Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Sale- What I Bought And A Few Wants

Ok so here is the real deal of the things I have actually purchased from the biggest sale of the year, which is now open to the public!! Later in the post, a few things I am waiting for restocks on! This is the one time of the year I don't feel bad on stocking up a bit. Also noted, I think this sale is a great time to buy big ticket items that you might need for the upcoming season. Think designer jeans, sweaters, shoes/boots, purses... Right now I feel pretty set on shoes/boots so I am holding back there, and instead looking for some more basics for my wardrobe. I purged A LOT over the last few years after being pregnant and having a baby, and I still don't feel like I have it quite right! Also- I feel kind of silly with this list because written down it seems like a lot. Just make sure you check the prices, because these are GREAT deals! I snapped a few photos when I tried these on yesterday with my little helper, but we all know I am not a fashion blogger. Although, that seems like it would be really fun! ;)

AG jeans I wanted these last year and they sold out in my size during the sale...all year long I have wanted a pair! They aren't called the "legging" for no reason...they really feel like the closest to a legging I have found, but still a true jean. Already a new favorite!

Plaid Button Down Shirt To add to my arsenal of button down tops. I love the black colorway in this one.



Grey Leggings (same as my favorite black ones!) I also switched it up and went with the grey version in the full length live in legging. I was hesitant because black is always so easy, but I think I will really enjoy having the grey to choose from too! In case you missed my previous posts on these leggings- I LIVE in them. Literally, almost every day of the winter I have these on if I am not at work! Wear them to work out or wear them with a sweater and boots. They pass all the tests...

Adidas T-Shirt Working out is always better with a new top or two. Twenty bucks for a cute shirt isn't bad!


Striped T-Shirt I was iffy about the quality of this since it is so inexpensive, but so far I think it is a great piece, especially for layering. I might consider adding a few more colors at this price! Still wearing the AG jeans in this pic too.


I also snagged these jammies (no pic!) and this lotion that I have heard rave reviews on. I have super dry skin in the winter and I'm hoping this will solve all my problems!

I have been stalking Nordstrom all week waiting for one of these to come back in my size in the pretty off white color. I've decided its a must have for fall this year!
Cozy Cardigan OR Circle Cardigan



What did you guys get? xo.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

First #NSALE picks

The Nordstrom Sale is finally here! Last year I signed up to be a card holder that just links to my bank account. I actually don't even have to use the card itself and just my regular credit card when I am checking out. (I like to keep things simple and use 2 cards only!) Anyway, my point is I think it is worth it to have an account to be able to shop the sale early without any big commitments to a new credit card. So check that out if you haven't! I'm headed up to Raleigh this morning so I will do a more lengthy recap soon...but if you want to know what I had to snag early this morning? These jeans were my top pick! I won't let them slip through my fingers like I did last year by waiting!


These flats are a great buy. I have a pair of black Revas that might possibly be 10 years old. Yes, that is crazy. Good news is they last right?!



I have this dress and love it. It's the perfect dress to wear to church, a shower, work or even out to dinner! I love this brand - this is another really cute dress by them.

I think its safe to say that military jackets are here to stay.  They have been going strong for a few years now and I wouldn't mind having this one. I love it paired with a striped top like below- such an easy look!


Tops with a big tie on the front are calling my name! This one (below), this one is crisp in white, and this is the perfect grey for a cozy day!

I mention them every year, they are so worth it. Add these leggings to your cart and do not look back. I have lost track of how many pairs I own and basically wear them in the winter every single day unless I am working..true story! They suck you in and wash so well. I try to line dry mine to keep them looking newish.

Ok...that's all for now but I can't wait to keep looking through the sale with all new fall fashions, marked down for a short time. Sounds like Christmas in July, right? Please let me know if there are any areas you want me to focus on as I do recaps for the sale!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Master Bathroom Makeover + PRIME finds!

If you have ever thought that I have decorating ADD then you are most definitely correct. I jump around all the time and I really never make decisions until it feels right or I am SO ready for it. I got that cue on Wednesday morning after being away at the beach for almost a week. I just couldn't deal with our bathroom anymore.

Let's backtrack and fill you in on our bathroom. It is not your spacious master that you see in bathrooms these days. Our house was built in '89 just as master baths really started to be a thing. Unfortunately, our house missed that boat! There is a separate room for the shower and toilet with a door, and then a single vanity with a large sink, three drawers, a cabinet and a hamper. It was definitely one of the drawbacks to the house, but of course not a deal breaker since here we are. Did I mention the carolina blue/white chevron wallpaper surrounding the sink? Our kids however, have the largest bathroom in the house, which I am so envious of! In case you missed when we moved in, we are in love with this house- but none of them are perfect.

Now that you are up to speed on the looks of the current bathroom, let's fast forward to my birthday in November of 2016. I asked for basically, a bathroom makeover for our master- all of the pretty parts at least. Those pretty little brass fixtures have been tucked away just waiting for their moment to come out to shine. Please don't ask why they have been sitting in the closet..it has something to do with half painted walls and chevron wallpaper.

Right now, we are knees deep in a garage/breezeway and patio addition, and I knew my patient husband might lose his marbles if I asked for a complete bathroom reno anytime soon. That is fine, because I really am not up for it either. But, when I came home from the beach last week I was ready to strip some wallpaper and make this thing decent. To get you up to speed completely, I have stripped the wallpaper (my first time ever on my own! I was nervous!), painted the walls, and Stephen has installed all the new bath hardware (towel hooks, TP, etc).

I have ordered the mirror and cabinet hardware, but the mirror is on backorder for several more weeks. Darn. It's right up my alley in bamboo 😍 I want to give the trim a fresh coat of paint, as well as the vanity, and install a new window shade.

bathroom makeover


If I'm being honest, sometimes these are my favorite kind of projects when you can really make something out of nothing with out any major work. I'll get into details at a later time on our future plans for a bathroom reno, which involves moving walls, tiling, new shower etc. This makeover is purely cosmetic this time around! Can't wait to show you guys some progress!

As most of you probably know...it's Prime Day! This is the one day a year Amazon hosts a huge sale on thousands of items and the deals can be incredible. Everyone has their own thing they are looking for so I won't go into too much detail. But, I can tell you my Prime membership is worth its weight in gold for items that I don't want to have to run out for or are hard to find. Warning- your husband will probably complain with the amount of Amazon packages that tend to arrive weekly! The deals will change throughout the day and I am not totally sure how the pricing strategy works. So, just keep looking! Here are a few things I found: This wet brush set is perfect! Weeks and I both use them and I'm getting this set to throw in the diaper bag, boat bag, etc. This top is adorable. Love the fun print. I ordered this dress for $35! A $255 dress that I scored for $55! This dress is so pretty and feminine.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fun In The Sun!

It is clearly summertime over here, hence the lack of posting! Who else is trying to wrap their head around the fact that it is the Fourth of July on Tuesday?! Always been one of my favorite holidays. I rounded up some of my favorite summer essentials for some fun in the sun. Everything is on Prime- so at this point you could still have them delivered Monday for the Fourth! 

fun in the sun
Might as well get a new set of beach toys because those little pieces get lost and put in ten different locations! // We use our wagon every day of the week for evening walks. Truly, an essential in my book for kids. They can use it so much longer than any other "toy". // I have always wanted an instax mini...I think it would be fun to take daily photos during the summer and collect them on a board for a collage to look back on! // I recently went to the dermatologist for my yearly check and she recommended this daily moisturizer with SPF. Unlike so many others, it doesn't leave my skin greasy. In fact, I can hardly tell I have it on! EltaMD SPF 46 // Last minute party? Snag this USA banner // Ever since the first time I put sunscreen on Weeks as a baby, he has had a reaction around his eyes to every brand I have tried. I could never figure out if he was getting burned, reacting to the sunscreen or what. I found this sunscreen which is completely safe with no harmful ingredients and it goes on SO easy. No rash around my little man's eyes! Finally!! thinkbaby sunscreen // Both kids love this float and you can use it 4 different ways. 4 in 1 float // My favorite swim diapers are these little swimmers // While getting safe sunscreen for the kids, I bought this for me sunology sunscreen

Not pictured- I would love these mason jar lanterns for our new patio! We are finishing up construction on the new addition in the next few weeks and I can't wait to show you guys!!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Pool Days of Summer

Happy Friday y'all! I am so totally thrown off after getting back from our family vacation on Wednesday. You might follow along on instagram, we were in Williamsburg, Virginia. I had not been since I was a baby so it was all brand new to me. We barely touched on a lot of the historical sites so we will definitely be back in the future!

It's hard to believe we are already halfway through June and I feel like the summer is just beginning! Don't think I am lame here, but my big elaborate plan for the summer is get the kids to the pool and playground several days through the week and then enjoy at least one boat/beach/pool day a weekend. Stephen and I are work horses and always find ourselves engulfed in a new project or work. So, it's our goal to enjoy the summer and most of all, make it special for the kids! During nap times I plan to tackle my little home projects that I am always workin' away on :)



Since I had so many messages about this swimsuit I wanted to link it up here for you. I actually bought it last year when I was nowhere close to wanting to put on a swimsuit post-baby, but I am finally wearing it this year! Find it here via amazon. But really... one pieces...where have you been all my life?! Also, this is the top only (major cheap now) and the bottoms to match. Find Frances Ann's cute suit here and my sunglasses here. Hope that helps y'all!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

April Date Night

I know I am way behind on my date night recaps...this one is taking us all the way back to early April, which we doubled up to celebrate our seventh anniversary as well. We were in desperate need of a night off of duty and so we asked my in laws to watch the kids for a night. We were thrilled we could go out for dinner ANd stay the night at my parent's beach house. Such a good decision! It was the perfect little staycation that gave us some much needed relaxation. To start off, it was a beautiful Spring night with a little bit of warmth from the sun and a pretty sunset. I think so far we have always had nice evenings to celebrate our anniversary dinner...which is such a nice reminder of our beautiful wedding day. I can still feel how perfect that whole week felt!

We went back to our favorite restaurant for dinner, City Kitchen, and since I have already recapped their wonderful food here I won't focus on that too much for y'all. Once again, my date had flowers waiting on the table. A girl could get used to that!


The appetizer sampler is everything I love on one plate. 


Karen always knows what chardonnay to recommend for us!


Happy Seven Years to us!


The best place to catch a sunset!


It was SO nice to sleep in (sleeping in these days is anything past 6:30 am), drink coffee on the porch and just do nothing. I sat outside for hours that morning just sitting! Literally, doing nothing. We also took the dogs on a walk on the beach, which they loved. It was fun for them to get some one on one time since they are big brothers and sisters full time now.





Find my favorite jean shorts here. I received a new camera for Christmas which is what I used on on a lot of these photos on the beach and at the restaurant. It's not super fancy, it fits in my purse and it takes great photos on the go of people. I have really enjoyed it and look forward to learning more about it over time! This is the newest version of my other camera, which I love!


 Before we headed home, we stopped by our favorite little dive- Shark Shack, to bring home lunch for the family. It is a great place to indulge in some fried seafood, my favorite being the grouper wrap or the shrimp burger.


It was a few minutes before 12:00 noon and we got a wild hair and ordered 2 coronas while we waited on our lunch. We typically don't indulge in beverages on Sunday at lunch, but this was a fun treat. I really don't ever drink beer- but that Corona was mighty good!


It was the perfect little staycation and I am scheming our next one already!

Catch up on past date nights here:

January Date Night
February Date Night
March Date Night

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Sale Finds

I wanted to share some favorite sale finds I came across on a few of my favorite sites! First up, as you might know, Nordstrom is having their summer sale for just a few more days and of course, there are lots of good finds!

I love this faux leather tote and it is definitely in that wear it for one season price range. I would double it as a diaper bag. Before Weeks was born I used a giant Kate Spade diaper bag, but I have switched over to using bags just like these to go with the season. That way if I don't feel like using my purse because my hands are full, I just throw a few necessities like my wallet and keys into the diaper tote.

I am a total sneaker convert and love this perforated pair! This color is a great neutral and would be really cute with white jeans.


 This Kate Spade stripe silk top is so fun for summer! 

I couldn't resist these circle earrings (take an extra 30% off making them $11.55!)...that price is too good to pass up!

I love this drapey tank (take an extra 30% off) that you could tuck into a skirt. Good tanks are hard to find and this one lays really well.

My Mom got Frances Ann these adorable pjs (take extra 20% off!) and she is the cutest thing ever scooting around in them! They are so cheap now.


If you are looking to invest in some cookware, this is my favorite line. We use this stock pot all the time in the fall and winter, and it is also great for when I make my favorite turkey meatballs!


Last up- here is an idea for Father's Day! This grill tool set has everything the man needs for firing up the grill. It also comes in a monogram set version if you prefer that way.

Happy Shopping and Happy Friday!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Easy Summer Uniform


summer uniform

My favorite kind of outfits are the kind you can pull together in a pinch. A breezy summer top with a good fitting pair of jeans is basically my favorite thing to wear. I can't resist the fun tassel detail on the shoulders of this top! White tops are a staple in my closet. Pair them with neutrals and a burst of color in your jewelry and you are all set! Both bracelets come in a multitude of colors- and the chain bracelet being a birthstone bracelet makes it especially fun! PS- the jeans, the espadrilles, turquoise bracelet and bag are all on big sale!!! This would make the cutest, well put together outfit for a cook out this weekend...just sayin'! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Lilly Favorites

For a few years I wasn't really feeling the Lilly Pulitzer vibe. I don't know why?! I am a big fan again and have found several things I love this year. Maybe having a little baby girl who is dressed so sweet all the time has brought back my love for feminine colors and patterns?!


Stephen got me this colby romper before our trip to Amelia Island this March. It's been pretty popular and selling out most places. I understand why because it is hands down one of my favorite pieces they've designed in a long time! It can dress up or down really easily. This night in Florida I wore it with Tory Burch sandals for drinks by the pool and then to dinner. A few weeks ago I wore it to my sister's engagement party downtown with heels!


I also found this swing dress that I wore to Steph's bridal shower. I loved the bright colors and it's a style that leans more casual- meaning I will wear it a whole lot!


I also love this fun coverup. It is so incredibly light and breezy, which is necessary in our hot and humid climate. Having a ton of colors makes it match up with a lot of swimsuits and of course I adore that tassel fringe!! Find my sunglasses here.

A few other notables: I bought my first Essie top last summer and hands down, it is one of my favorite tops they make! I love this pattern for this summer. I haven't tried the Essie dress but would love it in this pattern. Try the top, you will love it!!

Oh, and last but not least...I feel like I hit the jackpot yesterday because I found this coverup on sale for 50% off at our Belk! It isn't on sale online but hurry to your Belk to see if they've marked it down for you too!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

One Room Challenge REVEAL Blue and White Dining Room

Well, here we are! Week Six of the One Room Challenge and I couldn't be happier to cross this one off my list. Thank you so much, if you are just now reading or if you have been following along this whole time. If you want a quick recap here are the following links: 

Week One- Plan
Week Two - Drapes and Paint Swatches
Week Three - Painted Room and DIY Chandelier Update
Week Four- New Accessories
Week Five- Pulling It All Together

Otherwise, to catch you up in light speed form, I just made over our dining room! We are new home owners to an older colonial home we are so proud to call it home. There are so many beautiful aspects of our "new" old home and we are really enjoying making it ours. My style is a mix of traditional and modern, with southern influences while keeping my young family in mind. Oh, and I can't turn down a healthy dose of blue and white. 

We will cut to the chase and get to the good stuff- the photos! 





That dentil moulding took hours upon hours of painting but it sure does look amazing.



I have been painting a lot lately and taking some classes, which has been so fun and my choice of activity during free time. I already have some new things lined up to be working on that I can't wait! Also, my handy husband built the frame and I painted it gold.






I found this bamboo console at Winston's Collection on instagram and they lacquered and delivered it right to my dining room. It is such a fun little piece and I love it with the mirror that I have had for ages. I have been wanting to do a plate wall for so long and I finally have it! I just used some of my antique Blue Willow collection (new) and Spode Blue Room.


You might notice the piece of furniture below is different than what I planned on using. I painted that bamboo chest white, cleaned up the hardware...and it still wasn't working. It really was too small for the room. The piece seen below was in our living room so I swapped them. I'm not totally sure it will stay because I would still like something a bit larger, but it works for now! I put some more of my blue and white in it for a punch of color.



Anyone else's husband obsessed with Blantons? I have to say, what a cool bottle.


I couldn't resist this tiny artwork by TomTom! We just got a shipment of his in our shop and I am the proud new owner of his beautiful little artwork.




You can find the plate hangers I used here. Super easy. Also, I ordered these white linen shades for the chandelier and I love how they transformed it even more. If you are new here, I really wanted to save this brass chandelier :)


I have been collecting blue and white for years and am still adding pieces whenever I come across them. I added the Blessing Beads to make our collection even more personal.


The drapes are my babies, literally. I love, love, love looking at this fabric. They make this room really pop and I'm so glad I stepped out of my solid fabric drapery rut! Also the color of the walls is Lily White by Benjamin Moore. This is probably the truest representation of the color, It was a little grey outside on photoshoot day and think it swayed the color a bit. It is a beautiful blue with a hint of grey.


I love a little whimsy in every room in our house to keep things fun and light. How cute are these cocktail napkins?




Thank you again for joining me. I'm excited to check this one off my list! 


I'm looking forward to catching up with the the linkers here and the featured designers here! There is so much good to be seen I encourage you all to check it out! Big thanks to Linda with the Calling It Home for putting this all together.

Linkable sources: I will be updating these throughout the day!
Lamp
Crystals on Chandelier and here
Chandelier Shades
Plate Hangers (invisible!)
Marble Cutting Board
Marble Wine Cooler
Marble Cheese Knives
Bamboo Console
Wine Glasses
Blessing Beads
Stir Sticks
Embroidered Cocktail Napkins
Bow Wine Stopper
Small Bar Artwork
Drapery Fabric
Drapery Hardware
Original Large Artwork by myself- email for inquiries
Chair Fabric