29
Jun

Fourth of July Summer Fashion!

Wow, does anyone else feel like you blinked and suddenly you’re standing in the middle of summer?  It seems we were just talking about the Colors of the Year back in February, and now it’s time to talk summer fashion!  The Fourth of July is just around the corner, so if you’re looking for some patriotic apparel to celebrate the land of the free, check out our top picks from our latest arrivals!

It’s always fun to mix and match, but what could be more fun than sporting a matched set playsuit?  The light chambray fabric has a weathered look with frayed seam detail and delicate white embroidery with a Native American-inspired tribal pattern.  We love the sporty and laid-back appeal to this feminine ensemble, and it’s the perfect answer to “What am I going to wear?” to celebrate the 4th!

Maybe it’s just because I’m an ’80s baby, but nothing says “summer” to me like tie dye!  This cut-out shoulder top is very on-trend for 2016, and the soft, oversized fabric will keep you breezy at those outdoor celebrations.  The Shibori tie dye pattern is reminiscent of our grand ol’ flag with horizontal blocks of red, white, and blue.  Pair with your favorite white jeans or shorts for some funky summer fun!

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Dani Top – $22.95

If you want to sport your patriotic colors with a more creative expression, this gorgeous top will give you a little splash of variety!  The mint background beautifully features red ranunculus and blue cornflowers in an elegant pattern.  If you’re looking for a slightly more formal look for your holiday, check out this print in a lovely and simple sleeveless dress!

You just can’t get better than simple, clean, classic white.  A thin white cotton dress is the South’s LBD – versatile, classic, and COMFORTABLE!  Let’s face it, in this humid heat, you’ve gotta have some comfort.  The Gracee dress may be my favorite item of our summer collection with it’s off-the-shoulder neckline and eyelet detail on the ruffled sleeves and scalloped hem.  It’s the perfect combination of elegance and casual comfort for an outdoor celebration!

Well, we kept it short and sweet today, y’all, but those are my favorite Walker picks for the summer holiday.  Tell us your July  4th celebration plans in the comments below!  

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Some of the most unforgettable summer memories are made over this special holiday.  The hallmarks of my July usually involve watermelon, fireworks, boiled peanuts, and Coca-Cola.  Sometimes it’s easy to just focus on the dead heat and scent of bug spray (let’s be honest), but I hope your holiday is special this year with memories made with family and friends, and a sacred moment to recognize the sacrifices men and women have made for our 240 years of precious freedom.  Don’t let the day go by without thanking someone who has sacrificed their normalcy, their finances, their time with family, or that last full measure of devotion, their lives.  Semper Fi.

24
Jun

Simple Summer Fruited Salad

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Happy first week of summer to you! While the weather has already been at summer temperatures, we can now officially enjoy summer everything. 

One of my favorite ways to celebrate summer is to indulge on summer fruits and veggies. When everything is plentiful and farmer’s markets are overflowing with fresh produce, there is no reason not to have your fair share. 

Fruited salads are my absolute favorite way to enjoy summer produce. With a base of romaine or spinach you can add your choice of toppings and dressings to create the perfect blend. 

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My go to salad consists of strawberries, blueberries, and cucumbers as well as feta cheese and almonds. I typically choose a vinaigrette dressing to top off the salad. You can easily make a dressing to put your own spin on things. 

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What is your favorite way to celebrate summer? Have you ever tried a fun summer produce salad? If so, what are your favorite toppings?

15
Jun

Philanthropy Project of the Month: Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

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Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc – Cierra Crowe and friend

 

Each month, Walker Pharmacy and Boutique is honored to partner with a local charity or non-profit organization by donating a cash fund based on the number of prescriptions filled in our pharmacy locations.  These funds help support these organizations by funding for the needs of the administrators and the needs of those they serve.  For the month of June, we are proud to partner with an organization rooted in Brooklet, Georgia — Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

In the past, the organizations that we have partnered with have been local charities that are helping our surrounding communities, and it has been a blessing to see the direct results benefiting our fellow citizens.  But DL Ministries is distinctly different from previous endeavors because we have the opportunity to fund a local young lady, Cierra Crowe, as she ministers and provides for young children in Uganda, Africa!  By visiting Cierra’s website at www.delightinthelordministries.org or via Facebook through @delightinthelordministries, you will find the remarkable story of DLM’s beginnings as Cierra shares how a short mission trip captured her heart and a seed was planted for her to return on a more permanent basis to pursue education, vocation training, and feeding programs for the children of Uganda.  Cierra also shares blog updates that will enable you to personally participate in the heart of the ministry and to witness how your funds are blessing the growth of the ministry’s outreach as her feeding programs have been established and as she works to establish affordable, quality education for all children.  Now as the guardian parent of three boys previously living at a shelter, Cierra is learning what it means to parent these children with grace under pressure!

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please visit Cierra’s website where you will have the opportunity to donate.  As is always the case, it is difficult to feel limited in our resources to financially support those whom we are committed to encouraging in any way we can.  By spreading the word about Walker Pharmacy’s monthly philanthropy, you will be encouraging others to participate with you as a team as they bring their own prescriptions for secure donations.  Edward Everett Hale once said, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  We as individuals can affect others in profound ways, but our efforts to take a stand and come together as a community can affect a mission or an individual in untold ways for years to come.  Please consider partnering with us today and putting the word out in our community as we seek to bless Cierra and the people of Uganda in tangible ways this month!  Join us next month to find out what our July philanthropy project will be and how you can participate!

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Children of Uganda

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~ A note from the author, Sydney: I love that quote from Edward Hale because it reminds me not only of the power of an individual’s determined devotion, but also of the magnified power devoted individuals pulling together as a community with the same mind and fiercely devoted heart to make the world a better place for someone else.  In the chaos of this world and the heartbreak that each breaking news update brings, it is easy to become disheartened that darkness and evil have become such overwhelming forces.  But as history shows, genuine revolutions are born in persecution and spread like wildfires in the face of such darkness.  Love at its truest form is sacrificial, and sacrificial love is the greatest force on Earth.  Let’s come together as a community to penetrate the darkness and offer our love and devotion to others who need our brotherly faithfulness.  Blessings to you, and join us next week for more updates from Walker Boutique!

8
Jun

Now Trending at Walker Boutique

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In a world of fast fashion sometimes it seems hard to keep up to date with what is currently trending and which trends have come and gone. While personal style is essential, trends are fun to keep up with as well! At both our Market District and Northside Drive stores we constantly see various trends from fun prints to cute kimonos and even as far as trendy poolside decor!

We know that sometimes it is hard to make it in stores (which is why you can shop our online section 24/7) but you want to see which items are currently a hit so you can plan which piece you want to buy next! That is why today we are sharing some of the top sellers that are currently in our stores!

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Long and flowy bohemian inspired outfits seem to be topping our list of most popular items in stores and online. This style of clothing is great not only because it is pleasing to the eye but it also workw on many different body types and sizes, unlike other styles. 

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Lace and lace accented clothing is another hit in stores. These delicate accents give a classic girly vibe to any article  or outfit they are added to. 

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Other popular items include classic, handmade jewelry such as our Designs by Devra line, active wear, and seasonal clothing items. Recently we have been selling a lot of red, white, and blue outfits in preparation for the 4th of July! 

Our in store inventory changes daily so come in often to see what new arrivals we have and see what we currently have trending. However, remember that if you can’t come in you can always shop online 24/7

 

Tell me below in the comments, what trends are you falling for this summer? What outfit have you been dying to try out? 

1
Jun

Three Essential Infused Water Recipes

There’s something about summer that makes me want to go fruit crazy. Likely it is the return of the farmer’s market with all of their fresh produce. With the arrival of summer, infused water becomes a staple in my household. When water becomes infused not only does it look lovely, it can also serve as a great source of antioxidants or other essential minerals as well as encourage others to drink their required amount of water daily.

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With all the options for infused water you may be confused at what goes with what. Luckily, there aren’t many ways in which you can go wrong when pairing fruits, herbs, veggies, etc. Just play around with different mixes until you find something that suits you. 

For all infused waters, the recipe is simple. You will slice your fruit and add them to a pitcher of water. Allow the fruit to infuse for a minimum of 10 minutes before serving. 

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Strawberry Blueberry – You can absolutely never go wrong with a basic berry mix. While strawberries and blueberries go extremely well together you could also substitute raspberries, blackberries, or any other berry. If you want to add a bit of extra flavor, toss in a few mint leaves. 

 

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Cucumber Lime Mint  – This green concoction is perfect for a day relaxing by the pool. Cucumber is known for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory purposes while the lime and mint counter the cucumber by adding a spark of energy to the mix. 

 

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Citrus Trio – Another great grouping for infused water is to do a purely citrus infusion. The varying levels of citrus  will counter each other and create a unique but delicious taste. For this recipe I added lime, grapefruit, and orange. Lemon or other variations of citrus can also be substituted. 

 

Now that you have three ideas to get you started, I encourage you to try your own hand at creating an infused water to keep on hand. With the amount of available fruits, the possibilities are endless for what you can create. 

Tell me below in the comments, what mix of fruit would you like to try?

 

11
May

Graduation Gift Ideas: Home Is Where The Heart Is

 

Graduating seniors will soon be embarking on new adventures so unlike what they have ever experienced before.  Leaving home to spread their own wings and learning how to navigate the world independence, they will experience both the longing for home and the familiar as well as excitement in enjoying their new and different surroundings.  Many will be leaving home to establish their own lives for a season in the Southern cities of Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, or even Statesboro if they aren’t current locals of our lovely town; and others still will be leaving each of these great cities perhaps to attend college in one of the other university towns.  If you’re looking for the perfect graduation gift, Walker Boutique is featuring charming prints and souvenirs that feature these cities’ familiar landmarks that will make the perfect decoration in their new residences to remind them of home or to help them embrace their new cities!

 

Athens Print 

If your graduate is planning to spread their wings in Athens in the fall, this print is the perfect gift to decorate their new residence with the famous landmarks and favorite locations to Athens locals and students alike.  Featuring the University of Georgia campus and famous archway, College Avenue, Sanford Stadium, and the National restaurant, this print will celebrate the sites where they will soon be making memories of their college lives.  And if Athens is their home and they have plans to attend school in another city, this will make the perfect gift to remind them of home!

 

Atlanta Print

 

Atlanta has numerous world-renowned locations such as the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, Turner Field, Centennial Park (home of the 1996 Olympics), the Varsity drive-in restaurant, and Midtown.  This watercolor print captures the landmarks that your student will make memories in fun entertainment and education and will make you proud to be a Georgia native – or new resident!

 

Savannah print

The city of Savannah is famous for its Southern charm and history, and this decorative print features some of the city’s proudest landmarks that students, natives, and tourists alike love to visit.  From the photographer’s favorite Wormsloe Plantation flanked with weeping willows to the famous Forsyth Park fountain, to Southern museum favorites and historic districts, this print captures the sites that your student will learn to appreciate and celebrate as a new resident, or to remember with fondness as a native remembering their hometown.

 

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We may be partial to this last item 🙂  Capturing the charm of this Southern town, this mug features Stateboro’s cultural landmarks such as the Averitt Center of the Arts to the history Jaeckel Hotel turned into our City Hall, as well as family-favorite locations like Mill Creek Park where many have made childhood memories.  Whether your student is leaving their home of Statesboro for a large university or they are coming to our charming city to attend GSU, this makes the perfectly thoughtful gift to celebrate their new season of life.

 

Change and transition can be exciting but never easy to endure, and graduating to embark on the most independent adventure yet should be celebrated!  As someone wisely said, every child needs wings to fly and roots to remain secure.  Celebrate this new season with your graduate and give them this personal gift to remind them of of their home roots or to give them courage and joy about their new home for the next season of life.  Each print measures 8×10 for the perfect size to decorate the walls or furnishings of any size living space, and the natural watercolor tones make it easy to find the perfect mats and frames to match.  Shop online or in stores at Walker Boutique West or our flagship store, Walker Boutique on Merchants Way!  We would love to help you find the perfect items or gift baskets for your beloved graduate!

20
Apr

Checklist for Spring Fashion Essentials

 

Springtime is one of the best times of the year when we celebrate blooming flowers, fresh breezes, greenery coming back to life, and the beginning of all our favorite warm weather activities.  In the South, we have learned how unpredictable the weather can sometimes be during spring season, with sudden changes in temperature and rain or shine forecasts.  This means that we have to be fully prepared with our spring wardrobes, making sure that all manner of cute and comfortable clothing is readily accessible!  Today, we are sharing our spring essentials checklist to be your shopping guide for this season.  With new apparel and accessories arriving by the oodles every day at Walker Boutique, you will easily be able to find everything you need for a practical and fashion forward closet this year!  Download our checklist and be sure to check out our related suggestions below to help you find what you need at Walker Boutique!

 

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spring wardrobe checklist

If you’re like me, sundresses invoke the same emotion as the perfect spring day that’s sunny with a high of 75.  Oh, happy day 🙂  Long or short, sleeveless, strappy, or strapless, a good sundress is the perfect hallmark for your warm weather closet essentials.  For the practical shopper, check out our latest  in colorful Piko sundresses for comfortable versatility that you can dress up or down for any activity.  If you’re shopping for special occasion, shop sundresses in fashion forward prints or fabrics like Victorian florals, chambray, or linen for a more refined silhouette.

 

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Piko sundress $32.95/Victorian floral dress $38

Athletic wear has come a long way from the shiny and loud neon spandex of the ’80s, and now you can feel comfortable to go anywhere in your workout gear like our All For Color athletic and swimwear lines available at Walker Boutique West.  A high neckline the hottest trend in swimwear this year, so be sure to stop by to find your favorite mix and match two pieces!

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Athletic gear and swimwear at Walker Boutique West

Shibori tie dye patterns appeared in recent years, bringing a refreshing and more sophisticated take on a beloved retro design.  At Walker, you will find stunning oversized tunics and fringed tanks in glorious combinations of marbled colors that make a statement piece for your ensembles.  Pair these with tribal statement necklaces from Designs by Devra Jewelry like her best-selling pieces adorned with horns!  

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Shibori tie dye

And speaking of jewelry…

A good rule of thumb is to balance fitted clothing with dainty, minimalist jewelry and flowy, oversized clothing with bold statement jewelry.  In order to avoid looking weighted down, nix the idea of pairing a heavy necklace with your more tailored items; instead, respect the balance and pair those items with our favorite pearl choker or dainty Kendra Scott exposed druzy pendants.  And to avoid those delicate pieces being overwhelmed by bold patterns and lots of fabric, pair your flowy and oversized clothing with stronger statement pieces that feature mixed media beads and stones and daring pieces such as the horns, tassels, and large stones that adorn most statement jewelry today!  We love pairing our favorite Piko tops and dresses with the latest from DBD jewelry that features pops of colors.

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Jewelry at Walker Boutique

That’s our highlight of essential spring clothing items you will need this season, including the gorgeous patterns, colors, and fabrics that are fashion forward for 2016.  What is your go-to item for warm weather?  Tell us in the comments below!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Something about springtime weather just makes you want to revel in the fresh, green grass and soak up every drop of sun that your skin will drink.  And with that refreshing wind of the new season comes the itch to celebrate each day with the happy colors and patterns of warm weather!  I hope that you, like me, are enjoying perusing the latest on the blog and on Pinterest for inspiration.  But more importantly, I hope you feel a fresh wind in your spirit, a fresh fire in your bones to enjoy each day that this year brings.  As Marilla wisely counseled Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”  Seize the day. Live in it. Bring flowers to a lonely stranger.  Leave a secret card for your co-worker.  Jump in the pool with your clothes on!  Let’s make each day worth living for ourselves and everyone around us.  Blessings!

 

13
Apr

Trend to Watch: Farmhouse Style

Trend to Watch: Farmhouse Style

We’ve all been there… Sitting down after a long day at work to relax. Flipping on the TV to HGTV and seeing your favorite show, Fixer Upper, playing. You’ll just watch one episode but then all of a sudden you are 3 episodes in sitting down with a notebook and pen writing down all the ideas you want to implement in your house. 

Recently I have noticed that the farmhouse trend has blown up dramatically. At Walker Boutique we have been receiving shipment after shipment of new farmhouse style items and they have flown out the door. 

I decided to sit down with our in-house interior designer, Kathy, to talk about this up and coming trend. She gave me insight and tips and tricks on how to bring this design into your own home. 

The number one thing she discussed was the importance of the color white in decor. She told me how white items bring a clean, crisp look to a home and create the perfect palette to add on to. 

Then texture was noted. To achieve the farmhouse style texture is essential. Chicken wire can add texture to glass jars or baskets while wooden architectural elements such as window panes can be hung on the wall in place of traditional pictures. 

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Greenery is another important factor in the farmhouse style. Moss covered decorative balls can be placed in a basket for a centerpiece or succulents can be set in windowsills to bring nature indoors. Magnolia wreaths have  been a huge hit at Walker Boutique this spring. Often these wreaths are hung on a metal tray which is in turn hung on the wall. This combines texture, metal and greenery for the perfect wall piece above a mantle or on a gallery wall. 

Trend to Watch: Farmhouse Style

Finally this trend is rounded out by the addition of wrought iron elements and “old timey” pieces such as lanterns. The rustic elements mix with the crisp, clean lines to create this look that is taking over homes across the U.S. 

 

Find more home decor ideas on our Pinterest account and tell me down below, what is your favorite part of the farmhouse trend?

 

30
Mar

Top 5 Spring Fashion Picks at Walker Boutique

Oh how lovely it is in Statesboro now that spring has arrived! The weather is beautiful, the leaves are coming back, and the flowers are popping back up everywhere!

Much like with home decor, the change of seasons brings along the change in clothing choices. No longer are we confined to wearing boots, scarves, and dressing for warmth. Instead we can throw on beautiful blouses with skinnies or shorts and sandals and call it a day. 

At Walker Boutique we have been working hard to bring you all the best in spring arrivals and some of the new styles have stood out in our minds. Today I am excited to show you five of our top sellers this spring!

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  1. Tie Dye for Top – Tie Dye has been a huge hit this spring and we have been seeing it pop up everywhere. From bags to shorts to swing tops and more! The tank top above is the perfect amount of tie-dye to wear without looking to “hippie.” Paired with skinnies and cute wedges the outfit creates a perfect daily look.

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2. In Full Swing Top – Another classic hit is nautical colors. You can never go wrong with red, navy, and white when it comes to clothes. When you add nautical colors to a swingy spring tank you have the perfect warm weather top to wear casually.

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3. Piko: Casual and Comfy Top – Given that it’s spring, there are still a few days where the weather dips below 65 degrees and layers are necessary. To combat the cold, wear a casual and simple Piko and add springish details in your jewelry and accessories. This multi-tassel necklace is the perfect piece to add a pop of color to your cool-weather clothes to give them a spring feel. 

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4. Dream on Dress: Chambray – Another style that I am so happy made a comeback this spring is chambray! I absolutely love this material on everything from shorts to tops to bags. When I say this dress hit the floors at Walker Boutique, I knew I had to have it. It is perfect to wear casually throughout the spring anywhere from shopping to dinner. 

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5. The Bailey Sandal – Another popular item this year are birkenstock style sandals. These shoes have made such headway in the past few months and have been released in many styles. The Bailey is a popular, feminine style we have at Walker Boutique and they are flying out the door. 

 

Have you checked out our new arrivals at Walker Boutique yet? We are adding new items weekly and would love for you to check them out! Tell us, what is your favorite new trend for the spring?

23
Mar

Happy Easter from Walker Boutique

 

The arrival of  Easter is much like the sunrise that I have watched as I write this entry; the still darkness seems to saturate everything, until a sudden and glorious light peers over the horizon and casts the shadows to the ground.  Each holiday brings with it the memories of past celebrations and milestones, as well as new opportunities for creating new memories.  For some, those memories might carry the bitter sting of what has been lost, or serve as a reminder of just how much everything has changed.  But this weekend, we celebrate the one holiday that faithfully reminds us that what was lost has been restored, and that everything has indeed changed… eternally, for the better.

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, remember as you go throughout this week that darkness can never become a permanent shadow over your life because God’s grace is available to you in Christ.  

This is just your friendly Wednesday reminder that no matter how things change, His promises remain.  Seasons change, but He is faithful and able.  He is not here, but He is risen… and you are welcome in His presence.  

Pin our image below for a constant reminder of the everlasting significance of that Good Friday, and that even more glorious Sunday.  Happy Easter from all of us at Walker Boutique!

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Charles. H. Spurgeon

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Thank you for visiting with us this Wednesday, where we wanted to take a step back from the world of business to lift up and  share the life-changing truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday that so many of us have experienced for ourselves.  We hope that you feel the presence and love of God that is without end, displayed for you and celebrated 2,000 years later on this weekend.  Grace and peace to you, dear reader!