the happy list // no. 6

I normally save happy list posts for the end of the week, but when isn’t it time for a little dose of positivity?

After a quiet, restful and low key week away at the beach, I’m back home with my little family feeling oh so grateful. One of the things I’m most thankful for living here in Florida is that sand and salt water are only a few hours away! They never cease to calm my soul and refresh my spirit.

Today, I’m excited to share a few happy things with you… from my favorite (and affordable) swimsuits being on sale to a new Trader Joe’s product I can’t wait to try. I hope the mix brings a smile to your face!

SWIMSUIT top & bottoms (wearing size small, similar here and here) // HAT wide-brimmed fedora // SUNGLASSES black $15 sunglasses // SUNSCREEN tula facial sunscreen (15% off with code LONESTAR)


the happy list



  • Book recommendation! The Heir Affair was a wonderful beach read. Full disclosure: there is some language and a couple of “adult” moments. But, it is filled cover to cover with fabulous characters, a well fleshed-out plot, and a story I didn’t want to end!
  • I ordered this rattan sideboard for our living room, but have ended up putting it in the kitchen as our bar cart. It is so cute, and I can’t wait to share more!
  • Loving all of the interior inspo from this lady lately!
  • I just came across what looks exactly like my Monolo Blahnik wedding shoes, but at a fraction of the price. Check them out here!
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is around the corner, and this year they’re doing something differently! Everyone will be able to preview the entire sale this Friday, July 24. Even if you’re not a cardholder, you’ll be able to add your favorites to a “wishlist” so you can easily check out when the sale opens up. I’ll be sharing my favorites on Friday, so stay tuned!
  • I shared this song on my Instagram Story yesterday. It always encourages me and centers me back on what is important, and what I’m striving to live for!
  • I was sent this new beauty product and am honestly obsessed with it! I swipe it down the bridge of my nose, along my cheekbones and on my eyelids for a warm, summery glow.

If you have something happy to share, I’d love to see it in the comment below!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Mia said:

    Do you have a new link for the wedding lookalike shoes? The link in the post isn’t working!

    Published 7.21.20 · Reply
    • A Lonestar State of Southern said:

      Hey Mia! I just fixed the link. Sorry about that!

      Published 7.21.20 · Reply
  2. Kelly said:

    Love these happy posts!! So fun! Can’t wait to see how you styled the sideboard, its so pretty!

    Published 7.21.20 · Reply
  3. Libby said:

    Thank you so much for sharing that Trader Joe’s has the new matcha flavored ice cream!!! That’s going at the top of my Tj’s grocery list this week!!! I love these happy lists so much :)


    Published 7.22.20 · Reply
  4. The JCrew collection with Edie Parker is so fun! I love all of the fruit prints and summer colors.

    Published 7.25.20 · Reply
  5. Anne Swearingen said:

    I love this page!

    Published 5.14.21 · Reply