Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A New Look

I realized recently it was time for a new look here on the blog...I was craving something fresh, clean and streamlined. I also know how my tastes tend to change {sometimes quickly!} so I went with this design that was affordable, yet chic and fresh. I wanted a design that would show off my posts rather than the all the other things going on around it and I am really happy with it so far. I am still tweaking things and doing a little bit of re-organization to get it just right where I want it.

I thought this was a decent time to re-introduce myself again and give you a little peek into my background. I am married to Stephen- my best friend and true love...we have one sweet, adorable son, Weeks who is 2.5 years old {how is that possible!} and we also have two dogs: Dixie, a puggle, and Tucker, our golden retriever. We live on the coast of North Carolina and are one year into a fixer upper home that was in desperate need of renovating. I mostly blog about our home projects, interior design, recipes that I love, our family, fashion and anything that inspires me! You will notice on my sidebar those categories are tabbed for easy access. Blogs and interests and life just changes over time and this is no exception. After years of blogging I'm still really trying to figure out where I fit in! Anything else you all want to see on here? What do you think about the new design?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Simple Fall Tablescape

Today I am sharing a really simple fall tablescape I put together for our dining room. I actually started out with something much more elaborate and after looking at it for a day or two, I realized it was way too fussy and I paired it down and added some natural elements instead. I think my favorite part is the bright fall colors popping against the white and blue. Lesson learned for me- don't over think it!

I love a reason to pull out my Tobacco Leaf plates!

I covered few books with some fabric for a little pattern and trimmed some fresh magnolia from the yard..

The only thing I did to our bar cart was organize it! 

I keep the Welsh love spoon on our bar cart from my dear friend's wedding...

I tried to keep clear and green bottles on the top shelf and yellow/gold tones on the bottom. It looks so much better organized.

I can easily put this together again if I need to since it was so simple!

I keep tassels on the lamps- they are not pulls but they just hang on the switch.

Hope you all are inspired for something easy, fresh and cheery for Fall!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A new brand and a few other picks...

As I mentioned Monday, I completely fell in love with the dress I found for my brother's rehearsal dinner. It is a new to me brand, Aqua, found at Bloomingdales. The fit and the quality were all there, not to mention it was insanely comfortable. I also think that this caliber of dress is really well priced. I found throughout my dress search that some of my favorite dress lines were.so.expensive...I swear this fall they seem more so than ever?! Anyway, here are a few more picks...and the best part is Bloomingdales is offering their Friends and Family discount right now!
brand to love
pointelle trim fit dress /  v neck lace fit and flare   / floral side cut out dress

I have a small credit with Bloomingdales as well and am interested in finding a new shoe. I probably need to get a pair of flats more than anything because I grab them the most in the fall. Here are a few picks from a few shoe categories...

shoe picks
 gwendolyn basic heel / new louie booties / flex mouse flat

Update: I also purchased the striped turtleneck {on sale and runs a little big, I ordered XS} and gold tennis shoes I mentioned here. In love!

Thanks for all of your instagram love yesterday- thank goodness Weeks and Stephen are just fine after a scary wreck!!! Much, much appreciated! xo.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wedding Weekend Recap

Whew- what a fun weekend we had celebrating my big brother and his new bride, Lynsey. Bobby and I are two years apart and we have always had that close brother/sister relationship...complete from best friends at a young age, to the other end of the spectrum through high school and circling back around to a great friendship and bond we have now! Seeing him happily married is certainly very special and we are so happy for them! Here's a few snapshots of the wedding weekend.

With my sweet Mom and sister, catching up on Thursday night...

The adorable welcome boxes...

My Mom did a fabulous job putting together the rehearsal dinner at the Evergreen Music Room at the Holly Inn...

Loved the boxwood wreaths to welcome us in..

My Dad and I before the rehearsal...

The Grooms cake was absolutely adorable with an emblem of their beloved black lab!

My little sister did the place cards after taking lessons in calligraphy. I'm making her start her own business, she is a natural!

At the Rehearsal Dinner with my love!

This is my look if you are interested...of course the dress is now on major sale with limited sizing- but I am seriously in love with it!

wedding style

dress / shoes / earrings {similar}

Wedding hair and pre-wedding outfits

The bride and their sweet lab, Lou- looking spiffy in his bow tie!

The wedding day is where my pictures slow down- you know the drill, you are so busy all day long and then taking photos with the photographer {thank goodness for professionals!} I can't wait to see them come back, but all I have until then is iphone photos :)

Weeks had just as much fun as we did in the photobooth. He seriously loves sunglasses!

Now onto another week! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wedding Weekend!

Hello y'all from Pinehurst! My big brother is getting married tomorrow and we can't wait to kick off the celebrations very shortly. Pictured above: Weeks couldn't hang last night- way too cute. Make sure you follow along {@katiehchalk} for wedding fun. We are trying not to let the rainy forecast put a damper on things...as the old saying goes, it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day! 

How cute are the coozies?!

Hope y'all have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Uniform Ready

Who wants a new fall uniform? Me. I need something I can reach for and still look pulled together and somewhat polished. The past two weekends I wore almost the exact same thing because of this sticky transition season we are in. Raise your hand if you are obsessed with that turtleneck?! Me! Already ordered it and I know it is going to be on repeat this fall. I know I mentioned wanting a pair of black tennis shoes {still do for legit workouts} but these gold ones? Gold tennis shoes? Yes ma'am. I am due for a new handbag this fall…this one might just be on the birthday list. Those jeans are begging to be thrown on for a Saturday at the Farmers Market, or even my day to day ramblings around the house. Tie it all together with cute hoops and pretty ring set. Done and done.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Faves...Roku/Netflix and Fall Prep!

Woo hoo for Friday! It was a long week for me, busy but we also packed in a lot of fun with two evening boat rides {just beautiful here now} and I started working outside getting my fall plants ready. I also put together a fall tablescape I will show you next week! I shared this on instagram this morning {katiehchalk - new user name :) !! }

For Friday I thought I would cover some of my favorite series we have watched over the last six months or so! We have been proud owners of a Roku since last December- such a big changer for our night time tv.  If you are not familiar, Roku is a streaming device that makes networks like Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, Cable and much more at your fingertips with a click of a button. {And, there are other streaming devices, I've just always heard the best about Roku}. Is it good for us? Haha. I really do not know! We have always watched a little bit of tv here and there. Now it's kind of our wind down time- we watch an episode {or if time permitting, two} of a show each night. Truthfully, it's relaxing and I really look forward to it! I've never been a big TV person but it's somewhat fun to have a series you are into and can look forward to each night. Hooked!

Here are some of our favorites {which I was probably watching instead of blogging- whoops.}


I have always had friends talk about this show in years past and I never got around to watching it. Here is how Netflix gets you: you get to watch the show from the very beginning and BAM you are hooked. We really enjoyed the first several seasons and I'm sad it's over!

Blue Bloods

Such a good All-American show with the daily lives of police officers, attorneys and more in NYC. Each episode features a family dinner on Sunday nights together. I really love that because so many morals and traditions get pushed aside these days! 


A new show that is a little off the grid, but good. We got hooked after a few episodes. About a family  called the Rayburns in Florida that has all sorts of things going on: family drama, secrets, history, and eventually crime. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next season!


I watched a few episodes two years ago and was so happy to watch it again. Basically, Intelligence officers and the world they live in- complete with drama, love, danger, war, terror..pretty much it all. I really liked this show, we just finished up all current seasons. 


Currently watching. Haven't totally gotten hooked yet and that is probably because half of it is in Spanish with subtitles and here I am typing away at my computer! So far it is chronicling Pablo Escobar and the whole drug situation, Columbia, early 1980's etc. Such a crazy world that is out there.

As you can see, we tend to go for the heavy stuff I guess? At that time of day I need something that will capture my interest and we are always looking for new shows. Not mentioned are my personal shows that Stephen has no interest in {I don't make him watch Ladies of London for our nightly television fix!} Netflix has been my favorite channel and I cancelled Hulu after a few months of not really utilizing it. Tell me your faves please! And please tell me you are a Roku convert like me...total game changer.

Linking up with April for Five on Friday / Amanda for Friday Favorites. Happy Weekend!