june
in our hometown in ohio 
it was a great day/night of celebrating … 
i absolutely LOVED planning this event for her- my best friend in life. 

i was thankful for so much blog love … 
the people i have met by blogging has been my favorite part- without a doubt.
kind, inspiring, genuine- full of love. 

i enjoyed hanging out with my boy, pierre, this summer…
he’s a nine year old himalayan with piercing blue eyes, lots of hair, 
and is the ultimate cuddle muffin

i discovered hot yoga about five and a half years ago and it’s changed my life- 
in so many ways.
i tried out a new studio in our neighborhood
complete with an adorable coffee/tea area…

i take a lot of pride in where i live 
and enjoy making our home a ‘nest’

mr. monaco and i enjoyed lots of summer dinners and wine on our deck
under the market lights
the pillows are from ikea
and at the moment, i can’t get enough of succulents. 

we love our eclectic neighborhood… 
here is our favorite tapas spot-
soul gastrolounge

back to school is in full swing-
a few photos of my classroom 
year 8 
teaching 8th graders language arts

i broke out my wedding shoes again … 
the mrs. monaco shows lots of wedding night dancing love

the monacos are building a house!! 
we decided to share the news with the new #partyparty app {it’s super cool- i def recommend trying it out for some photo booth fun} from my two favorite sisters
and favorite blog/inspiration of all time
mr. monaco= the ‘we are officially broke’ 
nelle= we are going to own our own house!!! 

our new home should be done in december…
i am putting updates on simply love every monday 
be sure to check in – and follow the journey with me 

-this little gem showed up on my door- 
their newest book a happy homemade home came out in august!! 

two creative and sweet sisters i know in charlotte 
began creating beautiful tribal/natural/organic necklaces last fall 
and i fall in love every time they post new items
bring on the pumpkins!!
fall is my favorite- and i can’t wait for some crisp cool weather, bonfires, and boots
here are my newest ones from urban outfitters
also, i just saw this funny article this week – 25 things all white girls do in the fall
no shame- i am guilty of 11. 
what about you?

last sunday evening my sister, her fiancé, and some friends of ours in charlotte
experienced our first ‘at home cooking class’ party and it was a BLAST. 
we laughed, learned so much, and the latin food was delicious. 
i plan to blog soon about the experience, but recommend looking this up in your area…

-an exciting day-
on saturday 9.6.14 i opened up simply love to sponsorships and advertising
i would love to work together <3 

thank you all for following along and for taking time to look through my summer
through insta. 

i feel like it sums up my blog

and what i simply love. 

i would also love to follow one another on instagram 


gift giveaway: 




almost every color clutch are available- 

along with several font and thread options! 

thank you all for following me and i look forward to doing the same!

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